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ICC T20 World Cup | Unfortunate We Didn't Get a Game but Rules Must be Followed: Harmanpreet Kaur

India and England captains Harmanpreet Kaur and Heather Knight were both disappointed at the lack of a reserve day after the T20 World Cup semi was washed out.

Cricketnext Staff |March 5, 2020, 2:43 PM IST
ICC T20 World Cup | Unfortunate We Didn't Get a Game but Rules Must be Followed: Harmanpreet Kaur

India and England captains Harmanpreet Kaur and Heather Knight were both left disappointed at the lack of a reserve day after their ICC Women's T20 World Cup semi-final on Thursday (March 5) was abandoned due to incessant rains in Sydney.

"It's unfortunate we didn't get a game, but there are rules and we have to follow it. Having reserve days in the future will be a great idea," Harmanpreet said after the match was called off.

"From day one we knew we have to win all the games because in case the semis don't happen, that would be hard for us. In that sense, credit to the team for winning all the games."

Harmanpreet added that the team was looking forward to the final now and were excited at the prospect of playing in their maiden summit clash of this tournament.

"Everybody is looking in great touch - Shafali and Smriti in particular. They are giving us good starts, and that helps. Me and Smriti are trying to spend more time in the nets. We are looking more positive now.

"Unfortunately we haven't come up with big innings, but our teammates are, and at the end of the day it's a team game. First T20 World Cup final means a lot for us. But as a team, we just want to play our best cricket in the final.

"If we can play our best cricket, we will be in a good position. We know both South Africa and Australia have done well so far, so we are not thinking about the other team."

Knight went on to term the washout 'frustrating', bemoaning their tournament opening loss to South Africa that would eventually cost them a chance of making the final.

"It's really frustrating. Not how we wanted the World Cup to finish for us. No reserve day, no chance of getting play, and ultimately that loss against South Africa cost us.

"Our aim was to get to the semifinals, which we eventually did. It's all very English isn't it, talking about the weather and getting knocked out. It felt that we gained a bit of momentum in the last few games and we were pumped up for the semi-finals."

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2 New Zealand 2406 115
3 India 3085 114
4 England 3466 105
5 Sri Lanka 2454 91
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2 India 5819 119
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 South Africa 3345 108
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2 England 4564 268
3 India 9319 266
4 Pakistan 5470 260
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