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November 22, 2010
England 114 (Marsh 30, Siriwardene 2-15) beat Sri Lanka 97 (Galagedara 28, Marsh 2-15) by 17 runs
Laura Marsh helped England take an unassailable 2-0 series lead by top-scoring with 30 and taking two wickets as England eased to a 17-run win in the 2nd Twenty20 against Sri Lanka at Colombo.
It was captain Charlotte Edwards' allround effort that inspired England's opening victory and though she did not play this match Marsh followed in a similar vein after Sri Lanka opted to field first. Despite losing opening partner Danielle Wyatt early she was aggressive and struck three boundaries in her 26-ball innings. Contributions from Fran Wilson (17), Lydia Greenway (16) and stand-in captain Jenny Gunn (13) dragged England up to 114.
If the target looked gettable at the halfway stage it would have seemed much harder after Isa Guha removed Chamari Polgampola, caught behind, with the first ball of the innings. Inoka Galagedara tried to rebuild the innings with a careful 28 before becoming the first of two wickets for Wyatt.
Marsh then got into the action, snaring Shashikala Siriwardene, the Sri Lanka captain, for 10 and having wicketkeeper Dilani Manodara out stumped soon after. Chamani Seneviratna (15 not out) held firm to keep the hosts in touch but three run outs ruined the lower order and gave England the series.
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