Indian women’s team reached the finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup on Thursday. They were scheduled to face England Women in the first Semi-final on Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). But constant rain meant the match had to be called off without a ball being bowled. By virtue of finishing at the top of the table in the Group stage, India qualified for the finals.
India failed at the same stage of the last edition of the T20 World Cup against the same opponents. But this time around they had luck in their favor. The last edition’s finalists will surely be disappointed by the result and the rules. As there was no reserve day, the rules were clear that the team which finished higher in the table would automatically be declared the winners and so India made the finals.
After the result was announced, former India captain Mithali Raj took to Twitter to show her joy. The 37-year-old was expectedly thrilled by the prospect of her team making it to the finals of the coveted tournament, but also expressed her sympathy towards the English women for finding themselves in such a situation. She asserted that as a Cricketer she would never want to be in this situation.
The legend wrote, “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.”
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 Indian Women’s team has the chance to lift their first-ever T20 World Cup crown by defeating a team they already had beaten in the opening game of the tournament. They beat Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka and are unbeaten so far. Whereas, the Aussies beat South Africa in the semis to reach the finals and have only suffered defeat against India.
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur is in front of a bit of history herself. She will be the first Indian Captain to lead her side in a World Cup final on her birthday. History will be made if she and teammates manage to beat the defending champions at the MCG on Sunday 8th March. For the Aussies, they would surely be desperate to defend their crown, but they will have to do that without their star player Ellyse Perry, who is out of the tournament through injury.
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