Asian Games: India clinch gold medal in women's cricket, beat Sri Lanka in final

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India women's cricket team beat Sri Lanka in the final to clinch the gold medal at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou.

India women's cricket team celebrate during the final against Sri Lanka at the Asian Games. AFP

India won a gold medal in the women’s cricket discipline at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou on Monday. In the final, India beat Sri Lanka by 19 runs in a low-scoring affair.

Batting first, India scored 116/7 while batting first with Smriti Mandhana (46 from 45 balls) and Jemimah Rodrigues (42 runs from 40 balls) the only players to reach double digits.

In reply, Sri Lanka were stopped short on 97/8 in their 20 overs. For the islanders, Hasini Perera (25 from 22), Nilakshi de Silva (23 from 34) and Oshadi Ranasinghe (19 from 26 balls) were among the runs but didn’t get the requisite support at the lower end to chase things down.

This is India’s second gold medal of the Hangzhou Asian Games – after the Men’s 10m Air Rifle team created a world record – and extended the country’s medal tally to 11.

India are participating in the cricket event for the first time at the Asian Games. In the two previous inclusions, in 2010 and 2014, Pakistan had won the gold medal.

(to be updated…)

Published on: September 25, 2023 14:43:35 IST

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