England v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Group B, Sylhet

All-round England Women cruise to semis

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 30, 2014

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England Women 86 for 3 beat Sri Lanka Women 85 for 9 (Shurbsole 3-9) by seven wickets
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Harmanpreet Kaur launches one on her way to 77, England v Sri Lanka, Women's World T20, Group B, Sylhet, March 30, 2014
Anya Shrubsole rocked Sri Lanka with figures of 3 for 9 © ICC
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England Women breezed to a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka Women, to seal their place in the final four of the Women's World Twenty20. England were dominant with both bat and ball, but a big chunk of the credit would go to their new-ball bowler, Anya Shrubsole, who struck second ball of the match to set the pace and went on to claim 3 for 9 in her four overs.

Shrubsole was well supported by fellow medium-pacers Rebecca Grundy and Jenny Gunn, who picked up two wickets apiece and also went at less than a run a ball.

That Sri Lanka even crossed 50 was down to one player: captain Shashikala Siriwardene, who with 38 was the sole batsman to get into double-digits. They finished with a paltry 85 for 9, and that never going to remotely test England after their openers put on 51. Charlotte Edwards fell for 17 and Sarah Taylor, for 36 - both to Siriwardene - but they had done their job. England eased home and into the semi-finals with four overs to spare.

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Posted by Herath-UK on (March 30, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

What a good player Sashikala is & her solo contribution & all round performance to women's cricket should be appreciated by the SLC. Probably it is time to introduce some new young blood to the team.

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