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England (W) vs S Lanka (W), 3rd T20I at Derby, Sep 06 2023, Sri Lanka Women tour of England

RESULT
3rd T20I (D/N), Derby, September 06, 2023, Sri Lanka Women tour of England
(17/20 ov, T:117) 117/3

S Lanka (W) won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
44 (28) & 3/21
chamari-athapaththu
Player Of The Series
114 runs • 5 wkts
chamari-athapaththu
Match centre 
Scores: Chethan Kumar | Comms: Vithushan Ehantharajah
Scorecard summary
England Women 116/10(19 overs)
Sri Lanka Women 117/3(17 overs)
end of over 175 runs
SL-W: 117/3CRR: 6.88 
Harshitha Samarawickrama26 (28b 1x4)
Hasini Perera9 (13b 1x4)
Kate Cross 3-0-20-0
Mahika Gaur 3-0-22-0

9:13pm: SamD: "As a Sri Lankan fan, This series win is more valuable than the men's team winning the ongoing Asia Cup. Chamari and her team worked hard long time finally they got the results." Spot on, Sam. Not much more to say beyond that. Thanks for joining us tonight. See you all soon - Saturday, actually, for the start of the ODI series between these two teams!

8:59pm: Now time for Chamari Athapaththu - player of the match, player of the series and the winning captain: "I'm really happy with my performance and my team performance. The last two tours against Bangladesh and New Zealand we were playing really good cricket. We continued that performance in this series as well and finally we won!

"My bowling unit have done a really good job today and the whole tournament. I can mention here, especially the batters, doing really good, which is how we won. We have a good head coach, good support staff - it's a new group. We always talk about positive things in our dressing room, never negative things. Sri Lanka Cricket have helped a lot; they've increased our payments and given contracts for the girls. We have 60 plays contracted in the national set-up and we have a good domestic structure as well. We can be a good team in the future."

8:54pm: Heather Knight is speaking to Sky: "I think credit to Sri Lanka, they played brilliantly in the last two plans. They came out with good plans, bowling a lot of spin, and we have areas where we need to get better. We've been a little bit off, we haven't quite been at our best and we've been punished by Sri Lanka. A few of the batters got starts today, including myself, but didn't go on. Certainly an area we can get better is playing spin; they had really good plans for us."

How's this for a stat: This is the first T20i bilateral series England have lose to anyone other than Australia since a 2010 defeat to New Zealand!

16.6
4
Cross to Harshitha, FOUR runs

HISTORY! Sri Lanka have won their first T20i series against England! Cross bowls a full toss, Samarawickrama flicks around the corner and the tourists have secured the series 2-1! Serious questions for England to answer, but what a performance for Sri Lanka!

16.5
Cross to Harshitha, no run

Same movement, similar length, this time Samarawickrama misses out on the heave to cow corner

16.4
1lb
Cross to Perera, 1 leg bye

Full, inswinger, Perera goes to clear the front leg but doesn't do it well enough. There's a stifled LBW appeal as a single is scrambled. Bouchier meanwhile gathers, throws and misses at the nonstriker's end! That would have been out if she'd hit...

16.3
Cross to Perera, no run

Cutter? Grip off a good length, surprises Perera, who plays out to leg with no real conviction

16.2
Cross to Perera, no run

Swing into off stump, full enough for Perera to go at, but not good enough connection to beat Capsey at backward point

16.1
Cross to Perera, no run

Full, just outside off, driven to mid off

Kate Cross, what have you got?

end of over 165 runs
SL-W: 112/3CRR: 7.00 RRR: 1.25 • Need 5 from 24b
Harshitha Samarawickrama22 (26b)
Hasini Perera9 (9b 1x4)
Mahika Gaur 3-0-22-0
Alice Capsey 3-0-21-1
15.6
2
Gaur to Harshitha, 2 runs

Full, on leg stump, clipped brilliantly and saved just as well by Kemp, who makes up good ground along the legside sponge and sprawls the last few yards to save a couple

15.5
Gaur to Harshitha, no run

Leg cutter, full, into the left-hander, who drives off the outside half of her bat to point once more

15.4
2
Gaur to Harshitha, 2 runs

In the air... and just beyond Cross running back from mid off! By no means convincing from Samarawickrama but a vital couple of runs

15.3
Gaur to Harshitha, no run

Full, bit of shape away, skewed out to backward point where Wyatt fields brilliantly, gathering cleanly, and even throwing down the nonstriker's stumps. Thankfully, the deflection doesn't cost overthrows

15.2
Gaur to Harshitha, no run

Outside off, good length, slight bit of cut on the ball and through to the keeper, just beyond the edge

15.1
1
Gaur to Perera, 1 run

Starts full on leg stump, flicked in front of square to the legside boundary rider

Mahika Gaur or bust...

end of over 157 runs
SL-W: 107/3CRR: 7.13 RRR: 2.00 • Need 10 from 30b
Harshitha Samarawickrama18 (21b)
Hasini Perera8 (8b 1x4)
Alice Capsey 3-0-21-1
Charlie Dean 3-0-23-0
14.6
2
Capsey to Harshitha, 2 runs

Sharper, outside off, guided down to third for a couple by Samarawickrama

14.5
Capsey to Harshitha, no run

flighted, good length, but a bit of extra bounce surprises the batter and she almost plays on

14.4
Capsey to Harshitha, no run

On with the arm, into middle stump, pushed out to cover off the back foot

14.3
3
Capsey to Perera, 3 runs

Smart shot as Perera watches a good length off the pitch outside off, shifts her weight to the back foot and cuts through backward point. Would have gone for four but for some excellent fielding from Freya Kemp, who puts in a dive and claws the ball back a matter of inches from the sponge

14.2
1
Capsey to Harshitha, 1 run

Flighted, onto middle stump but short enough for Perera to skip down and drive beyond Capsey, who puts in a weak dive, for a single down to long on

14.1
1
Capsey to Perera, 1 run

Outside off, good length, cut to point. Capsey delayed the relase on that but well-watched by Perera

Alice Capsey returns

end of over 146 runs
SL-W: 100/3CRR: 7.14 RRR: 2.83 • Need 17 from 36b
Hasini Perera4 (6b 1x4)
Harshitha Samarawickrama15 (17b)
Charlie Dean 3-0-23-0
Sarah Glenn 4-0-23-2
13.6
1lb
Dean to Perera, 1 leg bye

Fired into leg stump, off the pad, but no chance of being out given the angle. In fact, Sri Lanka are able to sneak a leg bye as the ball deflects into the off side to bring up the team 100...

13.5
Dean to Perera, no run

Flatter, into off stump, pushed to point. Samarawickrama wants the single but Perera sends her back

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
AMCJK Athapaththu
44 runs (28)
5 fours2 sixes
Productive shot
flick
15 runs
0 four2 sixes
Control
64%
H Madavi
26 runs (28)
1 four0 six
Productive shot
flick
6 runs
1 four0 six
Control
68%
Best performances - bowlers
AMCJK Athapaththu
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
3
ECO
5.25
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
KDU Prabodhani
O
3
M
0
R
16
W
2
ECO
5.33
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
Match details
County Ground, Derby
TossSri Lanka Women, elected to field first
Series
Season2023
Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
Series resultSri Lanka Women won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberWT20I no. 1624
Match days6 September 2023 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee