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July 3, 2013
England 157 for 4 (Edwards 62) beat Pakistan 156 for 6 (Maroof 57*, Sciver 3-28, Brindle 3-38) by six wickets
England secured a 2-0 series win with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Pakistan. Charlotte Edwards again led from the front with another half-century, after the England bowlers had kept a tight grip on Pakistan's innings, despite an unbeaten half-century from Bismah Maroof.
A target that required England to go at little more than three an over did not exert the batsmen too much, although Nida Dar's removal of both openers, Edwards and Arran Brindle, did slow their progress. They were 93 for 2 in the 22nd over after Edwards' dismissal and Sarah Taylor hit a spritely 34 before Heather Knight and Lauren Winfield knocked off the winning runs with 12 overs to spare.
Pakistan's innings got off to a bad start as Natalie Sciver, in her second ODI, ripped out three early wickets. That left them on 45 for 4 but a half-century partnership between Maroof and the captain, Sana Mir, dragged them towards respectability. Maroof reached her third ODI fifty and remained unbeaten as Brindle matched Sciver by taking three wickets.
The teams play each other again on Friday, in back-to-back T20s, before Pakistan move on to the Ireland leg of their tour, which includes three ODIs and three T20s.
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