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England Women register close win over Pakistan.
England Women warmed up for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a nervy two-wicket win over Pakistan Women in its first warm-up match at the Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar on Tuesday (March 18).

Having restricted Pakistan to just 106 for 6 after it opted to bat, England scraped to victory in 19.5 overs on the back of Lydia Greenway’s 37-ball 34.

Chasing the meagre total, England overcame an early setback, losing Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor within five overs. Charlotte Edwards scored a 26-ball 21 before falling to Sadia Yousuf’s guile in the 9th over. It was Greenway that came up with a match-winning effort, but during the course of it, she saw a clutch of wickets fall, with Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont, Fran Wilson, and Georgia Elwiss all going cheaply.

When Elwiss was dismissed in the 18th over, 12 runs were still needed from eight deliveries. But Danielle Hazell and Anya Shrubsole held their nerve to take England across the line.

Asmavia Iqbal and Sumaiya Siddiqi were unlucky to be on the losing side as their four-over spells yielded figures of 3 for 17 and 3 for 14 respectively.

Earlier, despite losing the toss, England made a dream start as Danielle Hazell followed Kate Cross’ maiden over with a double-wicket-maiden, sending back Nain Abidi and Javeria Khan, the openers.

Tidy bowling from Jodie Dibble and Hazell further added to Pakistan’s woes, but Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof managed to add 34 runs before Rebecca Grundy dismissed Maroof for 11. Sana Mir, the captain, then took charge and piloted the innings with a 32-ball 36; her innings contained four fours and a six.

Dar retired out on 36 in the 17th over and Sarah Taylor’s brilliant glovework sent Mir back two deliveries later. Hazell was the most effective of England’s bowlers picking up two wickets and giving away just three runs in her two overs, while Sciver returned figures of 2 for 14.

England takes on New Zealand at the same venue on Friday, while Pakistan squares off against Bangladesh on Thursday.

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