The Golden Girls of India won the Gold medal in the Women’s cricket event at the Asian Games 2023. This is the first-ever gold for India in cricket at the Asian games. On September 25, the Indian Women’s team defeated the Sri Lanka women’s team by 19 runs and won the medal. It is a new achievement for India in the Asian Games.
On the game day, India won the toss and chose to bat first. While batting, Smriti Mandhana scored 46 in 45 balls. She smashed four boundaries and one over boundaries with a strike rate of 102.22. Shafali Verma got out early by scoring 9 on 15 balls. Then Jemimah Rodrigues came. She scored 42 out of 40 balls with a strike rate of 105.00. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur didn’t go well. She scored only 2 out of 5 balls. However, India Women scored 116/7 in 20 overs.
India Women put on a target of 117 in front of Sri Lanka women. While chasing the target, the Sri Lanka captain scored 12 out of 12 balls. Hasini Perera scored 25 out of 22 balls. She was the highest scorer of the match. Nilakshi de Silva scored 34 out of 23 with one boundary and one over boundary. The Sri Lankan team collapsed at 97/8 at the end of 20 overs.
In bowling, Titas Sadhu gave a dream start. She took three wickets in two overs. In the end, she finished with a shocking figure of 3/6 in 4 overs. Sri Lanka was 14/3, then a 36-run partnership was built between Perera and Nilakshi de Silva. Rajeshwari Gayakwad picked Hasini Perera at that moment.
A great Achievement:
It is a great achievement indeed. Winning a gold medal in the Asian Games is always prestigious. Indian women’s team had entered the game from the quarterfinal stage. They came to the final smoothly. They played good cricket throughout the tournament. In the end, they finished the tournament on high by winning the gold medal.
Now it is the time to cheer for men’s cricket in the Asian Games 2023. The men’s cricket event is starting from September 27. Ruturaj Gaikwad will be leading the team. The final will be held on October 7. India has a strong team in the tournament. Fans are expecting something big from the men’s team as well.