Pakistan face tough English test in Women’s World T20 (Preview)

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Chennai, March 26 (IANS) Favourites England will aim to maintain their winning momentum when they take on Pakistan in the Women’s World Twenty20 Group B clash at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

The 2009 edition winners, England have been unbeaten in the tournament with three wins against Bangladesh, India and the West Indies and are at the top of the standings with six points. Meanwhile, Pakistan have won two games, against India and Bangladesh, but lost to the West Indies to be third with four points.

On paper, England look a strong team but Pakistan have a couple of match-winners to clinch the tie. The Pakistani top-order, which has done well so far in the competition, will hope their middle-order steps up on Sunday.

Spinners Rumana Ahmed and Nahida Aktar alongside pacers Jahanara Alam and Salma Khan have to lift their game a bit more against a strong England side.

On the other hand, England have all-round strength in both their batting and bowling units. They will once again rely on experienced players like skipper Charlotte Edwards, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver and Sara Taylor.

Medium pacers Anya Shrubsole, Heather Knight and Katerine Brunt, who have done well in the ongoing tournament, will aim to deliver once again against Pakistan.

The squads:

England: Charlotte Edwards (captain), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, SarahTaylor, Danielle Wyatt.

Pakistan: Sana Mir (captain), Bismah Maroof, Ayesha Zafar, Nida Dar, Sadia Yousuf, Nain Abidi, Sidra Nawaz, Aliya Riaz, Sidra Ameen, Sania Khan, Iram Javed, Asmavia Iqbal, Nahida Khan, Muneeba Ali, Anam Amin.

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