India reached a maiden women’s Twenty20 World Cup final Thursday after their final 4 conflict against England was washed out, sparking requires the International Cricket Council to embody reserve days in future occasions.
Harmanpreet Kaur’s unbeaten facet have been due to face the 2009 champions on the Sydney Cricket Ground, however the rain started pouring early within the day with barely any let-up.
With a minimal 10 overs per facet wanted for a end result and no break within the climate, the umpires known as it off with no ball being bowled.
Normally, 5 overs per facet are wanted to represent a Twenty20 match, however the guidelines are completely different for ICC tournaments.
Four-time champions Australia are scheduled to tackle South Africa later within the second semi-final, with that match additionally below risk.
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With no reserve day, the very best-ranked groups from the 2 teams transfer into the final if play just isn’t potential
That would pit India against South Africa on the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, the place organisers are hoping to appeal to 90,000 plus followers, denying Australia an opportunity to defend their crown.
– ‘Sad’ for event –
A reserve day is allowed for the final and the shortage of 1 for the semis has been criticised by some gamers, with England captain Heather Knight amongst these calling for change.
“If both semi-finals are lost it would be a sad time for the tournament,” she instructed reporters forward of the match. “It’s obviously going to be a shame if it does happen and I’m sure there will be a lot of pressure on the ICC to change that.”
Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts mentioned he sought clarification from the ICC about including a reserve day with the Sydney climate trying ominous, however the request was denied.
“We’ve asked the question and it’s not part of the playing conditions and we respect that,” he instructed Melbourne’s SEN radio.
“It gives you cause to reflect and think about how you might improve things in the future, but going into a tournament with a given set of playing conditions and rules, I don’t think it’s time to tinker with the rules.”
It just isn’t the best way India would have needed to make the final, however they’re deserving of being there having gone via the group section as the one unbeaten staff.
After opening their marketing campaign by upsetting Australia, they beat Bangladesh, New Zealand after which Sri Lanka.
While the complete staff performed properly, teenage batting prodigy Shafali Verma excelled, which noticed her elevated to the highest of the ICC T20 batting rankings this week aged simply 16.
She is barely the second Indian after Mithali Raj to attain primary, pushing New Zealand veteran Suzie Bates down to second.
Ranked 4 on this planet, India had made three semi-finals earlier than this yr and misplaced each time, together with against England on the final World Cup.