England Women would look to start their tour of Sri Lanka on a winning note when they meet the hosts in the first of the three-match ODI at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota. The tourists will be bursting with confidence after a successful tour of India where they claimed both One Day International and Twenty 20 International series. England have rested some of their regulars, a clear indication of trying out the fringe players.
Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Women have made some changes to their squad that was involved in the sides last International assignment in South Africa. The Lankans had a horrible time in South Africa as they were clean swept 3-0. Playing at familiar conditions at home, they can be expected to put on a better show.
Where – Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
When – 16 March at 9:50 AM IST
Sri Lanka have included Hansima Karunaratne, Sugandika Kumari and Inoshi Priyadharshani in the One Day International squad. Tharika Sewwandi, Imalka Mendis and Umesha Thimashini have been left out.
Sophie Ecclestone and Georgia Elwiss have flown home after sustaining injuries on India tour. Katherine Brunt and Sarah Taylor are not part of the squad.
EN-W vs SL-W Playing 11 & Squad
EN-W Playing 11: Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Amy Jones (wk), Heather Knight (c), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Laura Marsh, Fran Wilson
England Women ODI squad: Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Amy Jones (wk), Heather Knight (c), Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danni Wyatt
SL-W Playing 11: Chamari Atapattu (c), Anushka Sanjeewani, Nilakshi De Silva, Shashikala Siriwardena, Inoka Ranaweera, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Kaveesha Dilhari, Udeshika Probadhani,
Doubtful – Achini Kulasuriya, Inoshi Fernando, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hansima Karunaratne, Hasini Perera, Sugandika Kumari
Sri Lanka Women ODI squad: Chamari Atapattu (c), Prasadani Weerakkody, Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Hasini Perera, Sugandika Kumari, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Shashikala Siriwardena, Nilakshi De Silva, Inoshi Fernando, Kaveesha Dilhari, Achini Kulasuriya, Udeshika Probadhani, Inoka Ranaweera and Oshadi Ranasinghe.
EN-W vs SL-W Dream11 Team
Top picks – Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield and Heather will form the top-4 of England batting. All four are unmissable. Among the hosts, Chamari Atapattu and Anushka Sanjeewani are the best bets.
Safe bets – Nilakshi De Silva, Shashikala Siriwardena of Sri Lanka are among others who can go well. Nat Sciver and Anya Shrubsole are among the safe bets among the touring side.
Quick Tip: England Women appear a stronger side on paper. You can benefit from more English players in the mix.
Make EN-W vs SL-W Dream11 team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.