It was another impressive performance from Tammy Beaumont, though both her and Lauren Winfield rode some luck early on. I guess that the only disappointment was that the world record highest women’s international T20 score (205) looked to be within reach, but England fell just a few short with 187, as some tight death bowling kept Sciver and Knight in check at the end.
It feels churlish to criticise such a crushing victory, but England were not great with the ball, and a better side would have punished them. England seem to have been working on their slower balls in particular… and they need to keep on working on them, because they were somewhat undercooked. In the field too, England were a bit lax towards the end, albeit after the game was already de facto won.
Last Sunday, we saw Ecclestone playing at Wokingham Cricket Club for Lancashire in the T20 Cup. A week later, she was taking her first international wicket for England. And it was a tidy debut – 12 dots in 24 balls, and the wicket was actually probably the worst ball she bowled, ironically.
We were surprised not to see Farrant. England obviously went for the experience of Jenny Gunn over her, but it felt like a very conservative decision, and the doctrine of youth obviously only goes so far.
Though they were thrashed again, Pakistan did look a different side today – brighter in the field, better with the ball, especially at the death, and more positive with the bat. Not getting bowled out was a small victory in what is turning into a tough, tough tour for them.