England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group B, Sylhet
England Women put in an excellent all-round performance to beat Sri Lanka Women by seven wickets and qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet.
Anya Shrubsole returned figures of three for nine as Sri Lanka were restricted to a score of 85 for nine with only captain Shashikala Siriwardene, with 38 not out, offering any resistance.
England then cruised home in 16 overs, Sarah Taylor top scoring with 36 as England confirmed their place in the semi-finals and ended India's chances of going through.
They will play Australia or the winner of tomorrow's game between New Zealand and South Africa, their final position in the group also dependent on the final round of matches which see the West Indies play India.
England made a brilliant start to the game when Shrubsole trapped Chamari Atapattu in front for a two-ball duck and never let the Sri Lankans back into it.
Shrubsole bowled Deepika Rasangika (5) and had Udeshika Prabodhani (2) caught by Sarah Taylor while Rebecca Grundy (2-13) and Jenny Gunn (2-21) also bowled well.
Siriwardene played a lone hand, coming in with the score on 12 for two and staying until the end, hitting two fours and a six in 43 deliveries.
In reply, England scored 40 runs in the powerplay and openers Taylor (36 in 34 balls) and Charlotte Edwards (17 in 26) put on 51 together.
Siriwardene had Edwards trapped in front and then Taylor stumped by Rebecca Vandort but there was no stopping England.
Heather Knight's dismissal, caught by Rasangika off Prabodhani for 21, came two balls before the winning runs were hit with Lydia Greenway unbeaten on eight and Natalie Sciver on one.
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