Women's WT20: How will England tackle Pakistan's spin?

If Pakistan beats England and West Indies defeats India, the semi-finalists from Group B will be decided on the basis of net run-rates. Keeping that in mind, Charlotte is clear about winning Sunday's game against Pakistan.

England captain Charlotte Edwards (right) during a practice session at the MAC Stadium.   -  V. Ganesan

The race for a semi-final berth in the Women’s World Twenty20 is still wide open in Group B. England, winner in 2009 and runner-up in the last two editions, will be looking to move past two closely fought losses in Dharamsala, where its batters performed under-par.

“Dharamsala was a completely different wicket to what we will face here. Obviously, there are lots to be taken from the collapses. Ultimately, we have won two games of cricket. We are not going to dissect the games and think ‘we should have done this, we should done that’. We are looking forward to playing on probably a better wicket here,” said England captain Charlotte Edwards.

If Pakistan beats England and West Indies defeats India, the semi-finalists from Group B will be decided on the basis of net run-rates. Keeping that in mind, Charlotte is clear about Pakistan’s strength and the fact that her team needs to win Sunday’s match at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here, if it wants to book a place in the semi-finals.

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“Pakistan have done well in this tournament and they have beaten India which is a fantastic effort and a win on Sunday night will guarantee a first spot in the semi-final. Their main strength will be their bowling. They have got some good spinners. That will be the main threat,” Charlotte added.

Pakistan is high on confidence after back-to-back wins and the victory against India has motivated the side well.

 

“The India match was a high pressure game and I am happy that the girls handled it well,” said Pakistan captain Sana Mir.

“I don’t think we need to win big. We have calculated a lot of options. If West Indies wins, then we might have to win with a bigger margin. But, if India wins, we just need to win the game,” Sana explained when asked about the net run rate scenario.

“We know England is a very good side. They have handled pressure well throughout the tournament. We will just go and give our ‘A’ game,” she added.

Sana also praised Charlotte. “England has got a very good captain, a thinking captain. I know she will be looking to find a solution for the spin attack we have. Definitely they have not been scoring enough runs. They have been losing wickets, while chasing targets, which is very encouraging for our bowlers.”

Talking about her team’s performance, Sana said: “I am very happy that Anam (Amin) has got two player of the match awards and then the batters have stood up. Sidra Ameen got it in the next match. This is the kind of performance my team is producing and I am sure we will have another good one tomorrow.”

Sana also emphasized how spinners have been pivotal of her team's success.

“We are a team which is depending on our spinners. We have been using them well and they have been delivering. That is our strength and we are going to stick with that strength.”