Women’s Cricket World Cup report: England on course for semi-finals after thumping Pakistan

Katherine Brunt took three wickets as England beat Pakistan convincingly

Brunt back to her best as England skittle Pakistan

England knew before facing Pakistan that wins in their final two games should be enough and they made the perfect start in Christchurch when Brunt struck from the first ball of the match.

Brunt had picked up just one wicket across her first five games but made an immediate breakthrough on a green Hagley Oval pitch when Nahida Khan (0) edged an out-swinger to England skipper Knight at first slip.

Pakistan – who have now lost all 11 of their ODIs against England – then suffered two run outs to slip to 33-3 and the innings never really recovered, with Brunt leaving them 55-5 when she pinned Nida Dar (5) lbw and then bowled Sidra Amin with a ball that seamed in.

Left-arm spinner Ecclestone, now the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 11 in six games, bagged three of the final four wickets to fall.

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