England will play their penultimate group stage match of the Women’s Cricket World Cup with the ambition of making it through to the semi-finals.
They are set to face Pakistan, before taking on Bangladesh on Saturday (26 March).
Heather Knight and her side had a shocking start to the tournament, losing to Australia, West Indies and South Africa.
All hope appeared lost before they triumphantly beat India and New Zealand to keep those semi-final hopes alive.
Last Saturday, Knight led her team against the tournament’s hosts and they secured a one wicket win over New Zealand.
In a devastating blow for the New Zealanders, their captain, Sophie Devine, was forced to retire after injuring her leg while batting.
Devine is set to be assessed in Christchurch to determine whether she will be able to carry on playing in the tournament.
Maddy Green went on to top score for the hosts, scoring an unbeaten 5,2 but the brilliance of Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone reduced their opponents to just 203 in 49 overs.
England’s Ecclestone was recently crowned number one ODI bowler in the World ICC rankings, and her 3/41 has certainly have solidified this title.
Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt started the batting for England, but after scoring just 25 and 12 respectively, it was up to the captain and vice captain, Knight and Nat Sciver, to steer the ship.
Knight scored 42 while Sciver went on to hit 61.
New Zealand’s Frances Mackay did her best to damage the England line-up and after Eccelstone and Cross were bowled out by the 31-year-old, it looked as if 203 was going to be a tough target to hit.
However, Charlie Dean and Anya Shrubsole prevailed to secure a one wicket win over their opponents.
Australia have already earned their place at the semi finals, but England must overcome Pakistan - who currently sit eight in the table - and Bangladesh if they are to join them there.
Here is all you need to know ahead of England’s next match in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup…
When are England playing next?
England’s next fixture in the Women’s Cricket World Cup is on Thursday 24 March 2022. Their match begins at 01:00 GMT.
Who are England playing?
England will take on Pakistan in their sixth match of the World Cup. Pakistan have played five matches so far and have won just one of them.
They beat the West Indies by eight wickets with seven balls remaining.
Where are England playing?
England and Pakistan will play each other at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand.
How to watch England v Pakistan in World Cup
All of England’s matches are available to watch on BT Sport. A monthly pass is available to purchase for £25 with no long-term subscription required.
The teams have not yet been announced, but are the likely lineups:
England: Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Heather Knight (c), Nat Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Amy Jones, Katherine Brunt, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Charlie Dean, Anya Shrubsole
Pakistan: Muneeba Ali, Sidra Ameen, Bismah Maroof (c), Omaima Sohail, Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Sidra Nawaz, Daina Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Anam Amin
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