Twitter Reactions: Chamari Athapaththu shines as Sri Lanka clinch T20I series against England

Sri Lanka defeated England by seven wickets in the third T20I.

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Chamari Athapaththu Batting.
Chamari Athapaththu Batting. (Photo Source: Twitter/@WHITE_FERNS)

The three-match T20I affair of the ongoing multi-format series between England women and Sri Lanka women finally came to an end, with Sri Lanka gaining the upper hand ultimately and clinching the series 2-1. Both sides faced each other in the third T20I of the series on Wednesday, September 6, at the County Ground in Derby. 

Speaking of the game, England came in to bat first after losing the toss and got off to a horrid start. Openers Danni Wyatt and Maia Bouchier were sent packing for 0 and 23 runs, respectively. Furthermore, things went from bad to worse as Alice Capsey was dismissed for just nine runs. Heather Knight and Amy Jones added 18 and 20 runs on the board, respectively.

Furthermore, with late pushes by Danielle Gibson and Sarah Glenn, who scored 21 and 16* runs, England posted 116 runs in the first innings. Sri Lanka put forth an excellent performance with the ball, as skipper Chamari Athapaththu asserted her dominance.

Athapaththu was the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in the first innings, taking three wickets and conceding 21 runs in four overs. Furthermore, Udeshika Prabodhani and Kavisha Dilhari took two wickets, with Inoshi Priyadharshani and Inoka Ranaweera striking once.

Athapaththu’s masterclass helped Sri Lanka clinch series

Aiming to chase down the target of 117 runs, Sri Lanka got off to a brilliant start as skipper Athapaththu showcased her brilliance with the bat as well. Scoring 44 runs in 28 deliveries, Athapaththu propelled her side to a brilliant start. Furthermore, Anushka Sanjeewani scored 20 runs in 16 deliveries, with Harshitha Samarawickrama adding 26* runs in 28 balls.

Losing just three wickets during the run chase, Sri Lanka chased down the target in just 17 overs and won the game by seven wickets. As for England, Sarah Glenn and Alice Capsey were the only wicket-takers for the side, with two and one wicket to their names, respectively. With the win, the T20I series between Sri Lanka women and England women came to an end. Both sides will now gear up for the ODI games of the multi-format series.

Here are the best tweets from the game between England women and Sri Lanka women:

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