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Wyatt helps England to 3-0 series win over Pakistan

Sports Desk | banglanews24.com
Update: 2024-05-21 10:15:18
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England completed a 3-0 T20 series clean sweep over Pakistan as Danni Wyatt's belligerent 87 set up a comfortable 34-run win at Headingley.

Opener Wyatt capitalised on sloppy fielding - she was dropped on 12, 79 and 81 - to score the bulk of England's 176.

Wyatt struck 45 from her last 16 balls at which stage England looked on course for a bigger total but her dismissal was the first of eight wickets lost for 58 runs as the hosts were dismissed in exactly 20 overs.

That score - England's highest of the series - still proved well beyond Pakistan, even with a good start by the tourists.

Pakistan were always behind the scoring rate in reaching 60-0 and after Sophie Ecclestone dismissed Sidra Ameen for 26th in the ninth over, fellow opener Gull Feroza was caught for 30 in the next over.

Captain Nida Dar and Aliya Riaz shared an unbroken stand of 69 - Pakistan's highest in T20s against England - to stretch the game out but Pakistan ended well short on 142-4.

Next is a three-match one-day international series between the sides, starting in Derby on Thursday.

Wyatt shines at sun-drenched Headingley
This series has been one-sided but there remains both positives and negatives for England as they build towards the World Cup in the autumn.

Wyatt will, once again, be a key player in Bangladesh and after scores of one and six in the first two matches of the series, showed her familiar range of wristy flicks, sweeps to leg and drives through and over the covers in her 48 balls.

Having been dropped by wicketkeeper Muneeba Ali, diving low to her right across first slip off seamer Diana Baig, Wyatt accelerated by taking 20 runs from the 11th over, bowled by spinner Dar, including three of her 12 fours and a high six over long on.

Wyatt was dropped twice more, a simple chance at mid-off and a tougher opportunity diving forward at deep extra cover, before finally being taken by Sadaf Shamas in a repeat of the latter.

Against stronger opposition, England may have been punished for the lack of other contributors, however.

Wyatt’s opening partner Maia Bouchier was run out for the second match in a row – she set off for a single after driving straight to point – while there were rare failures for Nat Sciver Brunt and captain Heather Knight, who made eight and 12 respectively before chipping tame catches.

Alice Capsey was run out for one and Danielle Gibson caught at short fine leg for 13, having already been dismissed by a no-ball on one.

Amy Jones, named player of the series for her runs and work with the gloves, was the only batter join Wyatt in passing 20 with her 26.

Source: BBC

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