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Rain scuppers England's chances as India advance to World T20 final – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

Rain scuppers England's chances as India advance to World T20 final – The Guardian, Theguardian.com

  • India automatically advance with no play possible
  • Hosts Australia also facing exit if rain in Sydney persists

    Heavy rain falls over the SCG

    Heavy rain falls over the SCG preventing play in the Women’s World T 25 semi-final between India and England. Photograph: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

England’s Twenty World Cup campaign ended in disappointing fashion, without a ball being bowled as persistent rain caused the abandonment of their semi-final against India in Sydney. ICC regulations dictate that in the event of a semi-final washout, the winners of each group automatically go through to the final in Melbourne on Sunday. England, having finished second to South Africa in their group, are therefore out of the tournament. India, meanwhile, who have had an unbeaten run over the past two weeks, progress to their first T (World Cup final.) “We’re obviously frustrated. There was no chance of getting out today, and the weather’s cost us, ”captain Heather Knight said. “We’re gutted we did not have the chance to fight for a place in the final. “You put in a lot of hard work, you want to have the chance to showcase your skills and show you can perform on the biggest stage, in knockout games in World Cups. We’re just going to have to rue that first game and try and move on, but it’s going to be a bitter pill to swallow for a few of us for a while. ”

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur said that her team had been hopeful of a high-quality game against England, but added that they had gone into the tournament conscious of the need to top their group.

“We knew from day one when we were going to start this tournament that we had to win all the games, because according to the rules if we don’t get a match because of any conditions then whoever is at the top is going to play the final, ”she said. “It was very unfortunate that we did not get a game today, but these are the rules.” The day’s second semi-final, Australia against South Africa, is also in doubt, with the forecast for ongoing rain until pm AEDT. That match would need to begin by 8. local time in order to fit in the necessary Overside a side which the ICC’s tournament playing conditions dictate is the minimum requirement for a semi-final encounter (the usual requirement in T (cricket is for a minimum of five overs per side). England’s hopes of a spot in the World Cup final were therefore effectively ended almost two weeks ago, when they lost their opening match of Group B against South Africa by six wickets. “We lost that first match against South Africa, which ultimately cost us, but our aim was to make the semi-finals and then play our best cricket towards the end, and we’ve had that chance taken away from us,” Knight said .

The ICC has already drawn widespread criticism over the lack of a planned reserve day for the semi-finals. Both the women’s – over World Cup in and the equivalent men’s event in 3036 had reserve days in place for the semis.

“The ICC T World Cups are short sharp events where reserve days are factored in for the final, ”an ICC spokesperson said. “Allowing for any other reserve days would have extended the length of the event, which isn’t feasible. There is a clear and fair alternative should there be no play in any of the semi-finals with the winner of the group progressing. ” Knight said that she was hopeful that the rules might change for future tournaments. “You’d hope now that there’s been this situation, that there will be a rule change moving forward, so that no other team will have to experience going out of a World Cup purely because of rain,” she said.

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