Our prediction is that England Women will defeat Sri Lanka Women in yet another T20 match to clean sweep the series just like the ODI series.
So far, England Women are doing pretty good with the bowl and the bat. Their bowlers came down heavily on the Sri Lankan batters, in the first two T20 matches. T20 is a format where low scores are rarely defended. To add to it, with the kind of bowling attack Sri Lanka have, England’s batsmen are barely challenged.
Sri Lanka women have this last chance in this tournament to register the maiden T20 win against England and conclude the tournament with a sense of the gratification. They would want to rejuvenate themselves and get better off their counterparts in all the departments.
For Sri Lanka Women, the results so far are not something they would have coveted. In the second T20I, their batters did a little better, compared to the first match, making 108 runs, playing all the twenty overs. The hosts could tackle English Bowler Linsey Smith, who went wicketless with 19 runs in two overs. They would want to repeat this with Smith and other English bowlers in the third match as well.
In the third T20I, a lot depends on a key batter and the captain Chamari Atapattu who scored 24 with the strike rate of 80 in the second match. The captain needs a little more support from Harshitha Madavi and Oshadi Ranasinghe to get the desired result.
Shashikala Siriwardene batted well with 15 off 13 balls and two wickets in four overs with 10 dot balls. Such small performances collectively might just turn the table.
Chamari Atapattu (c), Imalka Mendis, Shashikala Siriwardene, Umesha Thimashini, Harshitha Madavi, Hansima Karunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Dilani Manodara(w), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Inoka Ranaweera
England players are on a high with ODI series win followed by a T20 series win. And they would want to take the clean sheet back home.
England bowlers did a splendid job by getting Sri Lanka out cheaply in the first T20 and restricting them to 108 in the second match. In the second match, though the star bowler Linsey Smith went for 19 runs in two overs without a wicket, their other bowlers did a pretty good job by not giving away too many runs, thanks to Laura Marsh’s tight spell with 1 wicket for 16 runs in four overs. Katherine Brunt picked up two crucial wickets.
Amy Jones once again provided a great start with 36 runs, hitting 6 boundaries. She was nicely supported by confident Danielle Wyatt who hit 3 boundaries and a six, making 37 runs. With batters like Jones, Wyatt, and Beaumont, the pressure is always on Sri Lankan bowlers.
Amy Ellen Jones(w), Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Danielle Wyatt, Sophia Dunkley, Katherine Brun, Freya Davies, Laura Marsh, Linsey Smith
On Sinhalese Sports Club, going by the records, fielding first second seems to be a slightly better option. Out of 3 matches in which we got the results, 2 are won by teams batting second. Sri Lanka women have a very forgettable record on this ground as they have lost in 3 of the 4 matches played here, whereas remaining one did not yield any result.
It would be a good toss to win and field first.
England Women are looking invincible against the hosts. The records are strongly in favor of them to win the final match of the tournament. It would be nothing short of a fairy-tale if Sri Lanka halts the winning streak of the visitors.
We predict that England Team would once again beat Sri Lanka in the concluding T20I match of already seized T20 series.
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