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England huff and puff their way to win over West Indies

Dharamsala: England overcame a mighty scare due to a batting collapse to eventually eke out a hard-fought one-wicket win over West Indies in a last-ball thriller of the Women’s World Twenty20 here yesterday.

England players celebrate the fall of a West Indies wicket during their World Twenty20 women’s match in Dharamsala yesterday.
England players celebrate the fall of a West Indies wicket during their World Twenty20 women’s match in Dharamsala yesterday. — PTI

England dished out a disciplined bowling performance to restrict West Indies to a modest 108 for four in their stipulated 20 overs after skipper Stafanie Taylor won the toss and elected to bat.

Chasing 109 to win, openers Charlotte Edwards (30) and Tammy Beaumont (31) gave them a blistering start, sharing a 49-ball 59-run partnership but thereafter things went terribly wrong for them as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

It was Natalie Sciver (19 not out) who held on to one end to eventually take England home in the last ball of the match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.

Charlotte and Tammy hit 10 boundaries and one six in 49 balls between them to lay the foundation for the run-chase but then England suffered a collapse, losing four wickets to slip to 79-4. It was Afy Fletcher, who scripted the turn around by taking three wickets in her four overs.

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