CWG 2022: Bowlers, Ellis Capsi guide England to five-wicket win over Sri Lanka

After bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 106/9 in their 20 overs, England were in trouble when they lost their openers in the first four overs. But Ellis put England on the line, chasing 107 in 17.1 overs with the help of stand-in captain Nat Sciver and then Mya Boucher.

Veteran fast bowler Katherine Brunt, playing in her 100th T20 match, set the tone for England by taking a wicket by trapping Vishmi Gunaratne in LBW on the very first ball of the match. He then conceded just eight runs in his three overs as Sri Lanka struggled to form a consistent partnership.

Sophie immediately got to work after catching Hasini Perera’s sharp catch and bold chance. Left-arm fast bowler Freya then dismissed skipper Chamari Athapaththu for 10 runs and took a wicket on the first ball.

Freya’s second wicket came off Kavisha Dilhari. It was Issi’s turn to foray into acting by outperforming Nilakshi de Silva and Anushka Sanjeevani. Sophie took two late wickets to finish with 3/25, while fellow spinner Sarah Glenn dismissed Ama Kanchana to finish with 1-19 in her four overs.

In reply, England got off to a poor start and Danny Wyatt dismissed Oshadi Ranasinghe in the second over. After this he got the wicket of Sophia Dunkley. But the class and restraint shown by teenager Ellis in his knock of 44 meant that England were on track during the chase.

Left-arm spinner Inoka Ranvira stunned England of late with quick dismissals to the nets and Amy Jones and stumped Ellis as well. But Maya scored an unbeaten 21 to give victory to England.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 106/9 in 20 overs (Nilakshi de Silva 25; Sophie Ecclestone 3/25, Issie Wong 2/10, Freya Kemp 2/14) lost to England 109/5 in 17.1 overs (Alice Capsi 44, Maiya Boucher 21 not out, Inoka Ranveera 3-29, Oshadi Ranasinghe 2-20) by five wickets.

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