Our prediction is that England Women clean sweep the series with a win in the third and final ODI against Sri Lanka Women.
England Women who are on a tour to Sri Lanka for an ODI and T20I series each have made the first blow by winning the ODI leg of the tournament. England Women won the first two matches by huge margins to clinch the 3-match ODI series away from home.
With that win, England Women have toppled India from the second spot in the ICC Women’s Championship ranking. This series is turning out to be huge for England Women in terms of automatic qualification for the world cup which looks very likely at the moment.
Sri Lanka Women are struggling in departments but their batting is the main reason they have had to face huge losses in this series so far. Sri Lanka will be looking to salvage some pride in the last ODI at Katunayake.
Nothing is clicking for the Sri Lanka Women at this moment. They slumped to another massive defeat against England Women in the second ODI resulting in another lost series for them. The 6 wicket loss was their 7th straight loss against the England counterpart.
Winning the toss batting first this time, Sri Lanka Women made a decent start reaching crossing 40 without losing a wicket. But a collapse meant that they moved from 41 for none to 73 for 4. Madavi and Karunaratne formed a partnership to take them to 145 but Sri Lanka eventually managed just 187 in the 50 overs. England had no trouble chasing this target as they cruised to 188 with 6 wickets and more than 15 overs remaining.
Fernando was the pick of the bowlers picking 3 wickets. It looks unlikely for Sri Lanka to turn the tables on England Women at the moment. Captain Jayangani has a lot to think before she puts her team on the field for the third ODI.
M Weerakkody, AC Jayangani (c), MAA Sanjeewani, SIP Fernando, HASD Siriwardene, H Madavi, NND de Silva, WGAKK Kulasuriya, OU Ranasinghe, Hansima Karunaratne, I Ranaweera.
England Women are cruising along nicely away from home in Sri Lanka. Two consecutive crushing wins against the hosts have secured the series for them. More importantly, they have climbed the ranking in ICC Women's Championship are second only to Australia now.
Bowling first after losing the toss, England Women patient when they could not get the early wickets. They made sure the scoring isn’t brisk. Sri Lanka finally gave away and could manage a sub-200 total for England to chase. There were no mini-collapses for England this time as they made a mockery of this chase by completing it within 34 overs with 6 wickets to spare.
Alex Hartley, took 3 for 36, who was well supported by Shrubsole and Marsh picking 2 wickets each. Amy Jones top-scored for England with a well-made 54. With one more match to go England will be looking to strengthen their position for automatic qualification for the world cup by strengthening their position at the top in the ICC Women’s Championship rankings.
Heather Knight(c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Alex Hartley, Amy Jones/Sarah Taylor (wk), Nat Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Lauren Winfield, Danielle Wyatt, FC Wilson.
Only one ODI has been played previously at FTZ sports complex in Katunayake. The match was between Sri Lanka Women and India Women. The hosts could take some heart from the fact that they were able to beat India at this venue successfully chasing a target of 254.
Thus, the team winning the toss should look to Bowl first at this venue and then look to chase as the conditions become easier for batting.
With series already in the pocket, England Women might be tempted to try out a few fringe players but that does not look likely as they have their eyes on automatic world cup qualification. Sri Lanka should look beyond win and loss here and must get their processes in order and must show some fight against the highly confident English team.
Our prediction is that England Women will wrap the ODI series with a win in the third and final ODI at Katunayake on March 21, 2019.
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