In the opening match of the Sri Lanka Women’s tour of England 2023, England Women showcased a dominant performance against their Sri Lankan counterparts, securing a comfortable seven-wicket victory at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, England captain Heather Knight made a strategic decision that paid off significantly. The English bowlers put on a commendable display, restricting the Islanders to a paltry total of 106 runs in 30.2 overs.

Sri Lanka Women’s Innings

Sri Lanka’s innings struggled to gain momentum as wickets fell at regular intervals. Harshitha Samarawickrama was the top scorer for her side, contributing 35 runs off 44 deliveries. However, a collective effort from the England’s bowling attack, led by debutant Mahika Gaur and Sarah Glenn, kept the Sri Lankan Women’s team under control.

England Women’s Innings

Chasing a target of 107 for victory, England displayed confidence and skill in their batting performance. Emma Lamb (27 runs) and Tammy Beaumont (32 runs) provided a solid start to the innings.

Knight (22 runs) and Maia Bouchier (17 runs) further consolidated the team’s position. Despite losing a few wickets towards the end, Natalie Sciver’s unbeaten 2 runs ensured that England reached the target comfortably.

Player of the Match

Mahika Gaur was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for her exceptional bowling performance, where she claimed 3 wickets for just 26 runs in her 6.2 overs.

With this convincing victory, England take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

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