White Ferns beat Sri Lanka at World Twenty20

Last updated 08:22 03/04/2014
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The White Ferns have finished their disappointing World Twenty20 campaign with a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Bangladesh this morning.

They come away from the tournament with at least some spoils with the win guaranteeing them automatic entry to the next tournament.

Sri Lanka made its biggest total of the tournament, with Yashoda Mendis (45) and Chamari Atapattu (46) seeing their side to 131-7 off 20 overs in the qualification playoff for the 2016 World T20.

But the White Ferns, led by skipper Suzie Bates' 45 and Rachel Priest's unbeaten 42, got home comfortably and won by six wickets with an over to spare.

They end the tournament with a three-win, one loss record but that upset loss, in their final pool match against South Africa, was enough to knock them out of semifinal contention with Australia and South Africa boasting superior run-rates and progressing to play for the major spoils.

Ferns coach Warren Lees, who is on a short-term contract after the surprise mid-season resignation of Katrina Keenan, has indicated he would like to extend his time with the team.

Sri Lanka 131-7 (Yashoda Mendis 45, Chamari Atapattu 46; Nicola Browne 2-16) lost to New Zealand 135-4 (Suzie Bates 45, Rachel Priest 42 not out) by 6 wickets.

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