India’s unbeaten run in the group stage helped them sail into their maiden Women’s T20 World Cup final after their semi-final clash against England got washed out at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
ICC had denied Cricket Australia’s last-minute request for a reserve day for the semi-finals, eventually meaning if either or both semis were abandoned, the teams that topped the group — India and South Africa — would progress to the final.
India will face the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa in the final scheduled at the MCG on Sunday, which coincides with International Women’s Day.
Harmanpreet Kaur led India had topped Group A with four victories in as many matches. After stunning defending champions Australia in the tournament opener, India didn’t look back and registered comprehensive wins against Bangladesh, New Zealand and Sri Lanka to enter the semi-finals with sky-high confidence.
This is how India’s road to the finals looked like:
February 21- beat Australia: The Women’s T20 World Cup kicked off in a dramatic fashion as India toppled defending champions Australia in a tough clash in front of 13,432 spectators. On a slow pitch in Sydney, Australia asked India to bat first and the Indian women folded for just 132 runs. In the second innings leg-spinner, Poonam Yadav bowled a magical spell in her comeback game to steer India to a comfortable 17-run win over defending champions Australia.