The excitement is palpable as India and Pakistan’s women’s cricket teams have stormed into the semifinals of the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou. While their quarter-final matches were marred by rain, both teams advanced to the semis due to their higher seeding. In this article, we’ll delve into the thrilling journey of these teams and what lies ahead in the semi-final clash.
India’s Dominance in Rain-Shortened Quarter-Final
In a rain-hit quarter-final clash against Malaysia, India showcased their prowess in a reduced 15-over match. Shafali Verma’s explosive 67 off 39 balls and Jemimah Rodrigues’ unbeaten 47 off 29 propelled India to a formidable total of 173/2. The rain interrupted Malaysia’s chase after just two balls, sealing India’s place in the semis.
Smriti Mandhana’s elegance and Shafali’s aggression set the tone for India’s innings. Malaysia’s bowlers struggled to contain Shafali, offering full tosses and slot balls, which she dispatched mercilessly. Richa Ghosh’s blistering 21 not out off just seven deliveries added the finishing touches to India’s innings.
Pakistan’s Path to the Semis
Pakistan’s quarter-final against Indonesia faced a washout without a ball being bowled. However, their higher seeding granted them a spot in the semi-final, setting up an intriguing clash with India.
The Potential Semi-Final Showdown
A tantalizing prospect awaits in the semi-finals as India might square off against Bangladesh if they win their quarter-final against Hong Kong. The recent history between the two teams, marked by controversies and competitive matches, promises a thrilling encounter.
Match Details for India Women’s Asian Games Cricket Semifinal
When and Where
The semi-final match will be played on Sunday, September 24, in Hangzhou, China, starting at 6:30 a.m. IST.
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Indian Women’s Squad for Asian Games 2023
Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain)
Smriti Mandhana (Vice-Captain)
Richa Ghosh (wk)
Uma Chetry (wk)