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Heather Knight, Amy Jones And Sarah Glenn Pummel PAK As ENG Take 1-0 Lead

Danielle Gibson also smacked 41* from 21 balls to take England to 163 (x.com)Danielle Gibson also smacked 41* from 21 balls to take England to 163 (x.com)

Brief Scores: England Women: 163-6 (20 overs) [Heather Knight: 49 (44), Danielle Gibson: 41* (21); Waheeda Akhtar 2/20 (4), Sadia Iqbal 2/30 (4)] defeated Pakistan Women: 110 all out (18.2 overs) [Sadaf Shamas: 35 (24), Gull Feroza: 17 (15); Sarah Glenn 4/12 (4), Lauren Bell 3/22 (3.2)] by 53 runs.

Hosts England outflanked Pakistan Women in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match home series at Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground on May 11.

Knight, Jones, Gibson lift ENG from 11-4 to 163

England Women lost four of their top five batters within just the first three overs of their innings, with Pakistan’s new-ball pacer Waheeda Akhtar orchestrating the hosts’ top-order collapse alongside bowling partner Sadia Iqbal. 

Middle-order batter Freya Kemp, on the other hand, became casualty of a horrible mix-up with captain Heather Knight to become England’s fourth wicket of the innings as the hosts fell to a precarious 11-4 in 2.5 overs.

Captain Knight (49 off 44 balls) subsequently led England’s belligerent response alongside wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones (27-ball 37) as the two cricketers steered their side past the 50-run mark.

Following their dismissals at the hands of Tuba Hassan and Sadia Iqbal respectively, lower-order batter Danielle Gibson bashed 41 unbeaten runs from just 21 balls while Sophie Ecclestone produced three boundaries in her 11-ball 19* as the Englishwomen rushed their way to a competitive 163-6 by the completion of their innings.

Glenn, Bell derail Pakistan’s run-chase plot

Despite losing opener Sidra Ameen to a trap laid out by English spinner Charlie Dean, Pakistan raced to its first 50 runs from just five overs. 

Chasing 164 for a win, number three batter Sadaf Shamas (24-ball 35) smeared seven boundaries to lead Pakistan’s charge at the top alongside Gull Feroza.

However, Pakistan’s seemingly comfortable expedition deteriorated at 50-2 with a screamer from English wicketkeeper Amy Jones, thus handing new-ball fast bowler Lauren Bell her first wicket (Gull Feroza) of the evening.

Feroza’s dismissal triggered a colossal batting collapse for the visitors as they ended up losing their final nine wickets for just 60 additional runs to fold up for 110.

Bell snared two more wickets in the innings to finish with figures of 3-22, while leg-spinner Sarah Glenn packed four Pakistani victims at the expense of just 12 runs from four overs.

With a comprehensive 53-run win in the bag, England Women went 1-0 up in the three-match series and will now face the visiting Pakistan party at Northampton on May 17.