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Jones, Ecclestone give England 1-0 lead in T20Is

Eng v Pak, 1st WT20I, report

England eased to a 29-run win over Pakistan in the first Women’s T20I in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, 17 December, thanks to a half-century from Amy Jones and a three-wicket haul from Sophie Ecclestone.

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Pakistan opted to field, but despite dismissing Danni Wyatt for a run-a-ball 6, they posted 154/4. That was largely because Jones, the opener, scored a brisk 39-ball 53, while the likes of Tammy Beaumont (30 off 29) and Nat Sciver (34* off 29) kept the scoreboard ticking.

Jones and Beaumont put on 58 for the second wicket, the partnership only being broken in the 11th over when Syeda Aroob Shah, the leg-spinner, went through Jones’ gates.

Thereafter, Sciver and Beaumont added 30 for the third wicket, and late cameos from Katherine Brunt (18* off 12) and Heather Knight (13* off 5) helped push the target to a tricky 155.

Pakistan should have chased that down, given their captain Bismah Maroof scored 60, but single-digit scores from eight of the remaining batters meant they were bundled out for 125 in 18.4 overs.

Pakistan were reduced to 1/2 when Nahida Khan and Javeria Khan, the openers, both fell for nought. Maroof and Umaima Sohail then added 47 to revive the innings, but when Sohail was dismissed in the sixth over for a 14-ball 21, another collapse was triggered.

From 47/2, Pakistan slid to 61/6, and despite Sidra Nawaz providing Maroof with some much-needed support – they added 60 for the seventh wicket – but once that stand was broken, with Sciver getting the important wicket of Nawaz, another slide did it for Pakistan.

Maroof was the last wicket to fall, after a 58-ball knock comprising five fours, but without adequate support, her efforts were in vain.

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