Amy Jones in action. ©SLC

Swashbuckling batting by Jones, Wyatt, Sciver and Beaumont tore Sri Lanka attack into pieces to hand huge victory to England and clean sweep the series 3-0.

In their quest to end the Sri Lanka tour with a perfect record, England met Sri Lanka at Colombo in the final T20I game of the series. Having whitewashed the ODI series England needed to win this game to win 6th consecutive T20I and 10th consecutive international match on the subcontinent.

Sri Lanka made 3 changes to the squad from the last match. Methtananda, Kulasuriaya, and Sugandika Kumari replaced Ranaweera, Fernando and Mendis. England too made one change as Brunt made way for Cross.

For the 6 out of 6 games Sri Lanka won the toss. They opted to bowl first.

England stuck to the same opening pair of Wyatt and Jones who had put up a 79-run partnership in the previous match. Both the batters did not waste any time and started smashing the balls as if they were continuing from where they had left in the last match.

Wyatt smashed two fours in the first two overs whereas Jones hit first six of the match in the 3rd over. In the next over Jones smashed 3 consecutive fours. Wyatt hit her first six in the 5th over to bring up their 2nd consecutive 50-run partnership. At the end of the powerplay of 6 overs, England had posted 61-0.

In the 9th over Wyatt brought up her 7th T20I half-century with a single off Siriwardene. But with the score at 96, she fell to Ranasinghe for 53 (33b 6×4, 1×6) in the next over as Sri Lanka got much needed breakthrough. Jones continued her onslaught and in the 12th over, she brought up her half-century in 34 balls with a huge six off Siriwardene.

Ranasinghe struck again to dismiss Jones for 57 (38b 6×4, 2×6). At 116/2 Sciver joined Beaumont and opened her inning by smashing 3 consecutive fours off Karunaratne. In the 17th over Sciver became the 6th English woman to reach 1000 runs milestone.

Sciver hit 4 consecutive fours in the 19th over and took a single off the 5th delivery to reach 49. England scored 12 runs in the final over but Sciver couldn’t reach her half-century despite getting strike for 2 deliveries. She remained unbeaten on 49 (24b 10×4) and Beaumont on 42* (25b 4×4).

Chasing a mammoth 205 for a victory, Sri Lanka suffered early setbacks as Thimashini was trapped leg before by Smith in the 2nd over and the skipper Atapattu was dismissed by Davis in the 3rd over. At 15-2 Siriwardene joined Karunaratne in the middle. She departed just 8 deliveries later on as Dunkley took the catch off Cross.

As the hosts slipped to 21-3, Ranasinghe and Karunaratne put up a brief resistance and added 16 runs before Marsh bowled her out for 9. The England skipper Knight brought herself on in the attack and immediately on the 2nd delivery she removed Madavi to send host’s half the side back in the pavilion for 46 runs.

Surangika and Karunaratne ensured that the hosts do not go down timidly by adding 36 runs for the 6th wicket in 7.5 overs. The resistance was broken in the 17th over when Cross trapped Surangika leg before for 17. In the 20th over Karunanatne brought up 100 for the hosts and finally they reached 108-6 thus handing England a huge victory by 96 runs.

England have thus won 6 T20I in a row in the Indian subcontinent whereas Sri Lanka have faced 7 consecutive defeats.

Amy Jones was the top scorer with 111 runs and Smith picked up 4 wickets in the series for England whereas Karunaratne became top scorer with 73 runs and Ranasinghe and Siriwardene picked up 2 wickets each for Sri Lanka.

 

Brief Score:

England 204/2 (20 overs) (Jones 57, Wyatt 51, Sciver 49*, Ranasinghe 2-28) beat Sri Lanka 108/6 (20 overs) (Karunaratne 44*, Cross 2-20) by 96 runs.