England Women’s Tammy Beaumont scored another unbeaten half-century to power her team’s win over Sri Lanka, and earns Sunday’s Play of the Day accolade, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.
The prolific opening batter registered her second half-century on the Pom’s tour of Sri Lanka to get the visitors off to a winning start in Colombo, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series against the Islanders.
The English bowlers were the stars of the first innings as they bowled out the home side in 19 overs with just 94 runs on the board. Oshadi Ranasinghe was the pick of the home team’s batters with her 20 not out after Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to bat first.
Looks like someone had reason to be happy!
— ICC (@ICC) March 24, 2019
Linsey Smith (3-18) caused most of the damage in her four overs with her accurate left-arm bowling. Eight of Sri Lanka’s batters failed to reach the double-figures mark as Anya Shrubsole (2-20) and Freya Davies (2-28) added to Smith’s rampage throughout the innings.
Beaumont then made light work of the chase as her composed 50 not out off 43 balls saw the visitors over the line with 34 balls to spare. England’s veteran opener smashed six fours in her unbeaten half-century, hitting the single that secured the victory for the home side – and her sixth T20I fifty – off the second ball of the 15th over.
During her dogged stand, Beaumont became the fifth player to reach 1000 T20I runs for England Women on the international stage.
We beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 24, 2019
Sri Lanka will look to bounce back from the thumping defeat with a win in the second T20I at the same venue on Tuesday in order to stop England’s dominance during the tour, and prevent the visitors from sealing the series victory with a game to spare.
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