Asian Games 2023 Women’s Cricket Final: Indian Women Beat Sri Lanka By 19 Runs And Won The Historic Gold Medal.
The Indian women’s cricket team beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the Asian Games 2023 final and won the historic gold medal. Women in Blue played brilliantly in the quarter-finals and registered impressive victory over Bangladesh on September 24. In the semi-finals, Indian women dismissed Bangladesh for just 51 before chasing it in just 8.2 overs.
Sri Lankan women beat Pakistan in yesterday’s semifinal. The Indian women’s team’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 117/7 in 20 overs.
After winning the toss, India put up a good total on what would prove to be a tough wicket to bat on. Vice-captain Smriti Mandhana scored 46 while Jemimah Rodrigues played second fiddle with 42. The Indian middle-order failed but a score of 116 proved too tough for Sri Lankan batsmen against the pace battery of Puja Vastrakar and Titas Sadhu.
Titas took 3 wickets including the big one of Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu early in the piece. Sri Lanka tried hard to fight back but they managed to score only 97 runs.
It is worth noting that Women In Blue won the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games 2022.
India womn the top-seeded team, began its Asia Games 2023 cricket campaign directly from the quarterfinals where it faced Malaysia. India smashed 173 in the first innings before rain interrupted the match two balls into Malaysia’s chase. The tie could not be completed and India progressed to the semi-finals on account of being the higher-seeded team.
Asian Games 2023 Cricket Final, IND vs SL Squads
Shefali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Pooja Vastrakar, Titas Sadhu, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry (wicket-keeper), Anusha Bareddy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani,
Vishmi Gunaratne, Hasini Perera, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Chamari Athapaththu(c), Anushka Sanjeewani(w), Harshitha Samarawickrama, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Imesha Dulani, Kaushani Nuthyangana, Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Achini Kulasuriya,