Asian Games 2023: Indian women’s team clashed with Malaysia due to rain, made place in semi-finals

The Indian women’s team reached the semi-finals of the Asian Games 2023 after rain washed out their opening match against Malaysia in Hangzhou on Thursday, September 21. Due to rain in the second innings of the match, Malaysia had to chase 174 runs to win. In the second innings of the game, fast bowler Pooja Vastrakar bowled only two balls before rain played spoilsport.

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The Indian team dominated the match right from the start after being sent in to bat first by Malaysia. Malaysia won the toss—due to a delay due to rain—and hoped to take advantage in the second innings. However, their plans backfired as India came forward with aggressive intent.

Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma hit boundaries right from the start and the Malay side were not helped by their standards in the field. India scored 60 runs in the powerplay but lost the wicket of Smriti Mandhana who was out while trying to hit a six. At this time, rain interrupted play and the match was reduced to 15 overs of play per side.

Shefali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues made a partnership of 86 runs in 47 balls. Out of total 6 sixes for India, Shefali was aggressive in the partnership of 5 sixes. Shefali looked in great form throughout the game and was out on the last ball of the 13th over. Earlier in the same over, Shefali was hit by the ball on her right wrist and the break in momentum went against her.

After Shefali’s dismissal, India continued to score runs at a rapid pace, with Richa Ghosh playing a blinder. Ghosh scored 21* off just 7 balls, while Jemimah remained unbeaten on 47 off 29 balls. Jemima kicked her bat in frustration at the end of the innings, seemingly unhappy at not hitting her half-century.

Things didn’t last long after that as rain came and spoiled the chase.