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|Nilakshi de Silva||45||78||5||0||57.69|
|Amy Ellen Jones||79||71||10||1||111.27|
England women are continuing their Asian tour and are now about to take on the Sri Lankan women in three ODI’s and three T20 Internationals. We start the tour with the ODI at Hambantota. England women were dominant against India in their most recently concluded series and we think they should have a much easier time against the Sri Lankans.
England is the third-ranked side in ODI cricket while Sri Lanka is down at 8th. There is a huge gulf in quality between the top sides of women’s ODI cricket and sides at the bottom of the rankings. This gap is all the more apparent in the longer formats of the game and so we are not sure how competitive the home side is going to be in this contest.
The state of Sri Lankan women can be gauged by the fact that the side has been able to win one match in its last four completed series of three matches each. These have included losses to South Africa women, Pakistan women, India women, and the West Indies women.
If Sri Lanka is able to win a single match in this series then it should consider that a credible achievement.
We think if Sri Lanka has to win a match in this series, then the first game is the best chance to do so. This will be the time when England is still getting used to the conditions and may not have a clear handle on the players that they are facing.
Sri Lanka’s batting has some pretty decent batters in the side. Players like Chamari Atapattu can be world-class on their day. She scored 94 in the most recent series Sri Lanka played against South Africa and very nearly helped her side pull off a win.
She is going to have to lead from the side if Sri Lankan women need to have a chance of winning.
Weerakkody, Sanjeewani, and Madavi are also some promising players in the side many of whom have a decent experience of playing international cricket.
The challenge for the Sri Lankan women will be finding enough bowling talent to keep the English batters quiet. The lineup of Kulasurya, Prabodhani, Siriwardene, and Ranasinghe will need a lot of help from the conditions to be able to pose serious trouble.
Chamari Atapattu, Anushka Sanjeewani, Nilakshi de Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Prasadani Weerakkody, Harshitha Madavi, Hasini Perera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Shashikala Siriwardene.
England women are among the best drilled, paid, and prepared sides in women’s cricket. Perhaps, along with Australia, England’s women set the bar in cricket. It is no surprise then that one of the most successful sides in the history of women’s cricket is the favorite coming into this series against Sri Lanka.
The basis of England’s victory against India was its bowling attack. The side was very good at ensuring it did not have too many runs to chase in any of the matches. This will be the same thing that England will try to do against Sri Lanka.
Brunt, Shrubsole, and Elwiss will lead the attack for the England women. We like how Katherine Brunt was able to adapt to the slower conditions that she got in India and should be able to do the same in Sri Lanka.
We would back her as an early candidate to be the highest wicket taker this series.
There is also a lot of batting talent in the English side. Tammy Beaumont, Amy Jones, and Danny Wyatt are the batters that we are looking towards to make the most impact. Heather Knight as the all-rounder and Danny Wyatt down the order are also going to be crucial in providing balance to the English side.
Overall, there is far too much talent and experience in the English side to even consider a series loss at this point in time. The visitors must be wary about one bad day causing them to lose a match, though, because that is a definite possibility.
Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Kate Cross, Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt.
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The first ODI between England women and Sri Lankan women is going to be played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota. There is some rain predicted in Hambantota on match day and we think we could have some interruptions.
Hopefully, the rain does not come down for long enough to cause a wash-out, although, that is a real possibility.
England women have to start the series as favorites and we don’t think there is enough evidence to back the upset at this stage of the series. We would, in fact, advise betting on a 3-0 scoreline because the odds available will be much better.
Back the England women to win.
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