England defeat Pakistan, both reach in ICC Women’’s World Cup Super Six

March 13th, 2009 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Mar. 13 (ANI): A brilliant spell by England spinner Laura Marsh against Pakistan ensured the top position for the team in Group B of ICC Women’’s World Cup. Off-break bowler Marsh took 5-15, in her ten overs, as England coasted to an eight-wicket victory over Pakistan here at the North Sydney Oval, The News reports. The Pakistans women team also qualified for the Super Six stage with a third position in Group B. Pakistan was beaten by both India and England by big margins, but they defeated Sri Lanka by 57 runs at the Manuka Oval in Canberra to reach the next level. On Thursday, Pakistan had a good start after winning the toss, but the loss of opener Nain Abidi (27) sparked a dramatic collapse, the final nine wickets fell for just 27 runs. Marsh bowled a controlled spell of spin bowling, well supported by the left-arm spin of Holly Colvin, who took 1-8 in her 10-over spell, before Charlotte Edwards wrapped up the tail with two wickets. Sarah Taylor (11) fell early on to Qanita Jalil, before Ebony Rainsford-Brent (18) and Charlotte Edwards (32 not out) added 35 for the second wicket. Despite Rainsford-Brents dismissal, England reached a comfortable victory with 26.5 overs were yet to be thrown. (ANI)

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