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Asian Games: Indian women enter cricket semi-final

Asian Games: Indian women enter cricket semi-final

Hangzhou: As India advanced to the semi-final of the women's cricket competition at the Asian Games thanks to higher ICC rankings after Thursday's quarter-final was postponed due to rain, Shafali Verma hounded an inexperienced Malaysian attack with a brilliant 39-ball 67.

The match was reduced to 15 over-a-side affair and India scored an imposing 173 for 2, courtesy of Shafali, skipper Smriti Mandhana’s 27 off 16 balls and Jemimah Rodrigues’ 29-ball-47. Richa Ghosh’s 7-ball-21 cameo was like a cherry on top of the cake.

It was going to be next to impossible for Malaysia to even think of surpassing the 100-run mark let alone chase the target, which was revised to 177 as per DLS method.

Malaysia played only two deliveries before heavy rain played spoilsport and the match had to be called off.

India is the top-seeded Asian team in the competition as per their ICC ranking on June 1.

On a slow deck, Malaysia skipper Winifred Duraisingam elected to field and her team did let her down due to sloppy fielding as they dropped a few catches.

Malaysia’s bowling didn’t have enough sting to trouble the Indian batters.

The lack of pace in their deliveries forced Shafali to walk down the track in order to meet the ball early. Mandhana, at the other end, got some full-tosses which were dispatched to all corners of the ground.

Mandhana was dismissed after the opening pair got 59 within the Powerplay when she tried to pull a delivery, which was bowled slightly on the fuller side from spinner Mahira Izzati Ismail.

Shafali’s innings had five sixes apart from four boundaries and mostly in the region between square leg and deep mid-wicket apart from a straight six that got her to a well-compiled half-century.

Rodrigues also looked in good touch as she got six boundaries and added 86 for the second wicket with Shafali.

Shafali was also hit on her right forearm when she couldn’t evade a powerful bowler’s back-drive by Rodrigues and needed an urgent taping.

She got a reprieve in the deep off Mas Elysa’s bowling but immediately after that was caught plumb in front.

Richa came in and blasted four boundaries in the 15th and final over of the innings which took India past the 170-run mark.

Brief Scores: India 173/2 in 15 overs (Shafali Verma 67, Jemimah Rodrigues 47). Malaysia (Revised target 177) 1/0 in 0.2 overs.

Match called off. India win due to better ICC ranking.

With PTI inputs

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