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11-May-2010 03:31:00 GMT
India Women v SL Women, Group B, St Kitts

India Women Beat Sri Lanka to Qualify Semi-final

St. Kitts: India defeated Sri Lanka to qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament on the last day of fixtures at Warner Park while New Zealand rounded off its group stage of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 with a comfortable victory over Pakistan earlier in the day.

India's fixture was the second of the day and saw the higher scoring of the two matches at Warner Park with Sulakshana Naik and Mithali Raj both scoring half-centuries to make the total of 145 for Sri Lanka to chase down.

"It's obviously good to know we've now qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament and we're looking forward to facing Australia next in St Lucia," said India captain Jhulan Goswami.

"I was very pleased with how we performed today, I felt Sulakshana Naik and Mithali Raj along with Poonam Raut all had Sri Lanka on the back foot from the start. We need to carry this good form to St Lucia," she said.

Naik smashed five boundaries on her way to making 59 runs and was mainly assisted in her innings by Raj after Poonam Raut departed for 12 after being bowled by Udeshika Prabodhani. Upon arriving in the middle Sri Lanka never quite matched up to India's batting and made a mere 73 in reply losing a total of nine wickets in its allotted 20 overs.

Diana David was by far the pick of the Indian bowlers taking an impressive 4-12 in a haul that included top-order batters Suwini de Alwis, Chamari Polgampola and Sripali Weerakkody.

Brief scores
India Women
144 for 3 (Naik 59, Raj 52*)
Sri Lanka Women 73 for 9 (David 4-12)
Result India Women won by 71 runs
MOM S Naik (India Women)


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