SYDNEY: As it turns out to be, India's women cricket team has made it to the finals of Women's T20 World Cup for the very first time. However, they did not even have to defeat the English team as rain played the spoilsport and washed out the match.
Without a single ball bowled, the match was called off by the umpire and thus, the decision was made according to the rules of ICC tournaments which states that with no reserve day, the highest-ranked teams from the two groups move to the finals if the match is impossible.
As India topped the rankings, they will now face Australia on the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 8th March. However, team India would not have been satisfied with the results as they got the chance so easily. But, they did deserve to be in finals as they have remained the only unbeaten side who went through the group phase.
After getting ousted from this major tournament, England's captain Heather Knight said. "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. Did feel like we had started to gain momentum in recent games and we were really ready for this semi-final."
Her counterpart and India's captain Harmanpreet Kaur was disappointed too and asked for a reserve day in the future. She said, "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."
Previously, India has made it to the semi-finals three times before this year but always ended up being on the losing side.
We wish team India all the very best for the grand finale.