Women's T20 World Cup: Rain Threat Looms Large Over India vs England Semi-Final
With India taking on England in the first Women's T20 World Cup semi-final at Sydney on Thursday, the weather threatens to interrupt proceedings.
Indian women's cricket team won all four matches of the group stage
They will face England in the 1st semi-final of Women's T20 World Cup
Australia will take on South Africa in the other semi-final
The Indian women's cricket team won all four matches of the group stage to finish on the top of the table before the knockout stage of the Women's T20 World Cup in Australia. While a rain threat looms large over India's semi-final match against England, to be played at the iconic SCG on Thursday, a washout will take India into the final as they finished on top in the group stage. According to weather forecast, there are 70 percent chances of rain in Sydney on Thursday.
In the second semi-final, defending champions Australia will take on South Africa at the same venue. After the International Cricket Council (ICC) turned down Cricket Australia's request to have a reserve day for the semifinals, it is certain that India will face South Africa in the final if the matches abandon on Thursday.
According to ICC rule book, a minimum of 10-over-a-side match is a must in all ICC tournaments.
All four semi-finalists will have to make big decisions at toss, keeping in mind the playing conditions, selections and Duckworth-Lewis-Stern factors.
Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts on Wednesday revealed that the ICC declined the request under tournament rules.
"We've asked the question (on a reserve day)," Cricket Australia chief Kevin Roberts was quoted as saying on the radio station 'SEN'.
"It's not part of the playing conditions and we respect that. We're optimistic based on the drainage at the SCG combined with a weather forecast that is not perfect but not terrible either," he added.
On Tuesday, the matches between South Africa and the West Indies, and Pakistan and Thailand were abandoned due to rain.