April 5, 2020 | 8:33 PM IST
t20 worldcup

In a first, Indian women cricketers reach T20 WC finals

For the first time, the India women’s cricket team made it to the Women's T20 World Cup finals on Thursday. The team qualified for the finals after rain washed out the first semi-final between India and England at Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia.
The second semi-final is also scheduled to be held today itself between South Africa and Australia. In case there happens to be another washout, as is predicted by the weather department, South Africa will be an obvious qualifier to the finals. Women’s T-20 World Cup finals will be held on March 8 (Sunday) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
India was a natural winner on the virtue of most wins in Group A with four wins out of four games. India played against Australia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand in the group stage and won all matches with excellent performances from opener Shafali Verma, and spinners Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Radha Yadav, and Deepti Sharma.

England captain, Heather Knight expressing her disgust over not being able to play the match said, “Frustrating, didn't want the World Cup to end this way but not much you can do about this. It 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.”
England qualified for the semi-finals after finishing second in Group B with three wins and a loss. Batting was seen to be their strength throughout the match series.

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