England ease past Pakistan
England women sealed a second comprehensive Twenty20 win over Pakistan in as many days as they cruised to an 81-run triumph at Loughborough.
Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor struck a blistering 35 from 17 deliveries to give England a solid foundation that was best capitalised on by a career-high 29-ball 41 from all-rounder Danni Wyatt.
The result was a total of 162 for seven that Pakistan did not come remotely close to challenging, thwarted by a miserly display in the field from the hosts as they made 81 for five from their allocation.
Laura Marsh set the tone for England’s innings, scoring all 16 of her runs in boundaries before becoming the first of seamer Asmavia Iqbal’s four victims.
That brought Taylor to the crease and captain Charlotte Edwards was happy to play a supporting role in compiling 24 as the fireworks commenced at the other end.
By the time Asmavia dismissed Taylor and Arran Brindle with consecutive deliveries, England were handily placed on 80 at the halfway stage.
Wickets then fell at regular intervals but Wyatt settled well, peppering her 29-ball stay with regular boundaries.
Wyatt became the final England player to depart to Asmavia, caught in the deep from the first ball of the 20th over, before Susie Rowe dealt her impressive figures some late damage with a two sixes and a last-ball four as England plundered 20 from the final set of six.
Katherine Brunt rounded off an opening maiden by having Pakistan opener Nain Abidi caught behind and it was a start indicative of an innings that lacked impetus throughout.
Nida Dar, captain Sana Mir and Bismah Marooff all contributed handily enough - the latter top scoring with 29 - but a boundary haul of six fours and a solitary maximum meant England’s total was never threatened.
Marsh was the pick of the home attack, taking 2-15, while Jenny Gunn and Wyatt helped themselves to a wicket apiece.
England begin a five-game T20 series with West Indies on Saturday at the Emirates Durham ICG and today’s player of the match Wyatt said: "It was another good team performance today; we got the runs on the board and put them under pressure with the ball.
“I was pleased to contribute and it was very satisfying to set a new highest score. We'll take momentum from these matches into the series against the West Indies."