Edwards leads England to healthy total

Charlotte Edwards made her first T20 International half-century since September 2014 as England women set Bangladesh 154 to win their ICC Women’s World Twenty20 match.

Playing their first game of the tournament, England made a strong start through Edwards and Tammy Beaumont as 44 came from the powerplay.

Natalie Sciver, Danni Wyatt and Katherine Brunt then made useful late contributions as England posted 153 for seven against a Bangladesh side in urgent need of a win having lost their tournament opener against hosts India.

Skipper Edwards won the toss in Bangalore and elected to make first use of a good track, and it looked a good call as the 36-year-old and Beaumont hit the ground running.

Beaumont cut Jahanara Alam to the fence in the first over, both batters hit boundaries off Nahida Akter, and Beaumont then clubbed Salma Khatun down the ground for six in the fourth over.

Jahanara gained revenge with the first ball of the next over as she bowled Beaumont, who missed aiming a heave across the line having made 18 from 14 balls.

Edwards pulled Lata Mondal away for four, then worked one round the corner to deep backward square leg in sixth over and continued to be aggressive after the field went back, hitting boundaries either side of the wicket off Jahanara.

Sarah Taylor was stumped for nine attempting to charge Fahima Khatun and Heather Knight was caught and bowled by Khadija Tul Kubra for one.

Edwards whipped Kubra through mid-on in the 13th, then took a single to midwicket in Rumana’s next set of six to bring up her 11th T20I fifty.

Edwards was dropped off Khatun as the spinner failed to grasp a sharp caught-and-bowled chance but Sciver was soon caught in deep by Nahida Akter in the same over for 27.

Rumana had Edwards stumped late on for 60, but Wyatt thrashed 15 from eight balls and Brunt smashed 17 off the same number of deliveries as England passed 150 on Asian soil for only the second time in T20Is.

Both fell in Jahanara’s final over as the Bangladesh captain finished with 3-32.

Source: ECB

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