England and Pakistan Secure Comfortable U19 T20 World Cup Wins

England and Pakistan secured comfortable victories over Zimbabwe and Rwanda on Day 2 of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 on Sunday, 15 January.

Zimbabwe U19 women’s team put up an effort to shock England, but it wasn’t enough as they succumbed to a 176-run loss at JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom.

England won the toss and elected to bat first, posting 199/4.

Runs flowed right from the offset as openers Grace Scrivens (45 from 32) and Liberty Heap (25 from 12) put on a stand of 60 for the first wicket inside the powerplay.

The fall of the openers didn’t stem the flow of runs however, with Niamh Holland top-scoring from number three with 59 from 37 balls and Charis Pavely smashing 45 from 26 as England racked up a daunting 199/4 from their 20 overs.

Such a target was always likely to be out of Zimbabwe’s reach, but the chase never even got going. England rattled through the top-order in quick time, taking all ten wickets in just 12 overs to seal a crushing victory. Scrivens followed up her efforts with the bat with returns of four wickets for just two runs from her four overs, while Sophia Smale (2/5) and Josie Groves (2/5) also impressed.

Rwanda U19 Impress Despite Loss

Rwanda’s U19 Women impressed on the country’s first-ever appearance at an ICC World Cup but were eventually undone by Pakistan’s quality with the bat.

Both teams got off to an erratic start on a slow wicket. Despite a 51-run stand for the second wicket between Cynthia Tuyizere (20 from 34) and Gisele Ishimwe (40 from 49), Pakistan’s improved bowling effort in the second half of the innings ensured that Rwanda were unable to build on that platform, ending with 106/8. Areesha Noor Bhatti (2/19), Syeda Aroob Shah (1/22) and Anosha Nasir (1/21) made their mark with the ball.

A charged-up Rwanda kept Pakistan quiet initially, holding them to 42/2 at the halfway stage of the chase. However, Eyman Fatima (65* from 60) and Aroob Shah (20* from 21) went through the gears to take the attack to the opposition and sealed the game in the 18th over.

Pakistan won by eight wickets, with 13 balls to spare.

 

ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup Day 2 Results, Sunday, 15 January 2023:

Pakistan U19 17.5ov. 108/2

Rwanda U19 20 ov. 106/8

Pakistan won by 8 wickets

 

Zimbabwe U19 12/20 ov 23

England U19 20 ov. 199/4

England won by 174 runs

 

West Indies U19 20 ov. 125/3

Ireland U19 20 ov. 118/7

West Indies won by 7 runs

 

New Zealand U19 9.3 ov. 77/0

Indonesia U19 20 ov. 74/7

New Zealand won by 10 wickets  

 

With editing by gsport

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