Twitter Reactions: Mahika Gaur, Sarah Glenn, Lauren Filler dismantle Sri Lanka to help England go 1-0 up
England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first ODI to go 1-0 in the series.
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After losing the T20I series by 1-2 against Sri Lanka women, England women took the field to avenge their loss in the first ODI of the three-match series on Saturday, September 09 at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street. England captain Heather Knight won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first. Sri Lankan openers Anushka Sanjeewani and Chamari Athapaththu walked out to the middle to get their team off to a blazing start.
However, they couldn’t extend their partnership beyond 22 as captain Athapaththu lost her stumps against Mahika Gaur. Her partner Sanjeewani also followed suit getting dismissed in the same fashion in the next over by Gaur. Harshita Madavi walked in at number three and held one end while wickets continued to tumble at the other end. Sarah Glenn and Lauren Filler hunted in packs to bring Sri Lankan batting down on their knees.
Filer dismissed Hasini Perera (10 off 15), Kavisha Dilhari (9 off 17) and Nilakshi de Silva (0 off 1) to leave the visitors reeling at 78/6 after 19.4 overs. At the other end, Madavi showed great composure and played a crucial knock of 35 (44). However, after her dismissal in the 23rd over against Lauren Filler left her side staring down the barrel.
Sarah Glenn, Mahika Gaur and Lauren Filler take three wickets each
As a result, they were dismissed for 106 in 30.2 overs with Mahika Gaur (3/26), Sarah Glenn (3/20) and Lauren Filer (3/27) picking three wickets each. In reply, England openers Emma Lamb and Tammy Beaumont walked out to the middle to finish the chase as early as possible. The duo put on a run-a-ball 61-run stand to bring their team to the verge of victory. Inoka Ranaweera managed to get first success for Sri Lanka dismissing Beaumont for 32 (31) in the 11th over.
England further lost two more wicket in their chase but managed to reach home in 18 overs and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Meanwhile, X was abuzz with reactions on England's emphatic victory.
Here are some of the Tweets:
England gave ODI debuts to two exciting fast bowlers today and each of them took three wickets. #MahikaGaur and #LaurenFiler are so young that if you add their ages together (17 + 22), they're still two years younger than Jimmy Anderson #ENGvSL— Tim de Lisle (@TimdeLisle) September 9, 2023
England's victory with 192 balls remaining is their biggest in an ODI since 2013, their 7th biggest in ODIs overall, and their 3rd biggest in the 50-over era of the format.#ENGvSL https://t.co/2xZxeqoQby— hypocaust (@_hypocaust) September 9, 2023
Disrespectful of England to beat Sri Lanka in such a convincing fashion.#ENGvSL— Shajin MS (@SupertrampMS) September 9, 2023
Just checked the score and I'm in awe of England's bowling spells:— Devjani (@CricketKenway) September 9, 2023
Mahika Gaur: 3-26 from 6.2 overs
Kate Cross: 0-21 from 6 overs
Sarah Glenn: 3-20 from 8 overs
Lauren Filer: 3-27 from 5 overs
Alice Capsey: 1-12 from 5 overs//
Remember the name: Mahika Gaur. #ENGvSL pic.twitter.com/PpPP3BNQZj