Knight stars as England coast to victory

England 171 for 2 (Sciver 47*, Knight 45*) beat Sri Lanka 168 for 7 (Knight 2-29) by eight wickets

Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver saw England to victory (file photo) © Getty Images

An unbroken 82-run partnership between Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver saw England to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI in Colombo.

The first encounter of the four-match series did not count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, and qualification for the World Cup, but allowed England to start their tour well. Knight, England’s captain, was also the pick of the bowlers before helping chase down a target of 169 with more than 20 overs to spare.

Having chosen to bat, Sri Lanka posted a 50 stand for the first wicket before Knight removed Hasini Perera for 26. Her opening partner Nipuni Hansika also made 26 but was dismissed by Danielle Hazell three overs later.

Sri Lanka’s top order all chipped in with scores in the 20s, captain Dilani Manodara making 27 before being caught behind of Alex Hartley’s left-arm spin, but no one could go on. Beth Langston removed Chamari Atapattu and Katherine Brunt then struck twice and Knight claimed her second with the final ball of the innings.

England’s openers got off to a good start in reply, Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont putting on 77 before Atapattu parted them. Beaumont went on to make 41 before falling to Inoka Ranaweera but Knight and Sciver saw England through by scoring at more than a run a ball.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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