Thanks to half a century from Amy Jones and a set of three from Sophie Ecclestone, England prevailed against Pakistan on Tuesday 17th December in the women’s first T20I in Kuala Lumpur with 29 wins.
Pakistan chose the field, but despite the dismissal of Danni Wyatt for a Run-a-Ball 6, there were 154/4. This was large because Jones, the opener, scored a brisk 39 ball 53, while greats like Tammy Beaumont (30 out of 29) and Nat Sciver (34 out of 29) kept the scoreboard going.
Bismah Maroof made a fine 60, but Pakistan fell 29 runs short in their chase of 155 in the first T20I against England. Sophie Ecclestone was the star with the ball, taking 3/21.#PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/wHEX8FNkbs— ICC (@ICC) December 17, 2019
Jones and Beaumont put 58 on for the second wicket. The partnership was only broken on the 11th when Syeda Aroob Shah, the leg spinner, walked through Jones’ goals.
After that, Sciver and Beaumont added 30 for the third wicket, and the late cameos of Katherine Brunt (18 * of 12) and Heather Knight (13 * of 5) helped bring the goal to a tricky 155.
Pakistan should have undercut this since its captain Bismah Maroof scored 60 points, but eight of the remaining Batters scored a single-digit point, meaning they were bundled at 18.4 overs for 125.
Pakistan was cut in half when Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan, the openers, were both free. Maroof and Umaima Sohail then added 47 to revive the innings, but when Sohail was released in the sixth for a 14-ball 21, another breakdown was triggered.
Pakistan slipped from 47-2 to 61-6, and although Sidra Nawaz provided much-needed support to Maroof – they added 60 for the seventh wicket – this position was broken, and Sciver received the important wicket from Nawaz, another slide did it for Pakistan.
Maroof was the last to drop after knocking 58 balls out of five fours, but her efforts have been unsuccessful without adequate support.