Edwards, Gunn secure big win
England 227 for 7 (Edwards 83, Brindle 55) beat Pakistan 116 (Gunn 5-22) by 111 runs
England overwhelmed Pakistan in the first of two ODIs, with Jenny Gunn's career-best 5 for 22 backing up half-centuries from Charlotte Edwards and Arran Brindle in a 111-run win. Edwards and Brindle put on a century opening stand and although England's total wasn't intimidating, Pakistan slid from a promising 101 for 2 to 116 all out in ten painful overs.
The key wicket was that of Javeria Khan, whose composed 39 had anchored Pakistan's chase. Javeria and Nahida Khan opened with a 58-run partnership and she added another 37 for the third wicket with Bismah Maroof before becoming the first of Gunn's victims. Wicketless in her opening spell, Gunn returned to take 5 for 4 in 21 balls and torpedo Pakistan's chances.
"I was really pleased today, I think we set the tone and personally it felt good to bowl," Gunn said. "We were confident of defending our total but knew we had to bowl to our plans and we broke through at the right time to slow them down."
There were wickets for four other bowlers, including the debutante Natalie Sciver, as eight of Pakistan's batsmen failed to get into double figures.
England's innings also tailed away slightly, after Edwards' departure with the score on 140 for 1. Lydia Greenway hustled an unbeaten 38 from 29 balls to lift England to a solid 227 for 7, while Sadia Yousef was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers, picking up 3 for 33.
England take a 1-0 lead, with the second match to be played on Wednesday. They will be without Georgia Elwiss, who will also miss the two T20s scheduled for this week. Elwiss has sustained a back injury and was replaced in the squad on Monday morning by the uncapped Essex seam bowler Beth Langston.