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ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010

Dilani Manodara & Sulakshana Naik

Sulakshana Naik showcases India's power at the top of the order by hitting 59 off 54 balls in a comprehensive victory

India women completed the semi-final line-up for the ICC World Twenty20 after thumping Sri Lanka by 71 runs in St Kitts.

Both sides went into the Group B game knowing victory would secure a place in the last four, but there was little doubt over the outcome almost from the moment India won the toss and chose to bat first.

Opener Sulakshana Naik hit 59 off 54 balls and Mithali Raj an unbeaten 52 off just 39 - they shared a second-wicket stand worth 86 - in a total of 144 for three.

Sri Lanka never came close to threatening a challenging target, slipping to 19 for six in the face of a marvellous spell from off-spinner Diana David, who took 4-12.

Sri Lanka laboured to 73 for nine, with Deepika Rasangika’s unbeaten 31 a beacon in an otherwise sorry batting display. Eshani Kaushalya, with 10, was the next highest scorer.

New Zealand confirmed top spot in the group with a comprehensive six-wicket victory over Pakistan in another one-sided encounter at the same venue earlier in the day.

Nicola Browne claimed 4-15 to help limit Pakistan, who exit the competition without a win in three games, to 65 for nine, a total New Zealand overhauled in just 8.2 overs.

Australia, Group A winners, meet India in the first semi-final on Thursday, while New Zealand face hosts West Indies the following day. Both matches will take place in St Lucia.

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