England v Pakistan, 2nd women's T20, Loughborough July 5, 2013

Pakistan hold nerve for historic win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan 116 for 8 (Abidi 45) beat England 115 (Brindle 39, Yousuf 3-22) by one run

Pakistan claimed their first victory over England in any form of the women's game with a nerve-jangling one-run win in the second T20 at Loughborough. Having been comprehensively beaten earlier in the day, Pakistan fought tenaciously to defend what seemed a below-par total as Arran Brindle narrowly failed to steer England home when 13 runs were required off the last six balls.

Brindle, coming in at No. 8, put on 39 in 34 deliveries - England's biggest partnership of the match - with Jenny Gunn, before Bismah Maroof struck. Gunn's departure brought in the England captain, Charlotte Edwards, batting well down the order, but she could only make 2 before being dismissed off the final ball of the penultimate over.

Anya Shrubsole was caught off next delivery, as Maroof took responsibility for the final over, but they succeeded in getting Brindle on strike. She halved the deficit with a blow for six but, with three needed to win off the last ball, Brindle was run out attempting to come back for a second. The damage had been done earlier by Sumaiya Siddiqi and Sadia Yousuf, as England slid disastrously from 28 for 0 to 52 for 6 in 6.1 overs.

Pakistan could only muster 75 from their 20 overs in the morning and they looked in trouble again, when falling to 40 for 4. Nain Abidi and Sana Mir combined for 55 at almost a run-a-ball but Abidi fell five runs short of a half-century at the start of the 18th over. Mir continued to work the ball into gaps, running all but four of her unbeaten 31, and Pakistan's total of 116 was just about enough come the final reckoning.

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  • Asif on July 8, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    I agree with the comments made by Cricket_Man. I am a strong supporter of Pakistani cricket, but recent lapses in performance (where it actually counts) suggests a lack of professionalism and accountability. Sana and the rest of the team have to develop consistency in their game play. It is true that batting collapses do occur, but for the Pakistan women's team it is almost happens with dead certainity. Can they at least target to score in the range of 200 runs - it does not matter even if they loose. I rather see them consistently offer a good fight than a win once in a while.

  • John on July 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Well played Pakistan and Eng.

    Not sure what I make of having 2 games in the same day. Could it mean that the team who wins the 1st game doesn't quite have the same motivation as the side who loses the 1st game in the second? Still innovative thinking nonetheless and congratulations for giving the paying public VFM - Something I feel is sadly lacking in thinking of the cricket organisers in general

  • Jawwad on July 7, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Good on Pak Women. The win should boost their confidence ahead of other series now. Considering opponents were England no matter what strength this is a major feather in their caps.

  • TARIQ on July 6, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Congrats to PAK Girls, good work, PCB should invest more in women cricket in PAK and set up a grass root level cricket throughout colleges,Unis and departments,,they should make it mandatory for all first class teams governing bodies to have a women team as well so girls can get jobs and get paid to adopt this as carrier. Pakistan ladies cricket has so much potential and it should be given a proper chance to thrive. Best of luck girls again.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    great work done by Pakistani girls :)

  • Owen on July 6, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Not the first time I have been a little perplexed at the England women's management - they seem to constantly chop and change the batting order, and persist with underperforming players. Can't blame them for experimenting a little, but they seem to have gone a bit far.

    From the scorecard and report it looked like a great game though, Bismah Maroof looks to be a decent prospect: runs in thr first odi, catches and wickets at the end of this match. Congrats Pakistan

  • Faizan on July 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Although a win is a win, I am still disappointed by Pakistani team's general performance. Just like the Pakistani men our women struggle with their batting. It was like the English women were mocking the Pakistani women by playing a weakened side where they shuffled their batting order. There is no difference between Pakistani men and women when it comes to batting, fielding and physical fitness. Pakistan women cricketers need more exposure and professionalism.

  • ian on July 6, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Many hearty congratulations to the Pakistani women! I am sure that their thrilliing win against a much more accomplished side that was duly punished for messing about with the selection & batting order will provide the PCB/ICC with sound evidence that women's cricket in Pakistan needs all the support it can get. It would be great to know that girls in school & colleges throughout Pakistan get the maximum opportunity to practise & play our great game so that the women's team can go from strength to strength. Strong female participation in sport is a genuine indication of a society that is moving on & throwing off the restrictive & controlling patriarchal societal structure that denies half of the population the chance to fulfil its potential, besides imporoving the fitness of girls & women generally. To those who appreciate the bigger picture (my default position) this famous victory was the most important cricketing news on the planet yesterday, without question. Pls publish.

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Well done Pak girls! Proud of you..

  • Dummy4 on July 5, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    wow excellent win keep it up girls ,atleast some good news for Pak cricket Misbah 11 should have to learn from them how to win.. really proud on you girls ,it is a big win to boost ur confidence for future..wish u good luck

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