We have got our first finalists, thanks to this washout. But my fingers are intertwined, as I have had them crossed for some time now. I shall continue to do so as we hope to have at least some action in the second semi-final, where South Africa face the hosts Australia. You don't want the hosts to be knocked out of the party they threw without playing the clash, do you? You can join us for the build-up and coverage of that match here. This is S. Sudarshanan and I shall join you there! Thanks for joining us. Ciao!
Heather Knight, ENG: Obviously really frustrating. Not how we wanted the World Cup to finish for us. That loss against South Africa in the first game cost us. Our aim is to get to the semis which we did. But not to be with the weather. Very frustrating. It felt like we really gained a bit of momentum and were pumped up for this game. Spinners have been outstanding. Sarah Glenn has been a real find for us. For Mady to come in and do well has been outstanding. Try to win the first game, not starting too well has cost us this time. Our batting has been okay but there are some areas to improve there. Nat's been outstanding, very pleased for her. Moving her and myself to 3 & 4 has been positive for us.
Harmanpreet Kaur, IND: I think it's unfortunate that we didn't get a game because of the weather. To have a reserve day in the future will be a good idea. From day 1 we knew we had to win all the games, with rain on the day of semis. Credit to the team. Everybody is looking in great touch. Shafali, Smriti have been giving us good starts. Hard to comeback in T20s so that is good. Smriti and me are trying to spend more time in the nets to get a good hit. Unfortunately we didn't get a big innings yet. It's a team game, everybody should be there for it and that's working for us. It means a lot as it's our first final. As a team we want to go out and play our best cricket. We will be in good position if we do that. Both South Africa and Australia are good, we need to play positively and not think about other sides.
It's official, folks! The persistent rain has meant that the game has been called off. India make it to their maiden T20 World Cup final. End of road for England. Sad way to go out that. But it is what it is.
It's still pouring down in Sydney. The faces of English players tell a story - grim ones. India won't be bothered.
But we have you covered. Here are some of the stories you can read while we wait for the rain to subside...
Not the best of news. It is raining heavily in Sydney. But here are the timings that should keep us interested - to complete a 10 overs-a-side contest, which is a must, the toss should take place latest by 11:06 am IST, with play starting at 11:21 am IST. Fingers crossed...
Btw. It’s absolutely hammering down. Can’t see how this first game can go ahead. Maybe the second one. But we keep our fingers crossed.— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) March 5, 2020
Hello and a warm welcome to this exciting day... It's India versus England in the first semi-final of the T20 World Cup 2020. Well, the news from Sydney isn't a promising one but the welcome and the greetings can be so. Our guy at the venue, Yash Lahoti, tells us that it's "raining cats and dogs". That can only mean one thing, for now. A big delay. Sadly, that's how the weather is expected to be - rains galore. The forecast wasn't great but there is hope that it could clear up as the day progresses and there were murmurs that South Africa and Australia could get some time on the field but that's for later.
Talking about this game, England have the upper-hand over India in not just T20 World Cups but even in Women's Cricket World Cups. The last two times the teams clashed, England inflicted heart-breaking defeats on India - first in 2017 and then in 2018. Given that both teams have played each other a fair bit, they must be familiar with each other. What does this game have in it for us, though?
Downpour is the answer for now. Nasser Hussain on air says that the Sydney Cricket Ground is a great drying ground. Nothing testifies this line more than the fact that the Big Bash League final a couple of weeks ago was held despite there being rain for three-four days before that. That gives us hope. But first, the rain needs to subside. Remember, India progress to the final in case of a washout. This is S. Sudarshanan and I shall get you all the updates from the game. Do stay with us!