The Indian women’s cricket team defeated the Sri Lanka Women’s team by 19 runs to win gold in their debut in the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China.
Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss & decided to bat first. The women in blue scored a decent total of 116/7 in the first innings. Both Smriti Mandana (46 off 40) & Jemimah Rodrigues (42 off 40) gave India a balanced start for the second wicket. unfortunately, the death overs favoured Lankans & the scored was restricted from what was expected.
However, India’s Titas Sadhu broke Sri Lanka’s backbone by taking a double wicket in her first over. She later came back with a bang on by dismissing Lankan skipper Chamari Athapaththu, reducing Sri Lanka to 15/3.
Rajeshwari Gaikwad did the rest by claiming two crucial wickets and breaking partnership of Hasini Perera & Nilakshi de Silva. This is when the game was in India’s favour & the bowling unit managed to keep it the same till the very end.
India claimed a stunning win in the finals after restricting Sri Lanka to 97/8.