England women seal ODI series whitewash in Sri Lanka
2019-03-21 at 19:56
Led by half-centuries from Amy Ellen Jones and Tammy Beaumont, England chased down a target of 175 comfortably, with eight wickets in hand to complete a 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka.
With this win, England also moved two points clear of third-placed India on the ICC ODI championship table.
Electing to bat, Sri Lankan batters yet again struggled to dominate Laden’s bowling, and the top four were sent back to the pavilion within the first 20 overs, with only 52 on the board.
Harshitha Madavi, was the only batter to make a notable contribution, stroking a 72-ball 42.
She was instrumental in reviving Sri Lanka’s innings with a 53-run partnership in the company of Hansima Karunaratne, but the hosts struggled to make much good of that.
Nilakshi de Silva and Oshadi Ranasinghe played their part in the lower middle order before being run out.
Sri Lanka managed to play out their quota of overs, but a brace each by Anya Shrubsole, Kate Cross and Alex Hartley had restricted them to 174.
England had little trouble chasing the total down, especially with the in-form openers laying another strong foundation.
Jones and Beaumont were involved in their third fifty-plus partnership in as many games this series, and their second consecutive century-stand to shut all chances for Sri Lanka.