England women make winning start
Laura Marsh and Charlotte Edwards shared an opening partnership of 102 as England women got their World Twenty20 campaign under way with a comfortable 43-run win against Pakistan.
Marsh struck seven fours and two sixes en route to 54 - her first half-century in the shortest form - and skipper Edwards contributed 45 to give England the perfect start after Pakistan had chosen to field.
Six wickets fell for 31 thereafter, ensuring England ended their innings on 133 for six.
However, that total still proved well beyond the reach of Pakistan, who were dismissed for 90 with Holly Colvin returning career-best figures of 4-9.
"We were pleased to get off to a good start today. We played positive cricket and that's how we play our game,” said player of the match Marsh, who also picked up a wicket.
“It's always good to contribute; we look to go out there and hit boundaries and Charlotte and I did that. We've worked hard as a team on knocking the ball into the outfield even when there isn't so much pace on it, so we are not concerned about facing spin.
“All the bowlers bowled well today and there was another good team performance in the field. We're all happy with our positive start to the competition and look forward to playing India on Saturday.”
Both Marsh and Edwards attacked from the outset to put England on course for an imposing total.
Fifty-three runs came from the first six overs and England had 93 on the board at the end of the 12th when Marsh moved past 50 with her second maximum.
Both openers were run out soon after, sparking a flurry of wickets that gave Pakistan hope of securing a shock triumph, yet it was not long before Edwards’ side were back in control.
Danni Hazell, Katherine Brunt and Marsh struck in successive overs to reduce Pakistan to 24 for three, and the former picked up a second scalp before Colvin took centre stage.
The left-arm spinner had top-scorer Javeria Khan caught by Hazell for 23 and then removed Nida Dar and Marina Iqbal in successive balls.
After two run-outs, Colvin then wrapped up England’s victory with the wicket of Sadia Yousuf.