A first-wicket stand of 188 between Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt guided England to a 75 run win in their opening one-day international against Pakistan at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
The pair hit 107 and 110 respectively, as England posted a total of 284-6 in 50 overs. Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof scored 69 in response, but the hosts were eventually dismissed for 209 with five overs to spare.
Kate Cross took 4-32 for England, whilst debutant Sarah Glenn picked up two wickets.
New coach Lisa Keightley does not take over permanently until January, but interim head-coach Alastair Maiden will be pleased with the side’s performance in Malaysia.
The new-look opening combination of Beaumont and Wyatt looks to be the correct way forward, with Wyatt’s first ODI century suggestive that she is comfortable opening the batting.
England plays two more ODI’s against Pakistan, which counts towards the ICC Woman’s Championship and could help determine qualification for the 2021 World Cup, before a three-match T20 series.
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It is unclear at this stage whether England are an improved side from the team which Mark Robinson left behind, but it is evident that Pakistan offers a much sterner test than in previous years. At one stage, with Pakistan at 138-4, the match looked set to be in the balance, until Katherine Brunt trapped Nida Dar LBW for 18.
The next match gets underway on Thursday at 01:30 GMT, before the series concludes on Saturday.News Now - Sport News