England v Sri Lanka: first women’s one-day international – live

Key events

Teams in full

Sri Lanka 1 Vishmi Gunaratne, 2 Chamari Atapaththu (capt), 3 Harshitha Samarawickrama, 4 Hasini Perera, 5 Nilakshi de Silva, 6 Kavisha Dilhari, 7 Anushka Sanjeewani (wkt), 8 Inoka Ranaweera, 9 Oshadi Ranasinghe, 10 Udeshika Prabodhani, 11 Achini Kulasuriya.

England 1 Tammy Beaumont, 2 Emma Lamb, 3 Heather Knight (capt), 4 Nat Sciver-Brunt, 5 Alice Capsey, 6 Maia Bouchier, 7 Amy Jones (wkt), 8 Sarah Glenn, 9 Kate Cross, 10 Lauren Filer, 11 Mahika Gaur.

Teams in brief: two changes for SL

Chamari Atapahthu, who in my limited experience always sounds as if she’s planning to have a party, is more than happy to bat first, saying the conditions are “really good for batting”. But she shows some steel too, leaving out two members of the history-making XI from the other night. Sugandika Kumari and Inoshi Fernando give way to Oshadi Ranasinghe and Achini Kulasuriya.

Teams in brief: three debutants for England

Knight confirms that Nat Sciver-Brunt is back, but playing only as a batter. England have three players taking part in their first ODI – Maia Bouchier, Lauren Filer and Mahika Gaur.

Toss: England opt to bowl first

Chamari Atapaththu says heads but the coin says tails, so Heather Knight wins the toss. She chooses to chase, feeling that it’s a good wicket and if there’s anything in it for the bowlers, that will be early on.

The heatwave continues. The sun is blazing down, even in Durham.

Preamble

If it’s a new day, it must be a new series. No sooner have the men switched over from T20s to ODIs than the women have to do so too. The difference is that history was made in the women’s T20s. Sri Lanka beat England for the first time ever in a women’s bilateral white-ball series and they did it in style, with their captain and star player, Chamari Atapaththu, leading from the front.

The moment when they won the third game and sealed the series was so good that I found myself filming it off the telly. The whole team ran out to the middle to join the two batters who had got them over the line. You could have turned the Derby floodlights off and lit the ground with their smiles.

The Sri Lankans surely deserved more than two days to bask in the glow of their achievement, but the schedule is an unforgiving bastard, so now they have to start again. This match at Chester-le-Street is the first of three ODIs that will unfold over just six days, with the other games following on Tuesday and Thursday.

For England, it’s a shot at redemption. They will have Tammy Beaumont back, and she may find opening the batting easier than what she had to do in the T20 series – commentating on her team-mates’ struggles. Will they continue to be befuddled by the spinners? Or will they dig deep and reassert themselves? We shall see from 11am BST. I’ll be back at 10.35 or so with news of the toss and teams.

source: theguardian.com