Arya- England didn’t get off to the greatest of starts as they lost Danielle Wyatt in the second over of the innings to Oshadi Ranasinghe. Sophia Dunkley started off well and scored 17 of 16 deliveries but was castled by a great delivery by Ranasinghe. Despite the two early wickets, England were still well and truly in the box seat and needed to bat sensibly to get over the line. Natalie Sciver also got off to a good start but perished to some good bowling by off-break bowler Inoka Ranaweera.
The Sri Lankan spinners kept them in the game as Ranaweera bagged the wicket of Amy Jones in quick time as England were reduced to 62/4. All of their experienced batters were back in the hut and it needed the young blood of Maia Bouchier and Alex Capsey to get them over the line. Capsey was exceptional with the bat and ensured that the target was achieved without too much fuss. She scored a delightful 44 and what was more important that she batted sensibly and according to the situation.
Maia Bouchier also gave her ample support at the other end and was composed during her unbeaten knock. She eventually remained unbeaten on 21 of 18 deliveries and smashed a boundary to win the match for England. Capsey was the top-scorer for England while Inoka Ranaweera was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, finishing with figures of 3/29.
Arya- Sri Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu won the toss and opted to bat. It was a disastrous start for Sri Lanka as they lost Vishmi Gunaratne to Katherine Brunt on the very first delivery of the match. It was a great delivery from Brunt and Gunaratne missed a fullish-length delivery that tailed in just a bit. Athapaththu struck a couple of fours and shared a 33 runs stand with Hasini Perera. However, the run-rate wasn’t great in the powerplay.
Athapaththu and Perera were dismissed in quick intervals which never really allowed Sri Lanka to press on the accelerator after a relatively below-par start. The top scorer for Sri Lanka was Nilakshi de Silva. She was composed during her knock of 25 but it came in as many as 28 deliveries which meant that Sri Lanka was going nowhere. Kavisha Dilshari was dismissed after making 10 as wickets came thick and fast for the hosts.
For England, Sophie Ecclestone bowled brilliantly in the middle and towards the death and was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 3/25. None of the Sri Lankan batters could press on the accelerator and could eventually muster just 106 in their allotted 20 overs. It was certainly a below-par score and England would have fancied themselves to chase this down in a canter. While Ecceslestone bagged three, Wong and Freya Kemp bagged a couple each.
Age 23 yrs
ICC #94 (Bowler)
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