By virtue of their superior group-stage record, India have qualified for their maiden Women's T20 World Cup final after their semi-final against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground got washed out on Thursday (March 5).
Heavy rain was predicted prior to the match and that's exactly what happened. India came into the semi-finals after winning all their Group A games, while England lost a match to South Africa in the group-stage and that's what cost them.
Persistent rain since the morning delayed the toss and eventually, the semi-final was called off without a ball being bowled, taking the Indians into the summit clash and leaving the English players in tears.
"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," said Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.
"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. 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."
Meanwhile, England 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."
If the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa is also washed out, the Dane van Niekerk-led side will make it to the final on the basis of their superior showing in the group stages.