India moves to the final
India moves to final of the ICC Women T20 World Cup 2020 as rain plays the spoilsport. India and England were to fight it out for the place in the final. The forecast for the semifinal at the Sydney Cricket Ground was bad and the rain god didn’t relent. As India finished higher on the table, they qualified for the finals. The English team will return home disappointed without playing the semi-final.
The Indian team has played really well till now and will be looking to keep their form intact going into the finals. They won all their league matches in spite of their top two players Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana not firing at their best. The rising star Shafali Verma gave them the start they needed in every game while in bowling department Poonam Yadav was hard to tackle for the opposition.
India’s Road to Finals: First Match
India defeated home team Australia in their first game by 17 runs as they scored 132/4 batting first. Deepti Sharma was the top scorer for India with a score of 46 runs. Poonam Yadav and Shikha Pandey then shared 7 wickets between them as Australia fell short by 17 runs.
India’s Road to Finals: Second Match
In their second match against Bangladesh, they batted first again as Bangladesh opted to bowl first. India scored 142/6. Shafali Verma tore into Bangla bowlers scoring 39 off just 17 balls. In reply, Bangladesh could score 124/8 only and lost the match by 18 runs.
India’s Road to Finals: Third Match
India played their third league match against New Zealand. India scored 133/8 from 20 overs as opener Shafali Verma was the top scorer with 46 runs from 34 balls. India had New Zealand 34/3; however, Kiwi’s middle-order showed great character as they needed 16 runs from the last over. New Zealand could only manage 13 runs as they lost the match by 3 runs.
India’s Road to Finals: Fourth Match
India won their fourth match against Sri Lanka easily by 7 wickets. Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first. India restricted Sri Lanka to 113/9 as Radha Yadav took 4 wickets. India chased down the score in 14.4 wickets as Shafali Verma scored 47 off 34 balls.
Indian Captain Reaction:
Indian Women Cricket Team Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur: 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 semifinals, it will be hard for us. Credit to the team, we wanted to win all the games and we did it. Everybody is looking in great touch. Shafali and Smriti are giving us good starts, hoping they do it in the final too. Getting a good start is crucial because T20 is a short format and it’s tough to come back once under pressure. We’re looking positive in the nets, and looking to give our best. Unfortunately, both of us couldn’t produce the results but it’s good to see others stepping up. It means a lot for us because it’s our first final. As a team, we just want to go out there and play our best cricket. I feel that if we can play our best cricket, we will have a strong chance. We aren’t thinking about whom we want to face and just focusing on our game.
England Captain Reaction:
England Women Cricket Team Skipper Heather Knight: 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 semifinal. Yes, Sarah Glenn and Sophie have been great. So has been Mady. Not starting a tournament great has been a concern, so perhaps we can work on that.
Final Match Schedule
India will now play T20 World Cup final against the winner of the second semi-final between South Africa and home team Australia. Final will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on 8th March, Sunday. Live telecast will be available from 12:30 PM on Star network. Live streaming will be available on Hotstar.
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