Sri Lanka women’s cricket team win first-ever series against England

The Sri Lankan women’s cricket team created history after securing their first-ever series win over England in any format. The island nation clinched the series 2-1 after a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Heather Knight’s side in the third T20I. Skipper Chamari Athapaththu played a crucial role, displaying her experience once again.

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Athapaththu picked up three crucial wickets, helping restrict England to a mere 116 runs. Then, during the chase, she displayed her batting prowess by contributing a brilliant 44 runs from just 28 deliveries. In the end, Sri Lanka comfortably chased down the target with three overs to spare.

Athapaththu was named Player of the Match and Player of the Series for her exceptional all-round performances. Across the three matches, the Sri Lankan captain scored a total of 114 runs and took five wickets.

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Besides her match winning contributions, her teammates also played a vital role in the series decider. Sri Lanka’s bowlers, led by Inoshi Priyadharshani (1/15), removed key England batsmen, including Danni Wyatt, early in the match. Udeshika Prabodhani (2/16) and Kavisha Dilhari (2/16) also made significant contributions as England was dismissed in the final over of the innings.

In response, Athapaththu set a brisk pace, maintaining Sri Lanka’s control over the match. Harshitha Samarawickrama (26*) provided valuable support, helping guide the team to a comfortable victory.

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The two teams will now shift their focus to a three-game ODI series, with the first match scheduled to begin at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

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