A powerful performance from their bowlers and top order alike helped England women cruise to a decisive 2-0 series win in the one-day international series in Sri Lanka. They won the second game by six wickets, backing up their 154-run win in the first ODI.
The victory was set-up by Anya Shrubsole, who was once again parsimonious with the new ball. Shrubsole conceded just 21 from her ten overs, while claiming the wickets of Shashikala Siriwardene, in the middle overs, and Harshitha Madavi, towards the end of the innings. It means that Shrubsole now has combined figures of 3-30 from 17 overs so far this series.
As in the opening ODI, when England restricted Sri Lanka to 159-8 during their onerous chase of 314 from 40 overs, the entire attack contributed. With Katherine Brunt absent, spin played a more prominent role in this win. Left-armer Alex Hartley, returning to the side, took 3-36. As well as helping England maintain a grip over the middle of the innings, this was also significant for Hartley’s own position in the side: going back to the end of 2017, she had taken just one wicket in her past six ODIs.
Laura Marsh had earlier snared both openers, and Nat Sciver was frugal, conceding just 19 runs from her seven overs. The upshot was that England restricted Sri Lanka to 187-9 from their 50 overs.