Womens Sport: Rain washes out final two group games, as Thailand denied first World-Cup win

A dismal end to an otherwise enthralling World Cup group-stage, saw both Thailand’s game vs Pakistan, and South Africa’s match vs West Indies cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. 

Thailand were looking to secure their first ever T20 World Cup win, and looked well set against Pakistan, as they posted 150-3 from their 20 overs. Nattakan Chantam top scored with 56 and Nattaya Boochatham added 44 in an opening stand of 93.

This total was the highest ever at the Sydney Showground, Thailand’s highest T20 score, and contained 23 boundaries, more than any of Thailand’s other matches combined.

In this way, the abandonment of the game will be a bitter pill to swallow for a Thailand side, that have shown signs of promise, but will likely have to go through qualification again if they wish to reach the same stage in South Africa in 2022.

South Africa will feel less aggrieved however, as the cancellation of their match against the West Indies saw them pick up one point, which was enough to finish above England and top group B.

The proteas will now meet Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday, whilst England will take on India at 4am GMT.

With both semi-finals also due to take place in Sydney however, there is a strong possibility that the two games will be abandoned, with no reserve days currently scheduled.

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