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Laura Marsh was typically modest after winning the player of the match award as England Women made a perfect start to their World Twenty20 campaign.

Marsh cracked a lively 54 off just 41 balls - her first Twenty20 half-century in England colours - before picking up 1-14 from four tidy overs as her side beat Pakistan by 43 runs.

Laura Marsh & Charlotte Edwards

Laura Marsh raises her bat after moving past 50 in Galle as England Women hammered Pakistan by 43 runs in their opening match

"It was good," Marsh told ecb.co.uk. "I just try to be positive - sometimes it comes off and sometimes it doesn't.

"I've got a few forties so it was good to get my first fifty. More importantly we won the game and can look forward to India on Sunday."

The Sussex all-rounder biffed seven boundaries and two maximums during her innings as she and captain Charlotte Edwards put on 102 for the first wicket.

"It was a slow pitch so I tried to get some momentum into the ball by going down the wicket," Marsh said of her two sixes which sailed over the boundary at long-on and midwicket.

"I think Lottie and I complement each other well. I try and attack the seamers while she is a brilliant player of spin. It's great to have her at the other end.

"We were on 75 after 10 overs and were looking towards 150 but it was a difficult wicket for new batters to come in and start their innings."

Despite England failing to take full advantage of the platform set by Marsh and Edwards, Pakistan never looked likely to overhaul 133 for six.

They were eventually bowled out in the final over with Holly Colvin taking a career-best 4-9; off-spinner Danni Hazell finished with 2-19.

"The spinners bowled really well," said Marsh.

"It was good that we took 10 wickets but they were always behind the rate and it was going to be hard for them to get that total.

"It was a good performance. There were a few nerves before the game so it was good to get a win under our belts. We played pretty well but there are areas we can improve."

Laura Marsh, Charlotte Edwards & Pakistan women

England's openers - Marsh and Charlotte Edwards - lay the perfect platform with a stand of 102 that left Pakistan with a mountain to climb

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