Basseterra: New Zealand scored a convincing 47-run victory over Sri Lanka in a Group B match to qualify for the semi-finals of the Women`s World Twenty20 at Warner Park here.
Opting to bat, Suzie Bates scored an aggressive 43-ball 50 and shared a 54-run opening stand with Aimee Watkins (20) to guide New Zealand to a challenging 154 for seven.
Sri Lanka, in reply, started brightly, adding 32 runs inside the first five overs, but lost their way in the middle to finish well behind the target on 107 for eight and hand New Zealand its second consecutive win in the tournament.
New Zealand innings revolved around opener Bates`s who struck six boundaries and was involved in the 48-ball opening partnership with Watkins that laid the foundation for the total.
Sara McGlashan scored a quickfire 23-ball 31 while Nicola Browne (20) and Liz Perry (19) chipped in with useful contribution to help New Zealand`s cause.
Sri Lankan captain Chamani Seneviratne sparkled with the ball with figures of four for 21, which included three wickets in the last four balls of the innings.
Chasing 155 for victory, Sri Lanka failed to capitalize on the positive start and lost wickets at regular intervals to fell way short of the New Zealand score.
Suwini de Alwis (26) top-scored for the Lankans while Chamari Atapattu (21) made useful contribution at the top.
Erin Bermingham (2/15) and Sophie Devine (2/18) scalped two wickets each for the Kiwis.
New Zealand had earlier defeated India by 10 runs in their first group match.
Sri Lanka and India now lock horns in a must-win group match tomorrow in their quest to join Australia, the West Indies and New Zealand in the semi-finals of the event to be staged alongside the men`s tournament.
New Zealand: 154-7 in 20 overs (Suzie Bates 50, Sara McGlashan 31; Chamani Seneviratna 4-21)
Sri Lanka: 107-8 in 20 overs (Suwini de Alwis 26, Chamari Atapattu 21; Erin Bermingham 2-15, Sophie Devine 2-18).