South Africa will face defending champions Australia in the Women's Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals after their match against the West Indies was washed out on Tuesday, leaving India to take on England.
Rain covers on the pitch after play was stopped due to rain during the World Cup cricket match between South Africa and the West Indies at The Ageas Bowl.
After maintaining a 100 percent record in the ongoing Women's T20 World Cup, India have a great opportunity to secure their first-ever finale ticket in this competition.
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South Africa and India would in turn play in Sunday's final at the MCG after topping their groups.
According to the weather forecast, there are high chances of downpour in Sydney on Thursday, with the temperature hovering around 20-23 degrees Celsius. As per weather reports, 15-30mm of rain is expected for Thursday's semi-final double-header in Sydney.
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"There is a clear and fair alternative should there be no play in any of the semi-finals with the victor of the group progressing". However, rain could play spoilsport in the semifinal.
India: Shafali Verma has been the bedrock of India's batting-unit thus far in the tournament.
The story for India is little different here as they have been largely dependent on their top three batswoman and in a do-or-die encounter Indian fans must be praying that their misfiring middle-order come to the rescue if the top order fails to provide a solid start. Also, a win against England in the T20 tri-series that was held just before the World Cup would have done a world of good to them.
"If both semi-finals are lost it would be a sad time for the tournament". The reside streaming of the match will be seen on the Hot Star app.
England Women: Heather Knight (C), Amy Ellen Jones (wk), Danielle Wyatt, Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Sarah Glenn, Katherine Brunt, Mady Villiers/Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole.
Cricket Australia (CA) had spoken with the International Cricket Council about the possibility of moving the matches to a reserve day, but had been told it was not possible under tournament rules, CA chief Kevin Roberts said.