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RESULT
1st ODI (D/N), Derby, May 23, 2024, Pakistan Women tour of England
(50 ov, T:244) 206/9

ENG Women won by 37 runs

Player Of The Match
3/26
sophie-ecclestone
Report

Capsey the mainstay as England close out 'scrappy' 37-run win

Pakistan bat out full 50 overs as England struggle to make dominance tell

Valkerie Baynes
Valkerie Baynes
23-May-2024
Alice Capsey played a key hand in England's innings, England vs Pakistan, 1st Women's ODI, Derby, May 23, 2024

Alice Capsey played a key hand in England's innings  •  ECB/Getty Images

England 243 for 9 (Capsey 44, Jones 37) beat Pakistan 206 for 9 (Muneeba 34, Ecclestone 3-26) by 37 runs
Alice Capsey set the foundations by finding her 50-over form with the bat before England's spin twins, Sophie Ecclestone and Charlie Dean, sealed a "scrappy" victory for the hosts in their opening ODI against Pakistan in Derby.
Pakistan's search for an ODI win over England continues after this, their 13th match, which England won by 37 runs with two more games to come, at Taunton on Sunday and Chelmsford on Wednesday.
Capsey top-scored with 44, her ODI career-best, as England set a victory target of 244 for Pakistan, who had never scored more than 209 in the format against England, although they gave that a nudge, finishing on 206 for 9 as England failed to finish the game off when they had their opponents on the ropes.
Capsey's innings broke a run of six in ODIs where she had failed to pass 6 and followed scores of 5, 31 and 1 during the T20I series with Pakistan, which England swept 3-0.
Pakistan were well in the contest through the first powerplay but struggled against the spin of Ecclestone and Dean - who claimed five wickets between them - in a win Heather Knight, England's captain, described at the presentation as "scrappy". Seamers Lauren Bell and Kate Cross finished with two wickets apiece.
After being put in to bat, England had a number of moderate contributors, as they did through the first two T20Is, with Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver-Brunt making it into the 30s but failing to kick on. Capsey - the player of the match in Northampton with 31 and two wickets - threatened to do just that here after overturning an lbw decision off Dar when she was on 35. But she hung her head in disappointment after spooning a return catch to Nashra Sandhu with six overs of England's innings left.
Capsey faced 18 deliveries for her first boundary, picking the gap between extra cover and mid-off beautifully with a well-timed drive off Aliya Riaz and she followed that two balls later with a sumptuous drive for four.
Capsey and Jones combined for a 67-run partnership after Knight fell for a laboured 29 from 49 deliveries, which included two chances, before Jones swept Dar and sent a top edge to Ayesha Zafar at square leg for 37.
Openers Maia Bouchier and Beaumont had fallen lbw to Nashra and Umm-e-Hani respectively to leave England 61 for 2 in the 14th over.
Knight was dropped on nought off Nashra when she skied one towards mid-on where Hani made a meal of the opportunity and Hani was again the culprit when Knight, on 18, struck Dar straight to midwicket only to see the chance spilled.
It was Aliya who finally removed Knight, slashing at a wide delivery and producing a thick edge to Najiha Alvi behind the stumps. Sciver-Brunt fell in similar fashion, attempting to drive another wide one from Aliya but managing only to edge behind as England slipped to 118 for 4 just after the halfway point of their innings.
After Capsey's dismissal, the wickets fell steadily for an England side missing Danni Wyatt, who had scored a 48-ball 87 in the third and final T20I at Headingley but woke up feeling unwell on Thursday. Dean offered a neat cameo worth 20 before she was bowled, giving Dar her third wicket for the match, and Sarah Glenn remained unbeaten on 16 off 13 balls as England reached 243 for 9 in 50 their overs.
In pursuit, Sidra Amin was dropped on 2 by wicketkeeper Jones off Bell but Jones made amends a while later by holding on as Sidra drove at a lovely Bell delivery which nipped away off the pitch outside off stump and brushed the outside edge on its way to the keeper without adding to her score.
After 15 overs, Pakistan were 66 for 1 but, immediately after the drinks break, Ecclestone had Sadaf Shamas out chopping onto her stumps for 28.
Muneeba Ali survived when Jones failed to hold an edge as the batter attempted a cut shot against Dean. But then Ecclestone pushed a gem through the gap between bat and pad to remove Ayesha Zafar in single figures and, although Muneeba reached 34, she fell driving at another excellent Bell delivery, full and jagging away to catch the edge for caught behind.
Pakistan needed to score at around a run-a-ball going into the last 20 overs with four wickets down but when their captain, Dar, slog-swept Dean to Beaumont at deep midwicket it was the breakthrough England needed.
Ecclestone claimed her third wicket in the next over when she pinned Fatima Sana on the front pad in line with leg stump as she strode forward and Dean then had Aliya out lbw as Pakistan lost three wickets for seven runs in the space of 15 balls.
From there, the task proved too steep for Pakistan, despite Nashra and Najiha proving stubborn with an unbroken 28-run stand for the 10th wicket, underlining England's inability to fully kill off the match. The hosts faced 157 dot balls compared to Pakistan's 203, although England gifted them 40 extras, including 31 wides, and so they leave Derby with a good amount of work still to do.

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor, women's cricket, at ESPNcricinfo

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