In a reversal of fortunes, the Sri Lanka Women confined the strong England outfit to the lambs of slaughter romping to a facile 10-wicket triumph on the breathtaking batting heroics of their pinch hitting captain Chamari Atapattu who bludgeoned 78 off 50 balls power packed with 5 sixes and 8 boundaries chasind down 122 for victory in their second warm-up match on Tuesday at Adelaide. Sri Lanka raced to 123 for no loss in 12.3 overs.
Atapattu, who has cut a niche in battling as underdogs in savaging strong opposition bowling attacks as she has proved by 3 of her 6 international centuries being against world champions Australia, took on the formidable England bowling attack after Sri Lanka had reduced England to 122 for 9 wickets in 20 overs. There too the Lankan skipper had a hand claiming 3 wickets for 21 in teaming up with veteran campaigner Shashikala Siriwardene who from the other end snared the English to return the impeccable figures of 4 for 22 from 4 overs.
Atapattu’s whirlwind knock, like most of her previous ones took the breath off the English as she found an able ally in Hasini Perera who played a subdued cushioning role to her skipper with an unbeaten 29 off 25 inclusive of 4 boundaries in most of the time palming the strike to her aggressive partner.
England Women 122/9 (20 Overs) Run rate: 6.1 (A.E. Jones 23, T.T. Beaumont 23, F.C. Wilson 18, S. Ecclestone 16, H.A.S.D. Siriwardene 4/22, A.C. Jayangani 3/21)
Sri Lanka Women 123/0 (12.3 Overs) Run rate: 9.84 (A.C. Jayangani n.o. 78, G.W.H.M. Perera n.o. 29)