England girls 331 for 7 (Sciver 93, Jones 79) beat Sri Lanka girls 159 for eight (Ranasinghe 51*, Brunt Three-24) by 154 runs (DLS)
England’s girls launched the Sri Lanka leg of their Asian marketing campaign with a complete 154-run victory within the first ODI at Hambantota, because of a robust batting efficiency with runs all down the order, backed up by incisive seam bowling with Katherine Brunt as soon as once more to the fore.
After successful the toss and selecting to area first, Sri Lanka’s hopes of proscribing England to a manageable complete have been dented from the outset, because of a 114-run opening stand between Amy Jones and Beaumont, who was ultimately the primary wicket to fall, caught off the bowling of Oshadi Ranasinghe for 35 within the 21st over.
That dismissal appeared to rattle England’s composure, as first Lauren Winfield after which Jones have been run out within the house of three deliveries to depart England in some trouble on 118 for Three with two recent batsmen on the crease.
Nevertheless, these gamers have been the captain Heather Knight and the highly effective Nat Sciver, who pieced collectively a 113-run stand for the fourth wicket to revive England’s dominance. Ranasinghe as soon as once more made the belated breakthrough to ship Knight on her approach for 61 from 66 balls, however Sciver ploughed onwards, with Danni Wyatt’s look at No.6 offering the innings with an additional gear within the closing 9 overs.
Wyatt belted six fours and a six in her 26-ball 47, earlier than turning into the third run-out sufferer of the innings, and after Fran Wilson fell in the identical method from the penultimate supply, Sciver holed out for 93 from 73 as England completed on a hefty 331 for 7.
That all the time regarded like being ample, particularly when Brunt obtained into the wickets within the very first over of Sri Lanka’s reply. She had Anushka Sanjeewani caught by Beaumont for a third-ball duck, earlier than including Shashikala Siriwardene and Harshitha Madavi in fast succession, both facet of Anya Shrubsole’s extraction of Prasadani Weerakkody, lbw for four.
Hasini Perera and Hansima Karunaratne have been then run out to scale back Sri Lanka to 38 for six, which grew to become 46 for 7 when Chamari Atapattu – Sri Lanka’s lone supply of resistance – fell to Kate Cross for 30.
With the sport already useless as a contest, Nilakshi de Silva and Ranasinghe threw the bat in a late present of defiance so as to add 88 for the seventh wicket, both facet of a rain delay that held up England’s victory march however could not deny it.