England have finished off the group stage of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in style, producing a seven-wicket win over Australia on Monday in Galle.
Led by an unbeaten 65 from Sarah Taylor off 53 balls, England chased down Australia's initial 5-144, finishing with 3-146 from 18.1 overs.
Both Australia and England had already qualified from Group A to the competition's semi-finals via wins in their initial two group games making this a dead rubber, but the result may still be something of a psychological edge for England heading into the business end of the tournament.
Opener Meg Lanning helped Australia to a fast start as she top scored with 39 off 31 balls.
At 1-60 midway through the eighth over and with Lanning upping the tempo, a massive score looked likely for the Australians.
But when Lanning was caught by Danielle Wyatt off Anya Shrubsole's (2-32) bowling, the run-rate dipped markedly as the Aussies were restricted to just 12 runs in the next three overs.
Australia lifted the tempo once again as Lisa Sthalekar (38 off 28) and Alex Blackwell (27 off 30) picked up the pace but a score of 5-144 was probably somewhat below par considering the good opening to the innings.
England did not enjoy the best of starts to their run chase as opener Laura Marsh (eight) lost her wicket in the second over off Julie Hunter's (1-17) bowling.
But Taylor steadied the ship for England and gradually picked up the run-rate, especially when Wyatt (33 off 17) joined her for a 63-run fourth-wicket stand.
In Monday's other Group A match, they may have been playing for pride, but Pakistan still relished their first win of the tournament as they beat rivals India by one run in a dramatic clash in Galle.
Chasing 99 to win, India appeared to be cruising at 1-44 in the tenth over, before spinner Nida Rashid produced three wickets to give her side some hope.
And ultimately those wickets proved the difference as India finished on 8-97 from their 20 overs, to finish the Women's T20 tournament without a win.
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First Posted 01 October, 2012 12:00AM AEST