Women’s T20 WC: England defeat Pakistan with ease

Canberra: England cruised to a 42-run victory over Pakistan to boost their Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final hopes here.

Asked to bat first, England scored 158-7, with captain Heather Knight impressing once again with 62 from 47 balls.

Pakistan were dismissed for 116 with two balls remaining, with leg-spinner Sarah Glenn claiming a career-best 3-15 from her four overs.

Anya Shrubsole grabbed 3-25 to become the leading wicket-taker in the history of the competition.

England, who have not won the Twenty20 title since 2009, now have back-to-back wins and are in second place in the group B, as leaders South Africa have a superior net run-rate.

Defeat leaves Pakistan needing to win their last two group games to stand a realistic chance of qualification, while England know that victory against West Indies in their final fixture should be enough for them to get through.

Brief Scores: England 158 for 7 (Knight 62, Aiman Anwer 3-30) beat Pakistan 116 (Shrubsole 3-25, Glenn 3-15) by 42 runs