England Women win third T20I by 26 runs.


LAHORE -- England Women beat Pakistan Women by 26 runs in the third and final T20I to complete a 3-0 series whitewash at Kuala Lumpur's Kinrara Oval on Friday.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman here on Friday, after winning the toss and electing to bat, England captain Heather Knight scored a quickfire 31-ball 43 which helped her side post an impressive 170 for three. Knight's 81-run partnership for the second-wicket with Amy Jones (37 off 35) was instrumental in giving England a firm grip of the innings after opener Danni Wyatt - who hit two fours and two sixes in her 15-ball 25 - was dismissed by Umaima Sohail, who returned one for 18 in three overs. For her batting performance, the England captain was named player of the match.

Heather Knight said: 'I think it's been a good tour for us. We asked the batters to get big runs and that's happened across both the ODI and the T20I series. 'I think we've found some new players, as well. Sarah Glenn has really put her hand up and that's great for us, it adds to the competition for places and makes us stronger as a group. 'I've been proud of how we've maintained our high standards, especially in the field - which is something we've been working hard on. 'We're looking forward to the new year and the challenge of the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in Australia.'

An unbeaten 52-run stand between Fran Wilson and Tammy Beaumont in the last 5.4 overs rescued England and ensured that the visitors finish on a high note after Jones and Knight fell in a span of seven deliveries. Both Wilson and Beaumont struck a four and a six each as the former scored 29 off 24 while the latter made 23 runs at a strike rate of 143.75. For Pakistan, pacer Diana Baig was the stand out bowler with two wickets for 28 runs in four overs.

Pakistan openers couldn't provide their side a desired start as Ayesha Zafar (nine of eight) and Nahida Khan (eight...

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