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A disciplined bowling performance, complemented by a clinical run chase enabled England Women seal a comfortable win.

A disciplined bowling performance, complemented by a clinical run chase enabled England Women seal a comfortable series-winning eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka Women in the second T20I at the Colts Cricket Ground in Colombo on Tuesday (March 26).

Having opted to bat, Sri Lanka's innings started reasonably well with a 45-run opening stand between skipper Chamari Athapaththu and Imalka Mendis at more than a run a ball. Despite the former's dismissal, the momentum was carried forward by Shashikala Siriwardene who was promoted to number three but the hosts lost a couple of wickets in the space of four balls, after which the innings went downhill.

Only 43 runs came off the last 53 balls of the Sri Lankan innings as they crawled their way to a below-par total of 108. The only chance from there was to take early wickets but England's openers Danielle Wyatt and Amy Jones thwarted that with a blistering 79-run stand off just 45 deliveries to all but settle the contest. Though neither of them batted through, they had done enough as Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver completed the formalities.

Sri Lanka's bowlers were erratic, and didn't have enough runs to play with for starters. It was the second successive one-sided contest in the T20I series after the opening game in which the Lankans couldn't cross the 100-run mark. The visitors rotated their squad to test the fringe players and still managed to come out on top comfortably.

The final match of the tour will played at the SSC, Colombo on Thursday (March 28).

Scores: England Women: 109/2 in 13.5 overs (Wyatt 37, Jones 36) beat Sri Lanka Women 108/6 in 20 overs (Athapaththu 24, Brunt 2/31, Brown 1/6) by eight wickets.

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