South Africa top Group B after rain hits tournament


South Africa finished as toppers of Group B after their final league game, against West Indies at the Sydney Showground Stadium was washed out following an unrelenting downpour in the city, one that had thwarted Thailand's bid for a historic triumph over Pakistan earlier in the day, reports Cricbuzz.

There was a steady drizzle at 18:00 hours - the scheduled toss time - and continued unabated until 20:49 when the game was eventually called off, about 50 minutes before the cut-off time for a 10-over contest.

Both South Africa and West Indies took one point, with the former moving to the top of the table with that point gained. They will thus play hosts and title holders Australia in the second semifinal, leaving Group A toppers India and England to battle it out in the semifinals for a second T20 World Cup running. The no-result also meant that the 2016 champions, West Indies, ended the tournament with a solitary win over Thailand.

Both semifinals will be played on March 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. There are no reserve days scheduled for the semis and in case of similar no shows, group toppers viz. India and South Africa will progress to the final to be played on March 8 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.