Women’s T20 World Cup: Match Called Off, India Enter Maiden Final
Live updates from the India vs England women’s World Cup semi-final.
India Enter Final
Too much rain and there clearly isn't any chance of a match today as the umpires call off the game even before the cut-off time.
India enter their maiden Women’s T20 World Cup final.
"Really frustrating. Not how we wanted the World Cup to finish for us. No reserve day, no chance of getting play, and ultimately that loss against South Africa cost us," England captain Heather Knight said after the game was abandoned.
"Unfortunate we didn't get a game, but there are rules and we have to follow it. Having reserve days in the future will be a great idea," said Kaur.
Rain Not Releting
It’s dark out at the SCG and the rain is lashing down even heavier. Looks quite unlikely we’ll get either game today.
So here’s what needs to happen for us to get a result today:
- The toss needs to take place latest by 11:06am IST.
- Play must start latest by 10:21am IST.
- There needs to be at least 10 overs a side played
And if Sydney can’t pull off any of the above, India cruise into Sunday’s final.
Also, there’s a second semi-final slated to take place at the very same venue later in the day with South Africa playing hosts Australia. If that game too is washed out then the Proteas advance to the final since they topped their group.
The ICC had denied the organisers’ requests for a reserve day for the semis.
Heavy Rains, Toss Delayed
As was forecast, there’s heavy rains on in Sydney with the pitch all covered and the stands all empty.
Toss, of course, has been delayed.
Not the way India would like to enter their first-ever T20 World Cup final but if it does continue to pour like this, then they are the team that go through, having qualified for the quarters with four victories in four group stage matches.
India topped Group A with victories in all their league stage matches.
They began with a win over defending champions Australia and since then have gathered strength with every match, beating Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to finish with eight points from four matches.
The Indians will also take confidence from the win against England in the tri-series in Australia ahead of this World Cup.
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