On Monday, the Indian Women’s Cricket Team won Gold in the Asian Games 2023 by defeating Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the final match of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. It was a low-scoring match in which Team India has achieved success. The Indian team is participating in the Asian Games for the first time and in its very first year won the gold medal by defeating Sri Lanka. This is the first gold medal for the Indian women’s cricket team in the Asian Games. This final match was played at ZJUT Cricket Field in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
India beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs to win Gold Medel
Indian team won the toss and decided to bat first but India had a bad start. Shefali Verma got out after scoring 9 runs in 15 balls. After this, Samriti along with Jemimah Rodrigues made an important partnership of 73 runs for the second wicket.
This partnership was broken by Ranavira. She broke and dismissed Mandhana. Mandhana scored 40 runs in 45 balls with the help of four fours and a six, while Richa scored 9 runs, Captain Harmanpreet Kaur, returning to the team after a two-match ban, could score only 2 runs. Pooja by scoring 2 runs.
Jemimah Rodrigues, who was out, played an innings of 42 runs in 40 balls with the help of five fours. Deepti and Amanjot remained unbeaten scoring 1 run each. Indian team scored 116 runs losing 7 wickets.
The Sri Lankan team, which came to chase the target of 117 runs, did not have a very good start. Indian fast bowler Titash Sadhu took two wickets in the third over. Sadhu got Anushka Sanjeewani caught by Harmanpreet Kaur on the first ball of the third over Sanjeevani 1.
After this Gunaratne was clean bowled on the fourth ball and on the fifth ball, she dismissed Sri Lanka’s most dangerous batsman and captain Chamari Atapattu after scoring 12 runs.
Indian bowler Deepti Ranasinghe dismissed Sri Lanka at 86 for 6 in 18 overs. Kavisha Dilhari was caught out by Richa on the score of 5 runs, Sugandhika Kumari was out by Rajeshwari after being stumped by Richa’
Priyadarshani and Udeshika Parbodhani one run each. The Sri Lankan team remained unbeaten after scoring only 57 runs for 8 wickets. India won. Sandhu took three wickets for 6 runs.
Rajeshwari Gaikwad took two wickets for 20 runs. Deepti Sharma took one wicket each for Pooja Vastrakar and Devika Vaidya.
With this, India Women’s Cricket Team won its first gold medal and second gold medal for India in the Asian Games 2023.
Sri Lanka reached the final for the third time in a row but this time also could not win the title. Sri Lanka made it to the final in three consecutive competitions but this time again it had to face defeat. This time it lost to India by 19 runs.
India won gold for the first time in the Asian Games cricket event. Before this, the Indian cricket team had not participated in any Asian Games. India made the country proud by winning its first gold.
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The key players in the final match were:
- Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues, who scored 46 and 42 runs respectively for India, and shared a 73-run partnership for the second wicket.
- Titas Sadhu, who took three wickets for six runs in three overs for India, dismissed the top three Sri Lankan batsmen, including captain Chamari Atapattu.
- Rajeshwari Gayakwad took two wickets for 20 runs in four overs for India and broke the resistance of Kavisha Dilhari and Sugandika Kumari.
- Oshadi Ranasinghe and Sugandika Kumari took two wickets each for Sri Lanka and restricted India to 116/7 in 20 overs.
Player of the Tournament
Titas Sadhu was the player of the tournament of the Cricket Women’s Asian Games 2023 and player of the match in the final match. The 18-year-old Titas Sadhu, playing only her second T20I, put India in total command. She picked up three wickets in three overs, including the prized scalp of skipper Chamari Athapaththu, and gave away only two runs.
The Indian Women’s cricket team won the gold medal in the Asian Games 2023 by defeating Sri Lanka in a low-scoring final match. This is a historic achievement for the Indian women’s cricket team, which participated in the Asian Games for the first time and clinched the gold medal. The Indian team displayed a brilliant performance with both bat and ball and outplayed the Sri Lankan team, which had reached the final for the third consecutive time. The Indian team made the country proud by winning its first gold medal in the Asian Games cricket event. The key players in the final match were Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Titas Sadhu, and Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who contributed with their batting and bowling skills. Titas Sadhu was also declared the player of the tournament for her outstanding bowling figures of three wickets for six runs in the final. The Indian Women’s cricket team wins the gold medal in the Asian Games 2023 is a moment of glory and inspiration for all the aspiring cricketers in India.
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