India and England were all set to lock horns in the much-awaited sem-finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, each team with the sole intention to see to the finals. The group stage matches saw, a dominant Indian team, taking on their opponents and progressing, eventually securing the top spot on the Group A table with 8 points.
On the other hand, England women also gave commendable performances to qualify for the semi-finals with a single loss in the opening game. Their hard work and tough fight can be studied well from the stats, with Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight leading the batting attacks and Anya Shrubsole and Sophie Ecclestone providing sufficient backing with their spells.
However, both teams were scheduled to clash on 5th March 2020 to advance for the final on 8th March. Rain played a spoilsport, as the match was forced to be abandoned without a ball being bowled.
As there was reserve day given by ICC, the rules in case of a match being abandoned would be decided on the basis of group stage table points. With rainclouds looming over Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) stadium, and incessant rain not letting the game commence, ICC declared a delay at first.
The stipulated cut-off time was fixed at 4:51 pm (11:21 AM IST) with the aim of playing a 10 over match. But that too was called off after heavy shower kept obstructing the game.
Going by the rules, India was cleary 2 points ahead of England in their Group Stage, by virtue of winning all of their four matches and topping the Group A table with 8 points.
But things were gloomier for England, and they had to pay the price of their initial loss of the tournament by exiting out of the game due to their inferior group stage record. England finished their group stage matches at the second position of Group B, with 6 points, just below South Africa with 7 points, topping Group B.
This provided India the ticket to reach their first-ever ICC Women’s World Cup final, with their group stage paying off at a time when required. The other semi-final showdown between South Africa and Australia have been scheduled for 5th March 1:30 pm IST. The winner of the second semi-final will face India in the final of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Sunday, 8th March at 12:30 pm IST in Melbourne, Australia.