England Women 240 for 9 (Sciver 77, Hazell 45, Fernando 3-28, Ranaweera 3-38) beat Sri Lanka Women 78 (Weerakkody 32, Marsh 4-21, Hazell 3-21) by 162 runs
England Women's offspinning duo of Laura Marsh and Danielle Hazell took seven wickets between them to decimate Sri Lanka Women for 78 and seal a 162-run win in the fourth ODI in Colombo. With the win, England completed a 4-0 sweep and their sixth consecutive series win.
In a match that was pushed to the reserve day by the weather, Sri Lanka were bowled out in 33.1 overs, with Marsh taking 4 for 21 and Hazell returning figures of 3 for 21 - her best in ODIs. That, after England had put up 240 for 9 on Thursday after being lifted by contributions from Natalie Sciver (77) and the lower order.
Sciver performed with the ball too, and was the first to strike, taking out Sri Lanka's openers inside eight overs to reduce them to 21 for 2. Twenty balls later, in the space of which Sri Lanka had added just three runs, Marsh had her first victim, sending back Lasanthi Madhushani to expose Sri Lanka's middle order.
Marsh and Hazell then scythed through the middle order with the next three wickets falling for 17 runs as Sri Lanka slipped to 47 for 6. Prasadani Weerakkody, the only batsman to show some fight with 32, added 29 runs for the seventh wicket with Nilakshi de Silva - the highest Sri Lanka could manage - before the home team lost their last four wickets for the addition of two runs.
England began in similarly poor fashion on Thursday, losing opener Tammy Beaumont for a duck in the second over after choosing to bat. Amy Jones (28) and Heather Knight (11), the captain, steadied them briefly with a 30-run second-wicket stand, before England slid drastically, losing five wickets for 20 runs to become 58 for 6.
Natalie Sciver, who had walked out just at the start of the collapse with England 38 for 2, began the recovery. Like Sciver, who later supported them with the ball, Hazell and Marsh made crucial contributions with the bat. Sciver and Hazell added 104 runs for the seventh wicket. Sciver was bowled by Chamari Atapattu for a 74-ball 77, before Hazell added 44 more for the eighth wicket with Marsh. Marsh hung around till the end, staying not out on 36. She was helped by No. 10 Beth Langston, who chipped in with 21, to complete England's recovery before rain stopped play.