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ENG vs PAK: Danni Wyatt Powers England To A Clinical Win To Wrap Up The T20I Series 3-0

England clinched a convincing 34-run victory over Pakistan, thereby completing a 3-0 clean sweep in the T20I series.

Opting to bat first after winning the toss, England posted a formidable total of 176 runs in their allotted 20 overs, courtesy of a scintillating innings by Danni Wyatt. England’s innings began with an early setback when Maia Bouchier was run out by a sharp piece of fielding from Diana Baig and wicketkeeper Muneeba Ali for 8 runs. Bouchier’s dismissal, resulting from a risky single, left England at 36 for 1 in the 6th over, applying early pressure on the batting lineup.

However, Wyatt soon took control, displaying a masterclass in aggressive batting. She dominated the bowlers with an array of powerful strokes, driving and pulling with precision. Wyatt smashed 87 runs off just 48 balls, laced with 12 boundaries and a six, maintaining a strike rate of 181.25. Her innings was a blend of calculated aggression and exquisite timing, which allowed her to accelerate the scoring rate significantly.

Wyatt’s onslaught began in earnest as she targeted the Pakistan bowlers, particularly punishing any loose deliveries. Her ability to find the gaps and clear the infield with ease kept the scoreboard ticking over at a rapid pace. Her 50 came off just 34 balls, setting the tone for a high-scoring total.

Her effort was supported by brief contributions from Nat Sciver-Brunt, Heather Knight, and Amy Jones. Sciver-Brunt, though not at her fluent best, managed to add 8 runs off 10 balls before falling to Nida Dar. This wicket was crucial as it ended a potentially dangerous partnership early. Heather Knight, the captain, added a crucial 12 runs off 13 balls. Her partnership with Wyatt was vital in maintaining the momentum as they put together 50 runs in just 25 balls, pushing the total past the 100-run mark.

Amy Jones then provided the necessary firepower in the middle order, chipping in with a quickfire 26 off 15 balls. Her aggressive approach, which included four boundaries, ensured that England capitalized on the platform set by Wyatt. Jones’ innings was particularly important in the latter stages, as she kept the pressure on the bowlers and continued to push the scoring rate upwards.

England’s innings saw contributions from other batters as well, though they were brief. Danielle Gibson scored 13 off 10 balls, including two boundaries, while the tailenders chipped in a few runs towards the end. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals in the last few overs, England managed to post a challenging total, thanks to Wyatt’s anchoring knock and the brisk scoring from Jones and other middle-order batters. The total of 176 was a result of a well-paced innings that mixed caution with aggression, setting a high target for Pakistan to chase.

Pakistan’s bowling effort in the 3rd T20I at Headingley saw moments of brilliance, particularly from Diana Baig and Nida Dar, who each claimed three wickets, but overall, they struggled to contain the aggressive England batting lineup.

Diana Baig was the standout bowler for Pakistan, delivering a disciplined and effective spell. She bowled her full quota of four overs, conceding just 26 runs while picking up three crucial wickets. Nida Dar also had a significant impact, despite being more expensive. She finished with figures of 3 for 45 from her four overs.

In response, Pakistan got off to a promising start, with openers Gull Feroza and Sidra Ameen putting up 45 runs for the first wicket in 6 overs. Feroza’s innings of 30 off 29 balls and Ameen’s 26 off 29 balls, both punctuated with five boundaries, provided a steady foundation. However, the departure of both openers in quick succession, followed by the loss of Sadaf Shamas and Muneeba Ali, who managed only 6 and 3 runs respectively, left Pakistan struggling at 73 for 4.

Nida Dar, leading from the front, and Aliya Riaz then formed a resilient partnership. Dar’s unbeaten 29 off 24 balls, which included three boundaries and a six, combined with Riaz’s solid 35 off 27 balls, managed to stabilise the innings somewhat.  However, the mounting required run rate and tight bowling from England ensured that Pakistan never really got back into the game. Sophie Ecclestone, Danielle Gibson, and Lauren Filer all claimed a wicket each, with Ecclestone being particularly economical, conceding just 19 runs in her four overs.

Pakistan’s innings concluded at 142 for 4 after 20 overs, falling short by 34 runs. The disciplined bowling and effective field placements by England were pivotal in their victory, as they managed to exert significant pressure on Pakistan during the middle overs, effectively curtailing their chase.

From the outset, England’s bowlers maintained a tight line and length, making it difficult for the Pakistani batters to score freely. The tight bowling and smart field placements ensured that boundaries were hard to come by, and the Pakistani batters were forced to take risks, which led to their downfall.

The match highlighted Danni Wyatt’s outstanding batting prowess, earning her the ‘Player of the Match’ accolade.

Additionally, Amy Jones was declared ‘Player of the Series’ for her consistent performance, amassing 78 runs throughout the series. With this victory, England not only secured a series whitewash but also showcased their dominance in the shortest format of the game ahead of the all elusive T20 World Cup.

Brief Score: England vs Pakistan 3rd T20I

England- 176 all out in 20 overs (Danni Wyatt 87; Diana Baig 3/26) beat Pakistan- 142/4 in 20 overs (Nida Dar 35*; Sophie Ecclestone 1-19) by 34 runs.


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