England women thumped the hosts Sri Lanka women in a scintillating manner by 154 runs to take the early advantage in the three-match ODI series as they now lead 1-0.
The England women batted superbly led by the all-rounder Natalie Sciver who scored a scintillating 93 from 73 deliveries which included 9 fours and a six. Her imperious show was well supported by wicket-keeper Amy Elle Jones and skipper Heather Knight who got 79 and 61 runs respectively to their name.
Their knocks helped England women to notch up a mammoth score of 331 for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs which was definitely an uphill task for the host.
The Sri Lankan women batting line-up perished under pressure as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. In the top order only the skipper Chamari Athapaththu was among a two-digit figure scoring 30 runs from 45 deliveries, apart from her none of the top order batters got going.
There was a surprise batting effort from the lower order though, which saw Oshadi Ranasinghe (51*) and Nilakshi de Silva (45) culminating an 88 runs stand which helped them breach the 100 run barrier, but the effort went in vain and they succumbed to a 154 runs defeat.
Where – Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota
When – 18 March at 9:50 AM IST
After an ordinary performance in the first ODI, some changes in the Sri Lankan set-up is expected.
EN-W vs SL-W Playing 11 & Squad
EN-W Playing 11: Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight (c), Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Kate Cross, Amy Jones (wk), Katherine Brunt, Laura Marsh
England Women ODI squad: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Danni Wyatt, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brunt, Lauren Winfield, Anya Shrubsole, Linsey Smith, Amy Jones (wk), Laura Marsh, Nat Sciver, Fran Wilson
SL-W Playing 11: Chamari Atapattu (c), Anushka Sanjeewani, Nilakshi De Silva, Shashikala Siriwardena, Inoka Ranaweera, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Kaveesha Dilhari, Udeshika Probadhani
Sri Lanka Women ODI squad: Chamari Atapattu (c), Shashikala Siriwardena, Hansima Karunaratne, Prasadani Weerakkody, Anushka Sanjeewani, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Inoshi Fernando, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya, Udeshika Probadhani, Hasini Perera, Sugandika Kumari, Nilakshi De Silva, Kaveesha Dilhari, Oshadi Ranasinghe.
EN-W vs SL-W Dream11 Team
Players to watch out:
As seen in the last one-dayer it was the English women batters who reigned supreme with the bat. All-rounder Natalie Sciver blasted her way with the bat and got good support from Heather Knight and Amy Jones.
Among others, Katherine Brunt, Dani Wyatt and Anya Shrubsole will be the reliable picks.
The hosts Sri Lankan women did not offer much in the last game. O Ranasinghe the bowler scored a half-century while Nilakshi de Silva was the other who got something relevant with the bat.
The all-round duo of Shashikala Siriwardene and skipper Chamari Athapaththu are defiant choices for sure.
Make EN-W vs SL-W Dream11 team as per your discretion from the squad listed in the article.