England star Danni Wyatt returned to form with 76 times without the ball in 68 encounters with Pakistan, a game with 11 touchlines; England will reach the semi-finals of the World Cup if they beat Bangladesh this weekend; watch live on Sky Sports World Cup and YouTube from 9:30pm on Saturday
Last Updated: 3/24/22 6:00 pm
England smasher Danni Wyatt admits she started doubting herself before getting into good form with a 76-game winless finish against Pakistan at the World Cup.
Wyatt scored seven and 33 from sixth place in the first two games of the British league, before scoring three, one and 12 in the next three after being pushed up to the open.
However, the 30-year-old peaked at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Thursday, with her third ODI in half a century and the first at the World Cup having helped England surpass their small goal of 106 in 20 rounds.
Pakistan 105 all in 41.3 overs: Katherine Brunt (3-17), Sophie Ecclestone (3-18), Sidra Amin (32)
England 107-1 in 19.2 passes: Danni Wyatt (76 tackles 68), Heather Knight (24 tackles 36), Diana Baig (1-14 from six passes)
Player of the match: Danni Wyatt
Talking to Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussain, Wyatt says: “You know what it feels like after a few failures – you start to doubt yourself.
“It’s not going very well, especially when you’re away from home and life is a bit tough. I just tried to step back and play my way, focus on a few things, everything worked out. .”
Wyatt, who scored 11 quadruples on his 68-ball hit, added: “I’m really happy to be running, I’m really enjoying it. [Pakistan bowler] Diana Baig was really tough, so I tried to get to the other end of the line and knock out the other pitchers. “
‘We wanted to show the world what we could do’
Defending champions England lost their first three games in the tournament, to Australia, the West Indies and South Africa, but have since rallied to see off India, New Zealand and Pakistan and will now secure a place in semi-finals if they beat Bangladesh here in Wellington. weekend.
Asked if England had always felt they could get back on track, Wyatt said: “Definitely. You’ve seen how close the games have been. It shows how the other teams have been. How much progress?”
“We’re just focused on what we need to do better and prepare well. Let’s go out there, enjoy it and show the world what we can do.”
Seam bowler Katherine Brunt, who ended a four-game winless streak by leading 3-17 as Pakistan was knocked out 105 in 41.3 rounds, said of the competitive nature of women’s cricket: “The world has caught up and There are some excellent teams around the globe.
“Some excellent players have stepped out of goal and some have gotten better and better. That’s the credit to the sport and its professionalism. Things are a lot harder now. .”
‘England’s most perfect performance’
On England’s win over Pakistan, captain Heather Knight added: “I think it was our best performance. Yes, the pitch is green but the pitchers have to pitch. put the ball in the right area.
“I’m happy for Katherine, who’s had a bit of a tough tournament so far. To see her back to her best is amazing. You know, a player like that would be. always rise to the top.
“Given the start we’ve had in this tournament, it wants to remind the girls it’s not how you start but how you end and hopefully we’re starting to build a little bit of momentum. force.”
Watch England vs Bangladesh, at Basin Reserve in Wellington, live on Sky Sports World Cup (channel 404) and Sky Sports Cricket YouTube channel from 9:30pm on Saturday.
ICC Women’s Cricket Championship – Group Stage Standings
|Play||Win||Pass away||Point||Net running rate|
|1. Australia (Q)||6||6||0||twelfth||+1.287|
|2. South Africa (Q)||6||4||first||9||+0.092|
|3. West Indies||7||3||2||7||-0.885|
|6. New Zealand||6||2||4||4||-0.229|