The start of the first semi-final in the ICC Women's World T20 between India and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground has been delayed due to heavy rain. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Harmanpreet Kaur's India women's cricket team are on the cusp of history, having won all their league games to enter the semi-final of the ICC Women's World T20 for the third time. They defeated defending champions Australia, won a tight contest against Bangladesh and held their nerve in a pulsating encounter against New Zealand while they dominated the Sri Lankans. India will now take on England in a repeat of their 2018 ICC Women's World T20 semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground while the second semi-final will see South Africa take on four-time champions Australia. However, India could create history and reach the final of the ICC Women's World T20 even before a ball is bowled against England. The reason - rain.
The game has been called off. Harmanpreet Kaur's India have created history as they reach the final of the ICC Women's World T20 for the first time. Tough luck for England as their loss to South Africa in Perth proves to be vital. 1992 World Cup semi-final but with a twist.
It is drizzling at the moment at the Sydney Cricket Ground but it is a steady drizzle. The toss has to take place in 25 minutes but they are frankly facing a race against time for this game. Maybe, the next game might get lucky.
It is still pelting down at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It does not look good at all for England. For India, they will not mind.
No new update, I am afraid. It is still raining at the Sydney Cricket Ground. We are only one hour away from the toss taking place. For the inspection and the ground staff to begin the mopping up operations, the rain has to stop in the next 15-20 minutes but it does not look likely. A decision might be taken before 11:00 AM itself.
One can argue about the logistics of why no reserve day for the semi-finals. This is yet again a case of gender discrimination. The men's semi-final had a reserve day for the semis looking at the conditions in England. The India vs New Zealand clash went into the reserve day. Why not for the women? In this case, speaking about the logistics of not having a reserve day are weakened.
If both India vs England and Australia vs South Africa clash is abandoned, then we will see a new team in the final for the first time in the history of ICC Women's World T20 apart from England and Australia. India and potentially South Africa could script a historic chance on Sunday at the MCG, where luckily the weather is excellent on that day.
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This current photo sums up the mood of the England cricket team. They know that they are on their way out if the rain continues in this manner. They have only themselves to blame for failing to get over the line against South Africa in Perth which they lost in the last over.
Once the rain stops, the umpires can think about an inspection. The Sydney Cricket Ground drainage has been a bit sloppy in the last couple of years but it has managed to pull through during the 2020 Men's Big Bash League.
It is not like pockets of Sydney are witnessing rain. The whole city has been enveloped by the rain and it does not look like easing up for at least the next two to three hours. There is a chance, slim chance that the South Africa vs Australia clash might see some action.
☔ India v England weather update
To complete a 10 over a side match, the toss must be held by 4.36pm local time, and play must commence by 4.51pm local time.
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There is no reserve day in the semi-final while the final has a reserve day. Since India topped the group, they will advance due to this technicality. Remember, unlike the men's cricket scenario, the minimum overs needed to constitute a women's cricket match in a T20I is 10 overs.
According to the latest situation, the official cut off time for the first game is 4.51pm Sydney time. The latest the toss can happen is 15 minutes prior to that at 4.36pm, which means by 11:05 AM IST, the toss must take place and cut-off time is 11:21 AM IST
Why will India go into the final if the game is washed out? They topped the group and since there are no reserve days, India will enter the final for the first time in Melbourne.
The latest update from the Sydney Cricket Ground is that the rain is pretty heavy at the moment. The toss will definitely not take place on time. The bad news is that it has been raining throughout the morning and afternoon period.
A warm welcome to the Sydney Cricket Ground for the first semi-final between India and England. It is a repeat of the 2018 World T20 semi-final but this time with a twist. This time, India could reach the final of the World T20 for the first time. Why? Because of rain. Sydney has a 90 percent chance of rain and upto 20mm of rain is forecast for today. Not looking good.