In short :
The Indian women’s cricket team won the gold medal at the Asian Games 2023 after defeating Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the final. This is the first time that India has won the gold medal in women’s cricket at the Asian Games.
India batted first in the final and scored 116/7 in 20 overs. Smriti Mandhana (46) and Jemimah Rodrigues (42) were the top scorers for India.
Sri Lanka in reply were bowled out for 97 in 20 overs. Titas Sadhu was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/6.
The Indian women’s cricket team has been in excellent form in recent years. They reached the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020 and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2022.
This gold medal win at the Asian Games is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Indian women’s cricket team. It is also a major boost for women’s cricket in India.
In detailed :
India won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian openers, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma got off to a good start, adding 35 runs for the first wicket. However, Verma was dismissed for 17 in the fifth over.
Mandhana continued to play well and was joined by Jemimah Rodrigues in the middle. The two batters put on a 73-run partnership for the second wicket. Mandhana was eventually dismissed for 46 in the 15th over.
After Mandhana’s dismissal, India lost wickets at regular intervals and finished on 116/7 in 20 overs. Rodrigues was the top scorer for India with 42 runs.
Sri Lanka needed to score 117 runs to win the match. However, they got off to a poor start, losing their first three wickets for just 21 runs in the first six overs.
Hasini Perera (25) and Nilakshi de Silva (18) tried to rebuild the Sri Lankan innings, but they were both dismissed in quick succession.
Thereafter, Sri Lanka kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 97 runs in 20 overs. Titas Sadhu was the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3/6.
The Indian women’s cricket team‘s victory in the Asian Games 2023 is a historic moment for Indian sport. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Indian women’s cricket team, and it is a major boost for women’s cricket in India.