1st Quarter Final, Zhejiang, September 21, 2023, 06:30 AM
Right then, India Women are the first team to advance to the Semifinals with three Quarterfinals still to take place. With a potential India-Pakistan clash on the cards in the Semifinals, it will be interesting to see which three sides finish in the medal places. That is it then from this game but you can switch tabs and get more information on the upcoming games. Cheers!
Malaysia Women won the toss and elected to bowl which was a brave move and as expected, the Indian openers dominated early proceedings but Malaysia Women did create a few chances that they were not able to take. Interim skipper, Smriti Mandhana did fall trying to accelerate but then came the telling stand between Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues worth 86 runs and the former was sensational in her knock of 67 runs. Rodrigues too played a fine knock and then Richa Ghosh finished off with a big flourish. For Malaysia Women, Mahirah Izzati Ismail and Ainna Hashim bowled well with the former picking up a wicket as well but unfortunately for them, they only got to bat for a couple of deliveries before the heavens opened up again and they were knocked out of the competition.
UPDATE 9.52 am IST (4.22 am GMT) - The inevitable has happened and the MATCH HAS BEEN ABANDONED! India Women advance to the Semifinals of the Women's Cricket Competition of the Asian Games as they are higher seeded and will now have their eye on sealing a Finals spot.
UPDATE 9.50 am IST (4.20 am GMT) - No update yet from the ground and if the rain persists and it is a washout, India Women will advance to the semifinals by virtue of a higher seeding. Let's stay hopeful that we do see some action. Stick around for more updates.
UPDATE 9.07 am IST (3.37 am GMT) - Oh, no! The rain is back and the covers are coming on once again. The players are back in the hut and it will be another delay, not what anyone would have wanted but it is what it is. Stay tuned for further updates.
In over# 1
Pooja Vastrakar 1/0(0.2)
Pitched on the good length outside the off stump. The batter lets it go and there looks to be another halt because of a heavy shower on the ground.
Just short outside the off stump to start. Ainna Hashim plays it late off the back foot towards third man for a single.
We are back for the run chase! The umpires and the India Women players are back out in the middle. Ainna Hashim and Winifred Duraisingam are the openers for Malaysia Women. Pooja Vastrakar has the new ball in hand.
... The Run Chase ...
Malaysia Women's bowling showed signs of inexperience as they delivered a slew of full tosses, offering the Indian batters ample opportunities to unleash their strokes. Furthermore, misfields and three dropped catches proved to be costly for the Malaysians. Now, Malaysia faces the daunting task of chasing down a massive target of 174 in 90 balls on a wicket conducive to batting. However, they will have to contend with India's experienced bowling attack. The stage is set for an intriguing second innings, and cricket fans can't afford to miss it. Stay tuned as we witness whether Malaysia can pull off a remarkable chase or if India's bowlers can maintain their dominance.
India's batting got off to a flying start with captain Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma setting the tone. While Mandhana departed after a quickfire 27 off 16 balls, Shafali Verma held the fort and played a spectacular innings, scoring 67 off just 39 deliveries, featuring 4 boundaries and 5 towering sixes. Jemimah Rodrigues also joined the party, notching up 47 runs off 29 balls at number 3, sharing an explosive 87-run partnership with Shafali. Late in the innings, Richa Ghosh added fireworks with a cameo of 21 runs off a mere 7 balls. The top four Indian batters took charge, propelling their team to an imposing total.
The first innings of Quarter Final 1 of the Asian Games Women's Cricket competition has concluded with India Women posting a formidable total of 173/2 in just 15 overs, after some rain-induced drama that shortened the game. India has set a challenging target of 174 runs in 90 balls for Malaysia Women to chase down.
In over# 15
Mas Elysa 26/1(2)
Just a single to end but 20 runs come off the final over and India Women finish with a mammoth total on the board. This is banged in a bit short around off, Jemimah Rodrigues rocks back and pulls it straight to deep mid-wicket for one, ending unbeaten on 47. India Women finish with 173/2 in their 15 overs!
Full and straight, in the blockhole, Richa Ghosh jams it down to long on for one.
FOUR! Raw power! Full and outside off, Richa Ghosh stays back and just muscles it away all along the ground through extra cover for yet another boundary.
FOUR! Too easy and 14 runs off the over already. A juicy full toss outside off, Richa Ghosh duly obliges and thumps it away past extra cover for a boundary.
SIX! Richa Ghosh is finishing with a flourish here. Short over middle, Ghosh picks up the length early and pulls it all the way over the square leg fence for a biggie.