Sarah Taylor struck her fourth consecutive sprint-format half-century before Natalie Sciver smashed a boundary from the final ball of the match to help England record a dramatic four-wicket ICC Women’s World Twenty20 warm-up victory over New Zealand in Chennai.
Taylor, who cracked scores of 74, 66 and 60 in the recent 2-1 series win over South Africa, continued her fine form with 51 from 52 deliveries.
The 26-year-old set up the chase of 131 with a 75-run alliance alongside Charlotte Edwards before the experienced pair both departed during a mini collapse, leaving 30 runs required from 23 balls.
Lydia Greenway contributed an unbeaten 23 and Danni Wyatt hit 12 until she was dismissed from the penultimate ball, bowled by Suzie Bates, leaving Sciver to club the final delivery over extra cover to secure the win.
Edwards’ side, having stepped in to play today due to Pakistan’s delayed arrival, take on New Zealand again tomorrow.
England, led by fit-again Katherine Brunt, restricted New Zealand to 130 for six after they were asked to make first use.
Brunt, recent hampered by a back problem, returned impressive figures of 2-15 from four overs while Anya Shrubsole and Rebecca Grundy took 1-17 and 1-24 respectively.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 11, 2016