England vs Pakistan: Spinner Sophie Ecclestone is on the verge of becoming the fastest player to take 100 ODI wickets | cricket news

Sophie Ecclestone could become the fastest woman to take 100 wickets in ODI cricket when England take on Pakistan on Sunday, live. sky sports.

Ecclestone currently has 98 scalps to his name after finishing with 3-26 in England’s first ODI win over Pakistan. He needs two wickets in his next match to break the record set by Australian great Cathryn Fitzpatrick in 64 games.

Australian bowler Megan Schutt (66 matches) and left-arm bowler Jess Jonassen (67) are currently in second and third place respectively.

Sunday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.

Reflecting on England’s 37-run victory over Pakistan in the Derby, man of the match Ecclestone said: “I think we got away with a few balls, it was very cold, but it’s fantastic to get three wickets and get the win. in the end.

“I just try to throw my best ball longer. Sometimes I go out for wickets, but I have to remind myself to keep my best ball in play and use my arm when necessary.

“I think we didn’t make enough runs, we should have made a few more, but I think we came out and wanted to take wickets and keep the intensity high and that’s what we did.”

England recorded a “rude” victory against Pakistan in the first ODI match with Alice Capsey (44) top-scoring and Charlie Dean (2-39), Lauren Bell (2-42) and Kate Cross (2-46) finishing with two wickets each.

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England captain Heather Knight admits first ODI victory against Pakistan can only be described as ‘rude’

Nida Dar’s team frustrated the English players to death with semi-threatening partnerships that led Pakistan to their narrowest defeat against the hosts in an ODI match.

Pakistan is currently fifth in the ICC Women’s Championship table with 16 points and the top six teams, along with hosts India, will gain automatic qualification for the 50-over World Cup in 2025.

It is the last opportunity for Nida’s team to score points while England has two series less. They will face Ireland in a three-match ODI series in September before taking on South Africa in December in the same format.

“It was a tough performance, we can do a lot better, there are too many extras, but in the end we got the job done,” England captain Heather Knight said.

“There were a lot of things we could sort out. I’ve talked a lot about finding rhythm in ODI cricket and the more we do things for longer, the better we will get.

“There was a lot of stopping and starting, but you wanted one batsman to dominate and we needed to be much more organized on the field.”

England completed a T20 whitewash against the tourists earlier this month, where Ecclestone became the country’s leading wicket-taker in the shortest format, where she took five wickets in three games.

England vs Pakistan broke attendance records at Headingley
England vs Pakistan broke attendance records at Headingley

The 25-year-old has 118 wickets in T20 cricket and overtook Katherine Sciver-Brunt to claim the top spot for England.

With the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh just five months away, her wicket-taking ability and experience in the subcontinent with the Women’s Premier League will help her get selected.

Ahead of the upcoming 50-over World Cup in India, England will play three ODI and T20I matches as part of the multi-format Ashes in January, so their preparation against Pakistan and New Zealand later this summer will be crucial.

Watch the second ODI between England and Pakistan from Taunton, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Sunday from 10.30am (first ball 11am). Also broadcast with NOW.

England vs Pakistan ODI Series Matches: Live on Sky Sports

may 23: First International Women’s Day – England win by 37 runs
May 26: Second international women’s one-day event: Taunton, 11am
May 29: Third Women’s One-Day International – Chelmsford, 1:00 p.m.

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