ENGLAND WOMEN TOUR OF SRI LANKA
Cricbuzz Staff •
Natalie Sciver top-scored with 93 © Getty
England outclassed Sri Lanka in a rain-marred encounter in Hambantota to win the first one-dayers by 154 runs (DLS Method) on Saturday.
Chasing 332, Sri Lanka got off to a horrific start. Pacer Katherine Brunt removed opener Anushka Sanjeewani off the third ball of the innings and their top-order was blown away in a canter. Chamari Athapaththu, scored a hard-fought 30 but she succumbed to Kate Cross and after her dismissal, Sri Lanka were left tottering at 46/7.
Nilakshi de Silva and Oshadi Ranasinghe staged a recovery act of sorts. Oshadi notched up her maiden ODI fifty and the duo added 88 runs for the eighth wicket. The partnership lessened the victory margin considerably and saved Sri Lanka from a humiliation. However, eventually, rain had the final say, intervening when Sri Lanka’s innings was underway and reducing the chase to 40 overs in the second innings.
Earlier in the day, the hosts won the toss and decided to put England in. The visitors took little time to stamp their authority early as Amy Ellen Jones and Tammy Beaumont set the platform with a 114-run opening partnership.
Once Beaumont(79), the dominant partner in the alliance, fell, it triggered a mini-collapse with England losing the next three wickets for just four runs. Skipper Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver consolidated, pacing their innings to perfection and added 113 runs for the fourth wicket.
Sciver (93 off 73) and Danielle Wyatt(47 off 26), upped the ante in the slog overs and added a staggering 90 runs in just 46 balls, powering England to a mammoth score of 331.
Brief scores: England 331/7 in 50 overs (Natalie Sciver 93, Heather Knight 61; Oshadi Ranasinghe 2-71) beat Sri Lanka 159/8 in 40 overs (Ranasinghe 51, de Silva 45; Katherine Brunt 3-24) by 154 runs (DLS Method)