India Women vs Malaysia Women, Asian Games 2023: Rain-Interrupted Quarter-final Sees India Secure Semi-final Berth

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Asian Games 2023 Quarter-final, India Women vs Malaysia Women

Asian Games 2023, the much-anticipated quarter-final clash between India Women and Malaysia Women was marred by heavy rain, leading to a washout. Despite the weather intervention, India secured a spot in the semi-finals due to their superior seeding in the competition.

Rain Stops Play

As the excitement built up for the quarter-final showdown, the skies opened up just after the second ball was bowled in the second innings. India had set a challenging target of 174 runs for Malaysia in the first innings, but only two balls were played in the second innings before the rain halted play.

India Dominates Early

Asian Games 2023: Prior to the rain interruption, India had shown their dominance over Malaysia. They posted a formidable total of 173 runs for the loss of two wickets in 15 overs. The Indian team’s strong start was highlighted by Shafali Verma’s explosive batting, who scored a rapid 67 off 39 balls, and Jemimah Rodrigues’ solid 47 runs off 33 balls.

Shafali Verma’s Brilliance

Shafali Verma’s performance was a standout feature of the match. She not only scored big shots but also reached her 50th T20 six during her innings. Her aggressive approach set the tone for India’s innings, and the team looked poised to reach a target of 160+ before the rain intervened.

Injury Scare for Shafali Verma

However, there was a moment of concern when Shafali Verma sustained a wrist injury while trying to avoid a shot from Jemimah in the non-striker’s end. Medical staff rushed to the ground to attend to her, and her condition was stabilized.

Rain Delays and Hope for a Restart

After the rain delay, there was hope for a restart as the weather cleared. The match was reduced to 15 overs per side, promising an exciting, shortened encounter.

Malaysia’s Chances and Fielding Lapses

Asian Games 2023: Malaysia had their moments in the match, creating opportunities against India in the opening stages. Unfortunately, they couldn’t capitalize on their chances, including a missed opportunity when Shefali Varma gave a chance to long-on in the fourth over.

India’s Strong Start

India’s openers, Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Varma, got off to a strong start, displaying aggressive intent and finding the gaps in the field. Their partnership set the foundation for India’s challenging total.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s Absence

It’s worth noting that Harmanpreet Kaur, the regular captain, was not playing due to a two-match suspension handed to her by the ICC following her outburst during an ODI against Bangladesh. Smriti Mandhana took charge as the stand-in captain for the match.

Upcoming Schedule

As the rain delayed the proceedings, fans eagerly awaited the restart of the match to see if Malaysia could mount a comeback. However, the weather remained unpredictable, and both teams hoped for a full game to determine the winner.

Despite the rain’s interference, India’s better seeding secured their place in the semi-finals, and they will now prepare for the next challenge in their quest for Asian Games glory.

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