India Women vs England Women: the eliminated semifinal sends India to the inaugural final, England out | Cricket News
Persistent rain from the morning delayed the launch and, finally, the semifinal was suspended without a ball being thrown, leading the Indians to the summit clash and leaving the England players crying.
“Really frustrating. It’s not how we wanted the World Cup to end for us. No reserve day, no chance to play and, ultimately, that loss against South Africa cost us,” said dejected England captain Heather Knight after That the game was abandoned.
His Indian counterpart, Harmanpreet Kaur, also agreed that the semifinals should have had a reserve day, a request made by Cricket Australia but rejected by the ICC.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get a game, but there are rules and we have to follow it. Having a reservation of days in the future will be a great idea,” Kaur said.
Knight said his team paid the price for not starting the tournament well.
“Everything is very English, isn’t it? Speaking of the weather and getting knocked out. We feel we have gained some momentum in the last games and cheered for the semifinals.”
“I guess the lessons are to win the first game (laughs). It has become a trend, not starting well in tournaments, and that has cost us.”
India beat Group A with four wins in the same number of games, while England finished second in Group B with three wins and one loss.
“From day one, we have to win all the games because in case the semifinals don’t happen, that would be difficult for us. In that sense, we thank the team for winning all the games,” Kaur said.
“Everyone looks great: Shafali (Verma) and Smriti (Mandhana). They are giving us good beginnings, and that helps. Smriti and I are trying to spend more time on the networks,” he added, reflecting on her and Mandhana. So far indifferent way.
“We look more positive now. Unfortunately we haven’t found great tickets, but our teammates are, and at the end of the day it’s a team game.”
England had finished second in the previous edition.
The second semifinal will be played between South Africa and defending champion Australia.