|Beaumont & Carr enjoying their century stand|
Sri Lanka got off to a good start with 36 coming off the first five overs, but Madashani then lobbed Georgia Holmes to Carr at extra cover and three overs later her fellow opener Hansika drove Georgia Hennessy (3/33) to the same fielder at mid-off, where she completed a tumbling catch. Sri Lanka were 56/2 in the 9th over. Runs continued to come easily to the Sri Lankans, but they lost their third wicket in the 13th over when Hennessy bowled Sri Lanka skipper Ranasinghe, and Hennessy claimed the fourth wicket in her next over bowling Sanjeewani playing am ambitious pull shot to a full ball and missing. Sri Lanka were 97/4. Alex McDonald (2/7) and Jodie Dibble (2/27) effectively dried up the Sri Lankan scoring as they bowled a 13 over spell for just 20 runs and took four more wickets. At 141/8 Sri Lanka were on borrowed time, but they stretched the game out into the 44th over with their final two wickets, claimed by Hollie Armitage and Steph Butler.
Sri Lanka's focus has clearly been on the T20 format of the game during this series and the sides put out in the two 50 over games were not that strong. England won both games, but only after a batting scare in the first game and with a bit of a drawn-out struggle in the second. This is a young Academy side and they will all have taken something from the tour - the first to Asia for many of them. The experienced Tammy Beaumont has pulled the batting through in most games and the bowlers have worked hard in very hot conditions. Now it is back to rainy England and the domestic season which starts in about 11 weeks.
scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/710587.html