GALLE: Left-arm spinner Holly Colvin claimed four for nine as England defeated Pakistan by 43 runs in a Group 'A' match of the Women's World Twenty20 in Galle, on Wednesday.
Pakistan elected to field and were rendered on the backfoot by a century partnership from England's openers Laura Marsh (54) and Charlotte Edwards (45). Both openers were run out and England posted 133-6 in 20 overs, after which Pakistan floundered in chase.
They plummeted to 50 for four in the 11th over, before Colvin came in and finished things off. She took a wicket in her first over, a brace off successive balls in her next, and followed it up with a fourth scalp to end with figures of 3.4-0-9-4.
Australia beat India
In another Group 'A' match, Australia Women thrashed India Women by eight wickets. India elected to bat but their batswomen were unable to capitalise on some decent starts. Failing to build any momentum, the eves finished on 103-8 in their quota as off-spinner Erin Osborne took three for 13.
Australia chased down the target in 17.2 overs as Meg Lanning (39) and Jess Cameron (36 not out) added 49 for the second wicket, following a 43-run opening partnership between Lanning and Alyssa Healy.
Brief scores: England Women 133 for 6 (Marsh 54, Edwards 45) bt Pakistan Women 90 (Colvin 4-9, Hazell 2-19); India Women 104 for 8 (Poonam Raut 21, Osborne 3-13) lost to Australia Women 105-2 in 17.2 overs (Meg Lanning 39, Jess Cameron 36 n.o.).