Toss Sri Lanka selected to bowl vs England
Heavy rain throughout the day result in a delayed begin at Hove however the climate cleared up sufficient for a 17-over contest beginning at 7pm, an hour after the scheduled begin time.
Heather Knight indicated earlier than the sport that this was the start of a brand new World Cup cycle for her staff, simply over a 12 months out from subsequent 12 months’s event in Bangladesh, with Gaur probably the most eye-catching member of the following era. A 6ft 3in left-armer, Gaur was born in Studying however made her worldwide debut for UAE on the age of 12, and has impressed within the Hundred for Manchester Originals and with Thunder on the regional home circuit.
Lauren Bell was not thought of for choice and can miss the second T20I in Chelmsford as properly on account of sickness.
With slate-grey skies overhead, Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu had no hesitation in inserting England, hoping for some help for her bowlers. Sri Lanka chosen 9 of the XI who claimed a first-ever T20I win over New Zealand in Colombo final month, with Athapaththu’s aspect having earlier taken the ODI sequence 2-1, one other maiden success.
England 1 Danni Wyatt, 2 Maia Bouchier, 3 Alice Capsey, 4 Heather Knight (capt), 5 Amy Jones (wk), 6 Freya Kemp, 7 Danielle Gibson, 8 Sarah Glenn, 9 Charlie Dean, 10 Kate Cross, 11 Mahika Gaur
Sri Lanka 1 Harshitha Samarawickrama, 2 Chamari Athapaththu (capt), 3 Nilakshi de Silva, 4 Vishmi Gunaratne, 5 Kavisha Dilhari, 6 Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), 7 Inoka Ranaweera, 8 Sugandika Kumari, 9 Udeshika Prabodhani, 10 Hasini Perera, 11 Kawya Kavindi