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    Bright start for Pakistan
Bright start for Pakistan
The Pakistan fielders celebrate after Freya Kemp is run out. Source: Getty Images

Bright start for Pakistan

England 163 for 6 beat Pakistan 110 by 53 runs

Gull smashed Bell's low full toss down the ground for four in the first over and two balls later drove the gap through the covers for another boundary. Dean struck with her fourth ball, trapping Sidra Ameen lbw. But Gibson conceded 21 runs in the next over as Sadaf Shamas hit five boundaries with a combination of cover drives, a powerful shot over point, a flick over square leg, and a cut to backward point.

Jones took a wonderful diving catch to her left to remove Gull off an inside edge off Bell and she needed far less effort to collect Muneeba's top edge as she tried to reverse sweep Glenn, leaving Pakistan on 66 for 3 in the eighth over. Dar was still running a single when she appealed for a review of her lbw dismissal of Glenn, which was overturned as replays showed the ball had come off her glove. Sadaf fell unnecessarily when Dar dabbed a Dean delivery to midwicket for a single that wasn't on. Capsey gathered and bowled to Jones with Sadaf well short of her ground, bringing an early end to a promising knock of 35 off 24.

Falling apart visitors

From there, Pakistan's chase fell apart. Dar's slog-sweep off Glenn sailed towards Bouchier, who ran across from deep midwicket to make a difficult catch look effortless. The Hollies were delighted. Pervaiz's attempted late cut off Ecclestone ended with a slight edge that landed in Jones' gloves as Pakistan lost three wickets for six runs in the space of 10 balls. Bell took her second wicket when Rameem Shamim lofted one high to deep midwicket and Wyatt ran a long way to take a superb diving catch. Glenn took two wickets in three balls when she had Tuba caught behind and bowled Akhtar with a beautiful leg-break. Bell grabbed the final wicket when Sadia was caught by Kemp to seal victory with 10 balls to spare.

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