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England Women reach semis

England qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 after cruising to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka.

Charlotte Edwards' side knew that a defeat in Sylhet would likely end their hopes of reaching the last four and rose to the occasion to secure a vital victory.

Anya Shrubsole returned incredible figures of 3-9 from four overs as Sri Lanka managed to post just 85-9 after winning the toss and choosing to bat.

England reached the modest target with four overs to spare as opener Sarah Taylor (36) got the chase off to a good start before Heather Knight (21) helped complete the job.

Shrubsole started to assert her influence on the game in the very first over as she trapped Chamari Atapattu lbw for a duck with the second ball of the match.

She then removed Deepika Rasangika for just five, while Rebecca Grundy and Jenny Gunn also chipped in with wickets to leave Sri Lanka reeling on 30-5 in the 10th over.

Sri Lanka skipper Shashikala Siriwardene helped her side avoid total embarrassment with an unbeaten knock of 38 but it was clear that the meagre total would be almost impossible to defend.

And any slim hopes Sri Lanka still harboured were ended when Taylor cut loose with four boundaries at the start of the England innings.

After Taylor was stumped Knight kept things ticking over until she was removed by Siriwardene with just one run required for victory.