England 109 for five (Capsey 44, Ranaweera 3-29) beat Sri Lanka 106 for 9 (de Silva 25, Ecclestone 3-25) by 5 wickets
England deployed the youth-and-experience system they hope will carry them to a house Commonwealth Video games medal to good impact towards Sri Lanka to open their marketing campaign with a five-wicket victory at Edgbaston.
In with the ‘previous’
Brunt, handed a commemorative cap to mark her one centesimal T20 worldwide by former England team-mate Isa Guha earlier than the match, struck with the primary ball when she pinned 16-year-opener Vishmi Gunarathne with a ball that was heading in the right direction to crash into her center and leg stumps.
Ecclestone, one other veteran of this England aspect at simply 23 given her seven years of illustrious service thus far, was steered away for 4 via third by Hasini Perera as quickly as she entered the assault within the sixth over. However left-arm spinner Ecclestone responded moments later with a calm-as-you-like caught-and-bowled after Perera struck the ball arduous again at her to depart for 17 and Sri Lanka ended the powerplay at 35 for two. Ecclestone roared again within the closing over, claiming two extra wickets to finish with 3 for 25 from her 4 overs.
In with the brand new
Kemp, the 17-year-old left-arm seamer who made her worldwide debut 5 days earlier, struck along with her first ball of the Video games, taking the prize wicket of Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu for a cautious 10 off 18 with a magnificence that straightened barely off the seam to pluck off stump out of the bottom.
Kemp had taken 2 for 18 in Monday’s third T20I towards South Africa in Derby as England accomplished their preparations for this occasion. She had her second wicket of this match when Kavisha Dilhari spooned the ball straight to Capsey at brief cowl.
Then, carrying on the youth theme, Wong, the 20-year-old Birmingham native, returned to the assault with a double-wicket maiden in her second over. Wong had Nilakshi de Silva caught just by Danni Wyatt at level and dismissed Anushka Sanjeewani with a brief ball that discovered the sting because the batter tried to drag and keeper Amy Jones grabbed the ball above her head as Sri Lanka slumped additional to 74 for six.
As if to tie the innings off with a bow, Brunt sat below a excessive ball as Ama Kanchana skied Sarah Glenn to mid-off, Brunt mendacity on the bottom after finishing the catch, arms unfold in one thing resembling aid, or satisfaction, job finished – though it wasn’t fairly for England as Ecclestone returned to seal a commanding effort for the host aspect with the ball.
Capsey caps off victory
After 9 overs, England have been 59 for 3, in contrast with Sri Lanka’s 52 for 3 on the similar stage of their innings, after Nat Sciver added 17 runs off 14 balls and her try to overturn a plumb lbw choice off the bowling of Inoka Ranaweera failed. That turned 63 for 4 when Jones offered Ranaweera’s second wicket, edging to Kumari at level.
However Capsey, sporting an enormous shiner below her proper eye after an accident through the warm-up, marshalled the rest of the run chase, in simply her third worldwide match and second innings with the bat. Having impressed with a 17-ball 25 towards South Africa on Monday when she got here in at No. 3, Capsey retained that spot and offered stability for England with a mature innings that includes 4 boundaries. She was joined by Maia Bouchier in a 42-run partnership for the fifth wicket and, after Capsey was stumped off the bowling of Ranaweera with England needing simply two runs to win, it was Bouchier who introduced up victory, slamming the subsequent ball, from Athapaththu, for 4 via long-on.
Valkerie Baynes is a common editor at ESPNcricinfo