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Pakistan hold nerve for historic win

Pakistan hold nerve for historic win

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.