Colombo: In a mouth-watering rematch, Group A winner and 2009 champion England will play two-time runner-up New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday. The two teams met in the final of the first ICC Women's World Twenty20 in 2009 at Lord's, where England beat New Zealand by six wickets.
In Group A, England defeated Pakistan in its opening match by 43 runs, then India by nine wickets, and, in a big hitting final match of the group stage, successfully chased down Australia's total of 144 to win by seven wickets, with 11 balls remaining.
New Zealand finished second after losing its opening match to group-winner West Indies by seven wickets. The side bounced back to beat South Africa by 22 runs and then Sri Lanka by eight wickets.