Sri Lanka Women Triumph Over England in T20 Series


Sri Lanka Women Triumph Over England in T20 Series

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Sri Lanka bounced back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat England by seven and eight wickets, marking England’s first T20I series loss to a team other than Australia since 2010. This success came after Sri Lanka’s earlier 2-1 ODI triumph against New Zealand in June, and it coincided with Pakistan’s clean sweep of South Africa in their T20 series, winning all three matches.

The coach of the Sri Lanka Women’s team, Rumesh Ratnayake, described their T20 series victory against England as a “significant achievement” for cricket in Sri Lanka.

The recent results are raising hopes that the gap between the top-ranked nations and others can be narrowed. Sri Lanka, ranked six places lower than England, and Pakistan, two spots behind South Africa, have delivered impressive performances. Ratnayake’s prediction that their victory will garner attention in Sri Lanka is likely to further support this cause.

“It’s really huge because when we left Sri Lankan shores, they didn’t think that we would do so well. Everybody thought maybe you might win one out of six. But I just told the girls that we are here not just to play and participate, we are here to win. I think it is going to be huge there. The awareness of girls playing and wanting to be people like Chamari and the likes would be huge,” Ratnayake said.

The historic 2-1 series win was sealed with a commanding seven-wicket victory over Heather Knight’s team in the third T20I in Derby. It was expected that Chamari Athapaththu would play a crucial role in this victory.

Australia faced a tough situation when they were at 113/7 while chasing a target of 223. However, Agar and Labuschagne joined forces and built a partnership of a hundred runs, ultimately leading Australia to victory. This was achieved despite Temba Bavuma’s outstanding individual performance in the first innings.

Labuschagne took the field as a replacement only after Cameron Green sustained a head injury when a Marco Jansen bouncer, clocking at 140 kilometers per hour, hit his helmet before he had a chance to score.

Ashton Agar partnered with Labuschagne, and together, they coolly accumulated the required runs in an unbroken partnership of 112 runs. This performance guided Australia to a significant victory, securing it by three wickets with almost 10 overs left to play.

Labuschagne remained unbeaten with a score of 80, while Agar also stayed not out with 48, displaying an impressive demonstration of composed determination. They refrained from attempting flashy shots and instead focused on accumulating singles and twos. Their disciplined approach allowed them to maintain a required run rate of just 2, and notably, they went over 14 overs without hitting a boundary.

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Athapaththu made a significant impact by taking three important wickets to restrict England to a mere 116 runs. Additionally, she played a brilliant innings of 44 runs from just 28 balls to ensure that Sri Lanka successfully achieved the target with three overs to spare.

As expected, Athapaththu was rightfully named Player of the Match and Player of the Series for her outstanding all-around contributions. The Sri Lanka captain managed to accumulate a total of 114 runs and claimed five wickets across the three matches.

Although Athapaththu deserves most of the praise for her exceptional performances, it’s worth noting that she received significant support from her teammates during the series-deciding match. Sri Lanka’s bowlers did an excellent job in dismissing England for a low score, which played a crucial role in giving their team the upper hand.

In the opening moments of the match, Inoshi Priyadharshani made a significant impact by taking the crucial wicket of Danni Wyatt from the very first ball. Udeshika Prabodhani and Kavisha Dilhari also played their part, each securing two wickets. These collective efforts led to the hosts being dismissed on the final delivery of the penultimate over.

In response, Athapaththu started aggressively, maintaining the visitors’ advantage. Even though the Sri Lanka captain was dismissed in the seventh over, Harshitha Samarawickrama’s unbeaten 26 runs helped steer the visitors to a comfortable victory.

Next up, the two teams will kick off a three-game ODI series, with the first match scheduled to start at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

Final Scores:

Sri Lanka: 117 (17)
England: 116 (19)
Sri Lanka Women won by 7 wickets (18 balls left) 2-1

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