Get ready to witness the most thrilling battle between the World’s No. 1 batter & World’s No.1 bowler! This wasn’t the case a couple of weeks earlier but thanks to the outstanding performance of India’s rising star Shafali Verma who reached the top of the batting rankings while Sophie Ecclestone has ascended to the top of the bowlers’ table.
Both the players have been crucial for their team’s performance in ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020, while Shafali’s batting helped team India to fulfill their dream of entering into Semi-finals, on the other hand, Sophie’s bowling helped England to win the most crucial matches and reach the race of Semi-finals! Now whether Shafali & Sophie will come in a face-off in Semi-finals will not be entirely in their hands, but cricket fans will surely want to witness this thrilling face-off between team India’s Shafali and England’s Sophie! While the forecast about The Semi-finals which is to be played in Sydney on Thursday is not so promising, this is due to not so good weather in Sydney. We can’t expect many twists and turns in the matches in case of lengthy rain interruptions. Then too, given the minimum requirement of at least ten overs a side for ICC knockout matches, a spell of rain could mean an incomplete match. If that happens, India will directly reach the finals of Women’s ICC World Cup, that’s because they won all their group stage matches while England lost one, India thus finishing as the higher-ranked team. Both the teams would rather play or beat the other and if there is any sudden downpour in Sydney’s Stadium then India’s consistent win will help India women reach the finals of ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.
India has the added motivation of avenging losses to England in the last two World Cups: they were handily beaten at the same stage at the T20 World Cup in 2018, and lost in heartbreaking fashion in the final of the 50-over event in 2017. These losses will be a motivating factor for Women in Blue and will trigger them to give their best performance and thereby win the Semi-finals against England!