England Women delivered a superb all-round performance as they defeated Pakistan Women by nine wickets in the ongoing ICC Women's Cricket World Cup, at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Thursday. The defending champions first bowled out Pakistan for 105 and then chased the target inside 20 overs to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
Katherine Brunt was in brilliant form as England crushed Pakistan in their second last league fixture of the tournament. The pacer took three wickets in her eight overs, conceding only 17 runs and also bowling two maiden overs. She took the key wickets of Nahida Khan, Sidra Ameen and Nida Dar.
There was an interesting incident during the match as Katherine Brunt was forced to stop in the middle of her run-up. Just before Brunt was about to deliver the wall, she was stopped by a teammate as England wicketkeeper Amy Jones hadn’t worn her gloves. The incident took place in the 25th over of the Pakistan innings when there were shouts of “hang on, hang on!!” from Brunt's teammates.
Brunt was left bemused and was heard saying, “Oh god!!! hate running extra” as she vented out her frustration on being stopped midway.
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England captain Heather Knight pleased with recent performances
England captain Heather Knight expressed elation from the team’s recent performances in the Women’s World Cup. She said, “It is not how you start but how you finish,” with respect to their World Cup campaign. Danni Wyatt and captain Heather Knight both remained unbeaten on 76 and 24 respectively as they comfortably chased the target of 106.