Sydney : India qualified for their maiden final at the Women’s T20 World Cup on Thursday after their semi final against England got washed out without a ball being bowled at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India made it through after entering the knockouts as the Group A toppers with four wins out of four games. England on the other hand, had a better net run-rate than India but the loss against South Africa in their opening game proved to be the decisive factor as they crashed out after having won three out of the four games in the group stage.
“Frustrating, didn’t want the World Cup to end this way but not much you can do about this. Would have been good to have a reserve day perhaps. That loss to South Africa cost us. Not really, we expected to reach the semi-finals and that we did. Undone by the weather,” England captain Heather Knight said after the game was called off.
India had defeated Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the group stage thanks to some excellent individual performances from opener Shafali Verma, and spinners Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Radha Yadav and Deepti Sharma.
They will now face the winners of the second semi-final between South Africa and Australia, which will be played at the same venue from 13.30 PM IST.
But rain is forecast throughout the day in Sydney where the second semi-final between South Africa and Australia is to be played from 7 pm local time.