28 February 2020

England all-rounder Georgia Elwiss anticipates closest Women's T20 World Cup ever ahead of Pakistan clash

England's Georgia Elwiss has labelled the 2020 Women's T20 World Cup as the 'closest ever' as her team prepare for their must-win group game against Pakistan.

After falling to a shock six-wicket defeat against South Africa in their opening game, England bounced back with a 98-run victory over debutants Thailand thanks to a batting masterclass from captain Heather Knight.

Now Lisa Keightley's side face Pakistan on Friday, a team they have beaten 12 out of 13 times in T20s, but who shocked past winners West Indies in their first game.

Speaking ahead of the game, Elwiss told Sky Sports:"It shows just how close the tournament is,

"Without a doubt [it's the closest ever]. You've seen that already with some of the results that have come."

Elwiss, 28, is therefore adamant that they are not taking their opponents lightly.

"They're a great side. They've got some really dangerous players, but the girls had a really good series against them recently in Malaysia.

"We'll take a lot of confidence from the way we played over there, but they're not to be underestimated."

"We've got to take each game at a time, as you never know what can happen in T20 cricket. 

"We need to do what we do best to make sure we get the right result."

Pakistan have never before advanced beyond the group stages, while England are hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 2009.

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