ICC Women's World Cup : England beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets.

Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor slammed half-centuries as England made light work of chasing 205 to defeat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the ICC Women’s World Cup in Taunton.

Sri Lanka elected to bat but spinner Laura Marsh took four for 45 to restrict the side to just 204 for eight, with Natalie Sciver also grabbing two wickets.

In reply, England wasted little time as Lauren Winfield smashed 26 off 24 balls before Knight (82) and Taylor (74 not out) put on 148 to get their team to within seven runs of victory.

Taylor saw her side home and player of the match Marsh was thrilled with the win.

“It’s great to get another win on the board”, said Marsh. I thought the girls played really well. We were good in the field with the ball and the girls knocked them off convincingly at the end.”

“Every time you get a chance to play it’s pretty special, especially in a home World Cup, to get the chance to bowl and take some wickets was really special.”

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka didn’t get off the mark until the fourth over when Hasini Perera struck back-to-back boundaries. The opening batter produced the stand-out knock of the innings as she struck 46 off 62 balls.

Sciver broke the deadlock and the 24-year-old followed the wicket of Nipuni Hansika with the key dismissal of Chamari Athapaththu.

The Sri Lanka number three, who had made an unbeaten 178 against Australia, was caught for just one and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

When a stunning diving catch from Fran Wilson dismissed Dilani Manodara, Sri Lanka were 133 for six with lower-order runs from Oshadhi Ranasinghe (26) and Ama Kanchana (34 not out) vital.

In reply, Knight followed up her century against Pakistan with a 50 brought up with a back-foot punch through the covers off just 57 balls.

Taylor followed her to 50 soon after. She reached the landmark off 58 balls when a full toss from Athapaththu was dispatched to the boundary through midwicket.

Knight was caught at midwicket by Madhavi but England were not to be stopped as Taylor saw them home.

Shashikala Siriwardena admitted Sri Lanka didn’t get enough runs. “It was good to win the toss and bat first because this is a good wicket to bat on but I think we were 100 runs short,” she said.

“We’re really disappointed but we’ve had a tough three matches in a row in the tournament and we’re hoping to do well in the next four matches.”

Laura Marsh image courtesy of Getty Images

Live Updates

Great game here at Taunton today where England have beaten Sri Lanka at a canter. In reply to Sri Lanka’s total of 204 England race to 208/3 off 30.2 overs, skipper Knight hitting 82 and Taylor ending unbeaten on 74.

16.03- Taylor wraps up the victory when she lifts the ball to the long on boundary to see England to 208 for 3 and a seven wicket victory, while the ‘keeper remains unbeaten on 76 from 67 balls.

16.02- Taylor pulls the first ball to the mid wicket boundary to see up the 200.

16.00. Next ball the skipper is bowled for 82 off 76 balls and the score is 198/3 off 29.6.

15.59- Knight hits the fourth ball to the long off boundary to move the score to 194.

15.57- Taylor and Knight going at a canter now as Taylor reverse sweeps Athapaththu followed by a pull to midwicket- Top batting and wonderfully entertaining.

15.55- The England skipper is on fire as she hits consecutive boundaries off the last two balls of the 29th over to move onto 78 off 74 balls as the total goes to 180/2- only 25 needed. Great batting and great entertainment!

15.51- Taylor pulls Athapaththu to mid wicket to go to her 50 off 58 balls with 6 fours- well batted and keep it going- the fans are loving it here at Taunton.

15.49- England look to be cruising to a comfortable victory and now need 44 to win off 23 overs.

15.47-Knight lofts Madhavi high over mid wicket boundary into Somerset Stand for 6- well done the skipper- keep it going.

15.43- 25 overs gone and the score is 144 for 2, England now need 61 for victory.

15.40- Knight goes to her 50 with a single into off side off 57 balls and she receives a standing ovation from the large totally supportive crowd- Well batted the England skipper.

15.38- 24 overs now gone and England have progressed onto 140/2, still needing 65 to win. Knight is on 49 off 56 and Taylor 43 off 48

15.25- England at the 20 overs stage are 113/2- 92 needed for victory.

15.14- Taylor goes onto 27 off 26 balls when she pulls the ball to the mid wicket boundary to see up the 100 off 16.3 overs

15.08- 16 overs have gone and England are 94/2 0ff 16 overs. The hosts need another 111 for victory off 34 overs- 3.3 runs an over. Currently they are scoring at just under 6 an over.

15.06- After 15 overs England are 88 /2 chasing 205 for victory, Taylor is 23 off 24 balls and Knight 19 off 26.

15.00- Left arm spinner Ranaweera comes into the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End for the 14th over.

14.50- 10 overs gone and England are 65/2 with Taylor unbeaten on 14 off 15 balls and Knight 5 off 5.

14.44- Skipper Heather Knight off the mark when she clips the ball to the fine leg boundary.

14.41- Wicket- Winfield gets a top edge and is caught at mid on for 26 and England are 50/2

14.35- Off spinner Ranasinghe comes into the attack at the River End- 39/1 after 6 overs.

14.30- Wicket- Beaumont is out LBW to Kanchana for 12 and England are 33/1 off 5.1 overs.

14.20- Beaumont joins in with the fun now taking four through mid wicket off the the first ball of the fourth over bowled by Kanchana. The large crowd on 3000 are loving watching England batting against Sri Lanka.

14.18-Winfield seeing the ball well as she takes successive fours off the third over to take England onto 11/0.

14.11- Ama Kanchana to open the bowling from the Somerset Pavilion End for second over- 1/0

14.07- England off the mark as Winfield takes a single off Weerakkody from the River End to third man.

14.03- The umpires are making their way out to the middle followed by the Sri Lankan fielders and England’s opening batsmen Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield.


13.34- Innings over and Sri Lanka end on 204/8 – Kanchana ends unbeaten on 34 off 39 balls.

13.31- First ball goes for 6 over fine leg for Kanchana- the first maximum of the day.

13.30- 193/8 with six ball left to be bowled by Somerset’s very own Anya Shrubsole.

13.27- Wicket- Ranasinghe is well caught by Wilson- her second of the day off Hazell for 26- 190/8.

13.26- 12 balls remain to be bowled and Sri Lanka have moved onto 189/7.

13.22- With 3 overs of their 50 remaining Sri Lanka are 183/7.

13.19- Sri Lanka are 180/7 off 46 overs, the eighth wicket pair have added 35 together.

13.15- 5 overs left for Sri Lanka at which stage they are 177/7 as Anya Shrubsole returns at the Somerset Pavilion End.

13.11- 44 overs now gone and Sri Lanka are 173/7

13.08- 43 overs gone and Sri Lanka are now 169/7

12.55- 150 up for Sri Lanka off 40 overs as Oshadhi Ranasinghe runs Brunt down to the third man boundary.

12.49- Wicket- Lauren Winfield takes a good catch at short third man off Marsh to see the back of Lokusooriya for 3 as Sri Lanka move to 143/7. Marsh bowling really well and ended with four for 45 off her 10 overs spell. Top bowling !

12.42- 37 overs have now gone and Sri Lanka have moved onto 142/6.

12.33- 35 overs gone and Sri Lanka are 134/6 as Katherine Brunt joins the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End.

12.25- Wicket- Brilliant catch at backward point by Fran Wilson off Knight to remove Manodara for 28 as Sri Lanka move onto 130/6

12.21- Wicket- Madhavi is out caught by ‘keeper Taylor for 1 off Marsh- 130/5 off 32.3 overs. Laura Marsh in top form with 3 for 37.

12.09- Wicket!- Siriwardena is bowled by Marsh for 33 – 118/4.

11.57- 100 up as Siriwardena takes a boundary off Marsh to third man. 25 overs gone 103/3

11.47- Wicket- Perera is out caught by ‘keeper Taylor off Marsh for 46 making Sri Lanka 84/3

11.40- After 20 overs Sri Lanka have taken the total onto 69/2 as Laura Marsh joins the attack at the River End in place of Sciver.

11.35- After 19 overs Sri Lanka have taken the score onto 68/2, Perera unbeaten on 39 and Shashikala Siriwardena not out 10.

11.20- Wicket- Sciver strikes again to remove Chamari Athapaththu, caught by ‘keeper Sarah Taylorfor 1- 51/2

11.15- Wicket- Hansika is out caught by Fran Wilson off Sciver for 17- 44/1 off 12.6 overs.

11.11- Sri Lanka are now 42/0 off 12 overs- Natalie Sciver has replaced Gunn at the River End while DanielleHansika  Hazel is on in place of Srhubsole.

10.53- Sri Lanka 19/0 after 70 overs. England bowlers Jenny Gunn and Anya Shrubsole both going well.

10:38 – Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to bat first at a sunny Taunton. Play is underway and Sri Lanka are 0/0 from 3 overs.

Match Preview

Back in 2013, Sri Lanka sent shockwaves around the cricketing world when they edged out defending ICC Women’s World Cup champions England by one wicket in Mumbai to get their campaign off to a flyer.

Four years on and the nations meet again at Taunton tomorrow (Sunday) in the league stage of the tournament. England skipper Heather Knight insists there is no way her side will be underestimating their opponents. “I actually saw the highlights briefly of the Sir Lanka game from last World Cup today as they were on at one point,” said Knight, who made a thrilling ton against Pakistan, as did Natalie Sciver. “It’s four years later and a completely different team and World Cup.

“We will take confidence from the Pakistan game, but we will respect Sri Lanka like we will any opposition and hopefully put in the type of performance we want to. It was exciting to watch Natalie at the other end.  It’s the type of cricket we want to play, we want to be exciting.

“Confidence is high, particularly among the batters, but they are fresh matches and different opposition.”

Chamari Athapaththu was the difference that day for Sri Lanka, as she hit a match-winning 62 off 72 balls to get her side past its target of 238 – wicketkeeper Dilani Manodara smacking a six to win it off the very last ball of the innings.

Number three Athapaththu is in fine form again in this tournament, notching 53 in Sri Lanka’s opener and then a historic 178 not out against Australia on Thursday.

Knight and her side will welcome Sri Lanka to the County Ground in Taunton with another large crowd expected to cheer on the tournament’s host nation after a routine win over Pakistan on Tuesday banished the memory of an opening loss to India.

Sri Lanka sit seventh in the WWC standings having lost both of their opening matches, but skipper Inoka Ranaweera sees cause for optimism after pushing defending champions Australia all the way in Bristol.

She said: “I am looking forward to playing England. We want to get maybe 250 or more runs. We are now used to the conditions here. They are different from Sri Lanka but we have played a few games now so we look forward to playing against the hosts.”

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