West Indies Women and New Zealand Women completed the ICC Women's World Twenty20 semi-final line-up by beating South Africa Women and Sri Lanka Women today in Galle. They join England Women and Australia Women in the next round.
The West Indians trounced South Africa by 10 wickets after restricting them to 70 for eight from their 20 overs. Stafanie Taylor (33 not out from 30 balls) and Juliana Nero (30 not out off 28) saw their side home in just 9.4 overs to end South Africa's tournament at the group stage. Scorecard
Taylor had earlier taken three top-order South African wickets to help reduce them to 19 for six, before Dane van Niekerk led a partial recovery with a 45-ball 29 and added 46 for the seventh-wicket with Shabnim Ismail (16 off 21 balls). Both were run-out, however, by Deandra Dottin and Taylor respectively, with Shanel Daley (one for 15) and Shaquana Quintyne (tow for 14) the other wicket takers for the West Indies.
New Zealand's win against the hosts Sri Lanka was almost as comfortable, as they won by eight wickets after bowling them out for just 89. Sian Ruck, Erin Bermingham and Morna Nilesen each took two wickets, while Nicola Browne and Frances Mackay took one apiece. Only four Sri Lankan batters reached double figures, with Inoka Galagedara and Shashikala Siriwardene each making 14. Scorecard
In reply, skipper Suzie Bates got her team off to a quick start with a nine-ball 16, while Amy Satterthwaite (32 not out off 36 balls) and Sophie Devine (23 off 27) shared a second-wicket stand of 39 to take them close to victory. Mackay joined Satterthwaite and the winning runs were struck in the 16th over, with Mackay ending on 13 not out off 24 balls.
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