England v Pakistan: first women’s cricket ODI – live

Key events

29th over: England 123-4 ( Capsey 7, Jones 5) More careful accumulation off Nashra. Pakistan very alert in the field –got a good chance to keep England in sight here.

28th over: England 123-4 ( Capsey 6, Jones 2) England’s players watching from the boundaries in hoodies and drinking coffee as, on the pitch, Pakistan keeping everything in check.


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27th over: England 121-4 ( Capsey 5, Jones 1) Nashra Sandhu, flight and guile. England struggling to hit big-hitting mode.

26th over: England 118-4 ( Capsey 3, Jones 0) Pakistan pressure telling.

WICKET! Sciver-Brunt c Najiha Alvi b Aliya Riyaz 31 (England -3)

The big one! The Najiha-Alyia duo strikes again. NSB’s eyes widen, she goes to lift Aliya up and over, kisses an edge and into the gloves. Najiha appeals for the stumping too, but Redfern’s finger is up for the catch.


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25th over: England 117-3 ( Sciver-Brunt 31, Capsey 2 ) Dar’s fifth over. NSB looking to hit hard, but can’t pierce the field – until the fifth ball, when she leans back and shovels Dar through the onside. And again, almost identical, to the last.


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24th over: England 108-3 ( Sciver-Brunt 23, Capsey 1 ) Just one run – and one wicket – from the over. Another good stop by Diana on the circle.

WICKET! Knight c Najiha Alvi b Aliya Riaz 29 (England 107-3)

A short wide one from Aliya Riaz, drifts slightly away, Knight’s eyes light up and she cuts – but only into the waiting gloves.

Aliya Riaz of Pakistan celebrates. Photograph: Nathan Stirk/ECB/Getty Images

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23rd over: England 107-2 (Knight 29, Sciver-Brunt 23) England content to play tip and run with Dar, bowling in a thick black headband. A slow outfield.

22nd over: England 101-2 (Knight 27, Sciver-Brunt 19) Aliya Riaz walks back to her mark, muttering nothings, sweet or otherwise. Three singles and a wide. A cold ripple of applause as England bring up the hundred.

21st over: England 97-2 (Knight 26, Sciver-Brunt 17) Dar, two fingers bandaged, wheels in. Round the ground, spectators sit, huddled in coats. Five singles, England just starting to put their foot down.

20th over: England 92-2 (Knight 24, Sciver-Brunt 14) Four turned round the corner by Knight off Aliya Riaz. Six from the over.

19th over: England 86-2 (Knight 19, Sciver-Brunt 13) Knight and NSB liberally employing the sweep, but unable to beat the fielder on the rope. Arghgh – and there’s another sweep from Knight, firm and straight, but dropped at midwicket. Knight earns her second life. Bowler Dar inscrutable under her shades.

18th over: England 83-2 (Knight 17, Sciver-Brunt 12) Umm-e-Hani’s fifth over. NSB drives, with style, through extra-cover for four. Gorgeous.

17th over: England 76-2 (Knight 15, Sciver-Brunt 7) Time for some Dar, short hair, shades – a green pocket rocket. Knight sweeps, nicely, but picks out the fielder on the rope.

16th over: England 73-2 (Knight 13, Sciver-Brunt 6) Knight playing pierce the field, finally breaks the shackles, drilling Umm-e-Hani through the covers for four.

15th over: England 68-2 (Knight 8, Sciver-Brunt 6) Nashra contines. Softly, softly, catchee monkey. A single here, a single there. And it is time for DRINKS. (Hot tea I hope)

England’s Heather Knight works one away. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images/Reuters

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14th over: England 66-2 (Knight 7, Sciver-Brunt 5) Umm-e-Hani, in shades, must now bowl to NSB. She’s off the mark with four, stroked through the off side. NSB averages 80 against Pakistan, with a strike rate of an eyebrow raising 138.

WICKET! Beaumont lbw Umm-e-Hani 33 (England 61-2)

Beaumont reviews Sue Redfern’s raised finger – bold – but ball tracking proves Sue absolutely right. Sweeps, misses and ball goes on with the arm hitting the pad.


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13th over: England 61-1 (Beaumont 33, Knight 7) Nashra, bowling in her cap, wily. A single to each batter.

12th over: England 59-1 (Beaumont 32, Knight 6) Beautiful lush trees surround Derby, watching as Knight sweeps a single. Beaumont plays and misses off the last ball of Umm-e-Hani’s over and grimaces in frustration. India cleverly whizzing through the overs here.

11th over: England 56-1 (Beaumont 31, Knight 4) Four gentle singles off Nashra’s over.

10th over: England 52-1 (Beaumont 29, Knight 2) Umm-e-Gani is summoned straight from her faux pas, to the bowler’s end. Beaumont sweeps four. End of the power play.

9th over: England 47-1 (Beaumont 24, Knight 2) Should have been a two-wicket over, but as Knight tries to go big, Umm-e-Gani gets in a terrible tangle in the deep and completely misjudges both her own feet and the balls trajectory.

WICKET! Bouchier lbw Nashra 17 (England 45-1)

Huge enthusiasm from Najiha Alvi behind the stumps, and the umpire Cotton agrees. A full ball from Nashra, keeps low and bumps into the back pad.

8th over: England 44-0 (Beaumont 23, Bouchier 17) For the first time a loose bit of fielding costs Pakistan a single. Then Bouchier goes up and over to a Diana half volley, beautifully languid, for one bounce over the rope. Another four follows, powered straight down the ground, over the head of Beaumont, who drops to the dirt to save herself. Diana cuffs the grass in frustration.

A view of the County Ground. Photograph: Bradley Collyer/PA

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7th over: England 34-0 (Beaumont 22, Bouchier 8) Beaumont takes a risk… and gets away with it – just! Frustrated by being hemmed in, she steps down the pitch and pummels Fatima away for four, a fraction over the head of the leaping Dar at mid on. Two more fours follow in the over – on through mid-off, another hoiking pull.

6th over: England 21-0 (Beaumont 10, Bouchier 8) Diana Baig runs in through the grey. More gentle accumulation, and a wide goes into the bucket. On the balcony, Knight watches in a sweatshirt and what looks like a poncho but could be a big blanket.


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5th over: England 17-0 (Beaumont 9, Bouchier 6) Fatima again, the outfield very green, cut in diamond shapes. Another super stop from Diana Baig on the edge of the circle prevents a boundary. Just a couple from Fatima’s over – England haven’t hit free-flowing mode as yet.

4th over: England 15-0 (Beaumont 8, Bouchier 5) Diana throws a wide and five dots into the mix, Bouchier eyes up the fifth (legal) ball and ushes it through backward point – the fielders just beat it on the long journey down to the rope.

3rd over: England 11-0 (Beaumont 8, Bouchier 2) A first boundary, a typically Beaumontesque slam through the covers – to make her the leading scorer in women’s ODIs in England, going above Sarah Taylor.

2nd over: England 6-0 (Beaumont 4, Bouchier 1) Diana Baig with the second over – such a lovely, easy run-up. It turns out she has also played football for Pakistan. Beaumont drives nicely, but the ball is cut off by the fielder’s knee.

If you’re watching, from home or under 25 rugs in Derby, do drop me a line with your thoughts.

1st over: England 2-0 (Beaumont 1, Bouchier 0) Fatima Sana takes the new ball, the faint sheen of suncream over her cheeks. A loosener to start with, then on the money, a wide and a single.

Great to see Maia Bouchier standing up for the climate by joining EcoAthletes.

Nida Dar has her arms firmly folded and looks as if she’s wearing three layers under her green jersey. Tammy Beaumont and Maia Bouchier stride on in England’s turquoise ODI shirts. Tammy short and tucked in, Maia tall and tucked out.

Pakistan XI

Pakistan: Sidra Ameen, Sadaf Shamas, Muneeba Ali, Ayesha Zafar, Nida Dar (c), Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Najiha Alvi (wk), Umm-e-Hani, Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu

England XI

England Maia Bouchier, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Nat Scivr-Brunt, Alice Capsey, Amy Jones (wk), Charlie Dean, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Kate Cross, Lauren Bell.

Pitch watch

“The amount of rain we had last night – it was underwater,” says Dominic Cork.He disagrees with Nida Dar’s assessment of the pitch – says there will be some carry. Says he has been watching the Pakistani bowlers in practise, and they are bowling too full.

Floodlights, screaming cross wind.

Weather watch

It looks absolutely freezing. Puffa jackets not suncream. A brisk, brisk, wind. 12 degrees.


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Pakistan win the toss and will bowl!

“It looks like a slower wicket and outfield,” says Nida Dar. “We take a lot of positives from the T20 series, play to our strengths and Inshallah things will go well. It is very important for us [to win] for qualifying [for the 2025 World Cup] to try and win.”

Heather Knight says she’d have bowled as well. England are holding on to their three spin attack, alongside Kate Cross and Lauren Bell. NSB still not bowling as she recovers from her


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Hello! As the T20 series rolls out, so the one-day series rolls in – a three match extravaganza held at Derby, Taunton and Chelmsford. England are clear favourites – Heather Knight hoping England can continue to win “ruthlessly” – after their 3-0 whitewash in the shorter form . Pakistan, though, improved through the T20 series, and if only they’d been able to hold onto their catches in that third game, things might have been a lot more interesting.

England didn’t play a huge amount of ODI cricket last year, but won the series they did play, as they did in New Zealand in the spring. Tammy Beaumont and Kate Cross join the squad for the 50-over games, bringing their vast experience and skill set. The toss follows shortly, play starts at 1pm.


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