Calcutta: West Indies and two-time finalist New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s World T20, after each recorded victories on the final day of Group B matches in Galle on Sunday.
A strong all-round performance by Stafanie Taylor cemented a West Indies victory over South Africa by 10 wickets, while New Zealand defeated host Sri Lanka by eight wickets, with 26 balls remaining. After the final Group B matches, West Indies have finished on top of the table with New Zealand second.
Their opponents in the semi-finals in Colombo will be confirmed after Monday’s match between defending champion Australia and former winner England.
In contrast, South Africa and Sri Lanka will play in the play-offs in Colombo on Wednesday 3 October and their opponents will also be known after India-Pakistan match.
While the four semi-finalists have confirmed their places in the Women’s World T20 Bangladesh 2014, the winners of the two play-offs will also go through to the next edition of the World T20.
Sri Lanka 89 in 17.4 ovs (S. Ruck 2/23). New Zealand 90/2 in 15.4 ovs (A. Satterthwaite 32 ..); New Zealand won by 8 wkts.
South Africa 70/8 in 20 ovs (D. van Niekerk 29; S.Taylor 3/10).West Indies 71/0 in 9.4 ovs (S. Taylor 33); West Indies won by 10 wkts.