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Amy Jones powers England to 29-run win in first T20I
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Amy Jones powers England to 29-run win in first T20I

England women produced a strong performance against Pakistan women to cruise to victory by a margin of 29 runs in the first of the three T20Is at Kuala Lumpur.

Pakistan fell short of the 155-run target as they were bundled out for a total of 125 in 18.4 overs.

Bismah Maroof spearheaded a rearguard effort with a gritty knock as she withstood England's bowling charge to delay the opposition's push for a win.

The Pakistan captain led from the front to hit five fours during her solid contribution of 60 off 58 deliveries.

Apart from Bismah's fine innings, only Umaima Sohail and wicketkeeper Sidra Nawaz offered some resistance with the bat as eight batters were dismissed for a single-digit score.

The 28-year-old was the final player to get out, handing Anya Shrubsole her first wicket of the day.

Among the England bowlers, Sophie Ecclestone was the standout performer as she picked three wickets for 21 runs whereas Freya Davies was the chief destroyer upfront with a double strike in the first over of Pakistan's chase.

Earlier in the day, opening batter Amy Jones conjured a fantastic innings to smash 53 off 39 balls.

Jones found able support from Tammy Beaumont as the duo added 58 runs for the second wicket.

Later, belligerent strikes from Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt lifted England's total to a highly competitive 154-4 in 20 overs.

Jones, who smacked 10 boundaries amidst her lively stay at the crease, was adjudged player of the match for her stupendous efforts.

“It's not an easy pitch to score quickly on, and I think the opening few overs are probably the best time to bat," she said.

“Pakistan were disciplined with the ball and they didn't make it easy so I think we did well to get up to 160, but we perhaps would have liked a few more.

“The wickets in Australia at the World Cup won't be too similar to this but the important skill is adapting and hopefully adapting to these wickets will stand us in good stead for the World Cup.”