DHAKA - England Women warmed up for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a nervy two-wicket win over Pakistan Women in its first warm-up match at the Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar on Tuesday. Having restricted Pakistan to just 106 for 6 after it opted to bat, England scraped to victory in 19.5 overs on the back of Lydia Greenway’s 37-ball 34.

Chasing the meagre total, England overcame an early setback, losing Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor within five overs. Charlotte Edwards scored a 26-ball 21 before falling to Sadia Yousuf’s guile in the 9th over. It was Greenway that came up with a match-winning effort, but during the course of it, she saw a clutch of wickets fall, with Natalie Sciver, Tammy Beaumont, Fran Wilson, and Georgia Elwiss all going cheaply.

When Elwiss was dismissed in the 18th over, 12 runs were still needed from eight deliveries. But Danielle Hazell and Anya Shrubsole held their nerve to take England across the line. Asmavia Iqbal and Sumaiya Siddiqi were unlucky to be on the losing side as their four-over spells yielded figures of 3 for 17 and 3 for 14 respectively.

Earlier, despite losing the toss, England made a dream start as Danielle Hazell followed Kate Cross’ maiden over with a double-wicket-maiden, sending back Nain Abidi and Javeria Khan, the openers. Tidy bowling from Jodie Dibble and Hazell further added to Pakistan’s woes, but Nida Dar and Bismah Maroof managed to add 34 runs before Rebecca Grundy dismissed Maroof for 11. Sana Mir, the captain, then took charge and piloted the innings with a 32-ball 36; her innings contained four fours and a six.

Dar retired out on 36 in the 17th over and Sarah Taylor’s brilliant glovework sent Mir back two deliveries later. Hazell was the most effective of England’s bowlers picking up two wickets and giving away just three runs in her two overs, while Sciver returned figures of 2 for 14. England takes on New Zealand at the same venue on Friday, while Pakistan squares off against Bangladesh on Thursday.

West Indies Women romp

to 52-run win

West Indies Women started its preparation for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 on a bright note by winning its first warm-up match against South Africa Women by 52 runs at Krira Shikkha Protisthan in Savar, Bangladesh on Tuesday. After electing to bat, West Indies overcame an early setback in the form of Kycia Knight’s wicket to post 123 for 4 in 20 overs, a fighting score at best. But, on the day, it was sufficient as South Africa was bowled out for 71 in 18.5 overs.

Natasha McLean chipped in with a 24-ball 26 before being caught behind off Dane van Niekerk, but it was Stafanie Taylor’s unbeaten 45 that made all the difference. Taylor’s innings included three fours and six. When Sun Luus dismissed Deandra Dottin cheaply in the 11th over, West Indies was 71 for 3. Taylor and Chinelle Henry then associated for a 54-run stand that provided West Indies some respectability. In her four overs, Shabnim Ismail returned 2 for 12, while van Niekerk and Luus took one wicket apiece.

A brilliant effort by West Indies’ bowlers then ensured that South Africa surrendered without putting up a real fight. Except for Trisha Chetty and Yolandi van der Westhuizen, who top scored with 24, none of the other South Africa batters could even reach double figures. Anisa Mohammed, the right-arm spinner, and Dottin returned figures of 2 for 6 and 2 for 7 respectively. West Indies plays its second and final warm-up match against Australia on Friday, while South Africa takes on Bangladesh on the same day.