The Sri Lanka women’s cricket team achieved a historic victory in the 20/20 tournament against the England women’s team, marking a memorable moment in the history of women’s cricket. This was the first time the Sri Lanka women’s team won a 20/20 tournament against England, and they achieved this victory on English soil.
In the third 20/20 match held as a day and night game at Derby Stadium in England, Sri Lanka’s captain, Chamari Athapattu, won the toss and chose to field. The Sri Lankan team bowled out all the England players for just 116 runs in 19 overs.
Captain Chamari Athapattu played a pivotal role with the ball, taking 3 wickets for 21 runs in her 4 overs.
Other notable bowlers included Udeshika Prabodhani (2 wickets for 16 runs), Kavisha Dilhari (2 wickets for 16 runs), Inoshi Priyadarshani, and Inoka Ranavi, who each took one wicket.
Maia Boucher was the highest scorer for England with 23 runs.
When Sri Lanka came to bat, opening batsmen Chamari Athapattu and Anushka Sanjeevani provided a strong start. Chasing a target of 117 runs, the first wicket fell at 65 runs. Captain Chamari Athapattu’s innings, featuring 5 fours and 2 sixes in 28 balls, ended with a half-century and 44 runs.
Anushka Sanjivani contributed 20 runs, and Vishmi Gunaratne scored 8 runs. Harshita Samarawickrama (26 not out) and Hasini Perera (9 not out) successfully completed the match with victory in 17 overs.
The player of the match and the entire tournament was undoubtedly captain Chamari Athapattu.
This historic victory added a colorful chapter to women’s cricket in Sri Lanka.