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|Nilakshi de Silva||18||26||2||0||69.23|
|Amy Ellen Jones||76||58||8||3||131.03|
England women have taken an unassailable lead in the three-match series and will be now be looking towards a clean sweep as the series shifts to Katunayake. We have been lucky with the weather in the two matches so far and a grim forecast of showers throughout the day has not come to pass.
Both the sides played a more competitive match in the second match of the series and we are hopeful of seeing an even better performance from the Sri Lankan women in the last ODI match of the series.
Betters from both teams had a pretty decent time on a good batting pitch in the second match but we think that the going will be much tougher at Katunayake on a pitch expected to help the spinners much more.
The batting debacle that Sri Lanka women put up in the first match was terrible. It was not good enough for an international cricket team and certainly not against one of the best ODI sides in the world. This is why it was very encouraging to see the Sri Lankan women’s side put up a better performance in the second ODI.
All top-8 batters of the Sri Lankan women’s cricket team got into double figures. No one was able to pass the fifty run mark and that was probably why they fell short of a winning total but there was enough to suggest they could find the runs to win in the upcoming games.
Harshitha Madavi and Chamari Athapaththu were the most impressive batter for Sri Lanka. The skipper, Chamari, leads from the front and is easily the most talented batter in the side. If a few of the other batters can give her some support then she may not feel pressured to take the attack to the English bowlers all alone.
While the Sri Lankan batting saw a big improvement, the Sri Lankan bowlers struggled to be effective against the England batters once more. The runs flowed against the new ball and the only time a few wickets actually fell together were when the match was all but over.
The lack of Sri Lankan penetration in the Sri Lankan bowling attack is not going to go away any time soon. We expect to see a lot more spin in the next match, though, and maybe this is where the Sri Lankans have a chance to put the English batting under pressure.
Hasini Perera, Chamari Atapattu, Anushka Sanjeewani, Shashikala Siriwardene, Harshitha Madavi, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Hansima Karunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Sugandika Kumari, I Fernando, Achini Kulasuriya.
The English bowlers were made to work a bit harder in the second match as the Sri Lankan women came in with a clear plan of keeping wickets in hand. Anya Shrubsole bowled four maidens and picked two wickets to be the standout bowlers once again.
Kate Cross was also very good in terms of the economy rate while Alex Hartley ended up taking three wickets too.
A target of around 200 can be tricky in the subcontinent but England made it look very easy. The batters came out and played with intent to put the result in no doubt within the first ten overs.
Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, and Danielle Wyatt form a strong batting lineup irrespective the opposition. This bunch of players would have expected to play on some raging turners in Sri Lankan but that has not been the case.
The English batters have instead been asked to play on some flat pitches where the contest almost looks unfair. Amy Jones and Tammy Beaumont have provided England a solid start in both the matches so far and kept the run-rate up as well. These two are the best placed to the most advantage of some weak Sri Lankan bowling with the field restrictions in place and we would recommend backing one of them to be the highest run-scorer for the side.
The only way that we can see the England women lose this next game is if they encounter a turning surface and end up collapsing.
Amy Ellen Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Heather Knight, Fran Wilson, Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Anya Shrubsole, Laura Marsh, Kate Cross, Alex Hartley.
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The third ODI between the England women and the Sri Lanka women is going to be played at the Air Force Ground, Katunayake. The weather forecast is better than it was for the first two ODI’s but as we have seen, the weather can change quickly in this region. The current expectation is for a day that will be dry for the most part but could see some showers as the evening sets in.
The pitch in Katunayake should favor the spinners much more than what we saw in the previous two games. The bounce is also going to be more unpredictable and the side batting first could have a big advantage.
Sri Lanka played better than what we had expected them to do in the second ODI but they still have a long way to go. A win for the home team can be considered a huge upset if it happens. Based on what we have seen in this series, we would not recommend betting on Sri Lanka. Their batting is decent but the bowling is very poor and England has the batting depth to recover from any early losses.
Back England women to win.
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