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Indian Women's Cricket Team Clinches Gold at Asian Games 2023, Triumph Over Sri Lanka by 19 Runs
Published : Sep 25, 2023, 4:16 pm IST
Updated : Sep 25, 2023, 4:16 pm IST
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Indian Women's Cricket Team Bags Gold
Indian Women's Cricket Team Bags Gold

Fast Bowler Titas Sadhu Shines as India Secures Victory on Challenging Pitch

HANGZHOU: In a thrilling match at the Asian Games 2023, the Indian women's cricket team secured the gold medal, triumphing over Sri Lanka by a margin of 19 runs. The victory was anchored by an outstanding performance by fast bowler Titas Sadhu, who showcased her prowess on a difficult batting pitch.

The Indian women's team faced a challenging task as they batted first and managed to score 116 runs for the loss of seven wickets. The Sri Lankan team, in response, struggled against the Indian bowling attack and could only muster 97 runs for eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

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Titas Sadhu, who is set to celebrate her 19th birthday in a few days, played a pivotal role in India's victory, claiming three wickets for a mere six runs in her four-over spell. Leg-spinner Devika Vaidya also contributed to the team's success, securing one wicket while conceding 15 runs in her four overs. Despite a challenging start, spinners Rajeshwari Gaikwad and Deepti Sharma found their rhythm and made significant contributions to the team's performance.

India faced formidable challenges both in the standard of cricket and the challenging pitch conditions. Titas Sadhu's remarkable performance in the initial overs, where she secured three crucial wickets, including that of Sri Lankan captain Chamari Atapattu, set the tone for India's defense. Sri Lanka's chase faced early setbacks, losing key wickets in the face of Indian bowling prowess. However, Hasini Perera's resilience, scoring 25 runs, took Sri Lanka past the 50-run mark. Despite valiant efforts by Neelakshi de Silva and Oshadi Ranasinghe, who contributed 23 and 19 runs respectively, the Sri Lankan team fell short in their chase.

For India, Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues delivered a crucial partnership of 73 runs for the second wicket. Smriti Mandhana's gritty knock of 46 runs off 45 balls, coupled with Rodrigues' well-played 42 runs off 40 balls, laid a solid foundation for the team's innings. Overall, it was a display of exceptional skill and teamwork that helped the Indian women's cricket team clinch the gold at the Asian Games 2023.

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