WWT20: Ground Control To England – Don’t Underestimate Pakistan

By the time England play Pakistan later today, they could already have qualified for the semi-finals of WWT20. If West Indies fail to beat India, England are through, even if they lose to Pakistan by a million runs. (Though they might still prefer to top the group and avoid a New Zealand semi-final.)

But if West Indies do beat India, England have to be careful – as we showed earlier, if Pakistan win it will all come down to Net Run Rate; and a Pakistan victory by as little as 12 runs could be enough to send them through at England’s expense.

Pakistan have played six T20s against England, of which England have won five and Pakistan just one; but there is an important lesson in the one game Pakistan won, back in 2013.

The teams played a “double-header” at Loughborough and England won the morning match at a cruise by 70 runs, with Sarah Taylor hitting a half-century and Charlotte Edwards also in good form, smashing 46 off 37 balls.

England then made two fateful selection decisions for the afternoon encounter – resting Taylor and dropping Edwards right down the order to No. 9. Chasing just 116, they suffered a late-order collapse (sound familiar?) and were bowled out off the final ball, falling one run short of Pakistan’s total.

In short, England underestimated Pakistan and paid the price – it is a mistake they can not afford to make again today!

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2 thoughts on “WWT20: Ground Control To England – Don’t Underestimate Pakistan

  1. England batting first

    3 columns:
    England score
    Pakistan score
    Balls that Pakistan need to reach the target by to get a better net run rate than England.

    160 161 110
    150 151 109
    140 141 109
    130 131 108
    120 121 108
    110 111 107
    100 101 107

    There is no Pakistan winning scenarios where England can keep their NRR above that of the West Indies – hence West Indies are into the semi-finals.

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