India enters maiden Final of T20 World Cup, England forced out due to rain

India became the first team to move to the finals of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup after the match was abandoned against England earlier today.

 

First #T20WorldCup semi-final officially called off.
First #T20WorldCup semi-final officially called off. Pic Credits: Laura Jolly/Twitter

 

It is for the first time in the history of the tournament that India reached finals. Due to heavy rain and match being called off, India automatically got qualified for finals.

It had been raining since Thursday morning and no signs of slowing down. The match was supposed to start at 3 pm local time (9.30 AM IST) but wet weather forced a delay at the toss and later the match was abandoned.

According to the rules, 10 overs per side is needed in a match at knockout stages.

Unlike the 2019 men’s 50 over World Cup in England last year, the International Cricket Council did not schedule reserve days for the semi-finals in Women’s T20 World Cup. However, there is a reserve day in place for the final if rain interrupts the game on 8th March 2020.

The Women in Blue have moved to the finals this year for the first time because of their higher standing at the end of the group stages. India finished on top of Group A after winning all their 4 matches while England was at No.2.

Team India has been beaten at the semi-final stage three times in 2009, 2010 and 2018.

In India’s opening match, Harmanpreet’s side baffled the crowd as they won against host and defending champions Australia.

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A comfortable win over Bangladesh followed by another victory over New Zealand.

India ended up winning over Sri Lanka at Junction Oval, by seven wickets to secure top spot in Group B.

England’s opening match defeat over South Africa seemed to cost them heavy as they ended up second in the charts. They played brilliantly against Thailand, Pakistan and West Indies, winning all 3 matches.

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