After incessant rains washed out the semi-final clash between India and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Thursday, India has stormed its way into their maiden ICC Women's T20 World Cup final. In the finals – which coincidentally falls on the International Women’s Day, on Sunday – India will face off with the winner of the second semi-final, Australia.
In a weather-affected match played at SCG on Thursday, Australia beat South Africa by five runs, advancing to the final of the T20 World Cup, where it will play India.
“As an Indian I am absolutely thrilled India has made it to the finals,” Former Indian captain, Mithali Raj shared via Twitter. “But as a cricketer I feel for the English girls. I’d never want to find myself or my team in that situation. But the rules are such and it is what it is. Congratulations girls. This is big.”
As an indian I am absolutely thrilled india has made it to the finals . But as a cricketer I feel for the English girls . I’d never want to find myself or my team in that situation. But the rules are such and it is what it is. Congratulations girls.This is big. #INDvENG #T20WC— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 5, 2020
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian women’s cricket team made it to the final because of an unbeaten run in the group stage. With four victories, India emerged on top in Group A, while England landed at No. 2. The decision, propelling India into the maiden final was taken after ICC denied the request made by Cricket Australia for a reserve day for the semi-finals.
“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 disrupted by bad weather.
Her thoughts were echoed by India captain Harmanpreet as well, who too agreed that reserve day would be a good addition.
“It is unfortunate not to get a game due to the weather. But that’s how the rules go. In future, it would be nice to have a reserve day. From day one, we knew that we have to win all the games because if in case we don’t get any play in the semi-finals, it will be hard for us. Credit to the team, we wanted to win all the games and we did it,” Harmanpreet added.
(Edited by Athira Nair)