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England wasted the opportunity
Maia Bouchier made her maiden T20I half-century. Source: Getty Images

England wasted the opportunity

England's target was challenging, but they were in complete control of the chase.

After losing opener Sophia Dunkley, who was run out for a duck in the second over, the elegant Bouchier scored runs all around the wicket, achieving her highest T20 score. She shared a partnership of 92 with Tammy Beaumont, who made 37 runs from 34 balls.

Bouchier had hit a six and 11 fours when she attempted to clear the ropes again but unfortunately picked out long-on.

Later, skipper Heather Knight was run out for two by a direct hit from Kerr at mid-wicket. This led to panic in the England team, who were missing the experience of Sciver-Brunt and Wyatt.

Leg-spinner Kerr bowled Amy Jones as she swiped across the line, and Bess Heath, playing her fifth international, and Armitage followed.

Armitage was bowled off her pads by off-spinner Bates with the first ball of the match's final over.

England could have played smarter, but they also have a legitimate complaint that the final ball of the penultimate over was not given as a leg-side wide.

Without the extra run and additional delivery, Danielle Gibson, who ended up scoring 10 runs, lost the strike in the final over. As a result, Charlie Dean missed a reverse sweep with two balls to go and was stumped while attempting to hit a boundary off the last ball.

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