Our prediction is that England Women will seal the series with a win against Sri Lanka Women in the second ODI.
England Women started the away tour of Sri Lanka with an emphatic win in the first ODI. They crushed the home side with 154 runs (D/L Method) to kick off the tour. The second ODI of the three-match series will be played at the same venue on 18th March 2019.
England Women were trying to settle the top and middle order for quite some time now. In India, the middle order was exposed. However, a weaker opposition and thus less pressure helped them give the opportunity to do so which they grabbed with both hands.
Sri Lanka Women’s problems continue though. They just don’t seem to have a strong batting lineup to counter quality English bowling. They will have to play out of their skin to challenge this English side.
The home team suffered a huge loss against the touring England team in the first ODI of the three-match series. The Sri Lanka defeat was kind of expected but the manner in which they lost must trouble them.
Winning the toss fielding first Sri Lanka lost the game in the first 20 overs when England scored almost run a ball without losing a wicket. With wickets in hand, England's middle order pushed the score at will to set a target of 332 for the hosts. Sri Lanka tried as many as 7 different bowlers to slow the run scoring down but to no avail.
Chasing the target Sri Lanka Women were reduced to 7 for 46 by the end of 14th over and were staring at a huge loss but Nilakshi de Silva and Oshadi Ranasinghe showed some fight. The match was reduced to 40 overs due to rain interruption. The host could only manage to not get bowled out but eventually managed just 159 in 40 overs. 7 out of 10 Sri Lankan batters could not cross the single digit mark. The host need a major rejig in the batting department.
PM Weerakkody, AC Jayangani (c), MAA Sanjeewani, GWHM Perera, HASD Siriwardene, H Madavi, NND de Silva, KDU Prabodhani, OU Ranasinghe, Hansima Karunaratne, I Ranaweera
As expected England Women crushed the Sri Lanka women team in the opening ODI of the series at Hambantota. The guest were ruthless in batting and aggressive in bowling which resulted in a big win.
Losing the toss batting first England Women crossed hundred run mark without much trouble. They had a mini-collapse from 0 for 114 to 3 for 118 but this hiccup was well covered by Heather Knight, Nate Sciver, and Danielle Wyatt, who provided the impetus for the big score. Sri Lanka were nowhere in the chase and effectively managed 159 in 40 overs. Catherine Brunt was the pick of the bowlers who took 3 wickets.
One more win and England Women matches India Women on points in the ICC Women’s championship rankings at the second spot. It will interesting to see how England Women keeps up the pressure.
Heather Knight(c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Fran Wilson, Amy Jones/Sarah Taylor(wk), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt, Kate Cross, Laura Marsh
If the first ODI is anything to go by, the conditions at Hambantota seemed flat as England put a score of above 330 for Sri Lanka to chase. The second match is scheduled at the same venue and promises to be a high scoring one.
The team winning the Toss should look to Bat first at this venue and try to put on big total on the board for the opposition to chase.
The valley of difference between Sri Lanka and England Women teams was evident in the first ODI. England were brutal in setting up the target and their much experienced and one of the best bowling attacks did not find it difficult to defend it against weaker opposition. England Women will be keen to realize the possibility of getting to the second spot in the ICC Women’s Championship rakings in order to secure automatic World Cup qualification.
Our prediction is that England Women will take an unassailable lead in the series with a win against Sri Lanka at Hambantota in the second ODI on March 18, 2019.
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