28 March, Bengaluru
Sri Lanka ended the league phase in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 with a 10-run win over South Africa in Bengaluru on Monday that enabled the Islanders to finish third in Group A.
Sri Lanka, which managed just 114 for seven after electing to bat, fought back to restrict the favoured South Africans for 104 at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
New Zealand and Australia took the two semi-final spots from the group, while England and the West Indies moved into the knock-out rounds from Group B.
Three-time defending champion Australia will face England in a repeat of the 2014 final in the first semi-final at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground in New Delhi on Wednesday.
New Zealand will take on the West Indies in the other semi-final at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
The final will be played ahead of the men’s title clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, 3 April.
Sri Lanka’s captain Chamari Atapattu led from the front with 52, but none of the other team-mates managed to cross 20 as Marizanne Kapp and Sune Luus picked up two wickets each.
South Africa’s openers Dane van Niekerk and Trisha Chetty replied with 50 for no loss by the ninth over before the rest of the batting collapsed against the steady Sri Lankan bowling.
Atapattu had a hand in two of the first three dismissals which reduced South Africa to 52 for three, running out Van Niekerk for 24 before claiming rival skipper Mignon du Pleez leg-before for no score.
At the other end, Eshani Lokusuriyage trapped Chetty leg-before for 26 to open up the middle order.
Sugandika Kumari claimed two for 24 and Udeshika Prabodhani took two for 13 as the rest of the batting floundered to hand the Sri Lankan women their second win in four league matches.