Heather leads Eng­land women to seven-wicket win

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

LE­ICES­TER—Heather Knight marked her first game as Eng­land women’s cap­tain with five wick­ets and an un­beaten 50 to seal a seven-wicket win over Pak­istan in the open­ing match of the one­day se­ries.

Ap­pointed suc­ces­sor to Char­lotte Ed­wards, Knight took 5-26 to dis­miss the tourists for 165 in 45.4 overs.

Opener Tammy Beau­mont hit 70, adding 96 with Knight as Eng­land cruised home with 18.1 overs to spare at Grace Road.

Knight is the first player to take five wick­ets and make a fifty in an ODI.

New Road hosts the sec­ond game of the three-match se­ries on Wed­nes­day.

The fi­nal ODI will be held at Taun­ton on Mon­day, be­fore the sides play three Twen­ty20s. Kather­ine Brunt needed only 19 balls to claim her 100th ODI wicket as Pak­istan’s in­nings be­gan poorly af­ter Eng­land won the toss.

But it was off-spin­ner Knight who starred, spark­ing Pak­istan’s slide from 93-3 by hav­ing Iram Javed caught by Lau­ren Win­field at first slip with only her sec­ond de­liv­ery.

Sidra Ameen was caught and bowled by the skip­per for 52 off 79 balls, with cap­tain Sana Mir fol­low­ing in the same fash­ion two balls later.

Num­ber nine As­mavia Iqbal made 22 off 34 balls but Knight wrapped up the in­nings by hav­ing her caught at long-on two deliveries af­ter re­mov­ing Sa­nia Khan.

Lau­ren Win­field per­ished to the first ball of Eng­land’s re­ply and Ge­or­gia El­wiss was bowled for 12 to leave the hosts 33-2.

But Beau­mont looked com­pletely at ease and seized her op­por­tu­nity at the top of the or­der, hit­ting four fours off five balls as she showed her early in­tent.

Iqbal re­moved Beau­mont for 70 - her first ODI half-cen­tury - but by that time Eng­land re­quired only 37 to win.

Sciver made an ag­gres­sive run-a-ball 27, com­plet­ing a com­fort­able victory mo­ments af­ter Knight brought up her 70ball fifty.—AFP

Kather­ine Brunt cel­e­brates af­ter tak­ing one of her two wick­ets, Eng­land Women v Pak­istan Women, 1st ODI, Le­ices­ter.

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