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Giant-killers SL look to clip Kiwi wings in World Cup

After knocking out hosts India with a stunning win, giant-killers Sri Lanka will lock horns with former champions New Zealand here tomorrow after the two teams made the Super Six stage by finishing second in their respective groups of the Women’s cricket World Cup.

Super Six is the next stage of the eight-team event, where six teams from the preliminary round -- three each from Group A and Group B -- play a game each against the other group qualifiers to spot the finalists.

Teams will carry the points earned against Super Six qualifiers from the same group into the second stage. Sri Lanka, who started as underdogs, have proved their detractors wrong, after they stunned defending champions England in a last-ball one-wicket win and routed out hosts India by 138 runs. Starting as minnows, the last edition’s wooden spoon holders would try to upset the plans of the last World Cup runners up at the BKC ground.

Against India, in the do or die encounter, Sri Lanka’s batting fired in unison as they posted a competitive 282 for five. The Lankans would expect a similar performance against the White Ferns, with four of their top five batters notching up their half centuries. Promoted to number three, Deepika Rasangika led the way with a knock of 84 while Kaushalya Lokusooriya struck out an unbeaten 31-ball 56 to propel the side against India.
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