Asian Games: India’s Women Enters In The Semi-Final Despite A Washout In Quarter-Final? Here Full Explanation

Rain seems to be the unwelcome guest who won’t leave regarding Indian cricket. After causing disruptions in the men’s Asia Cup, it decided to crash the women’s team’s debut at the Asian Games. The India vs. Malaysia women’s cricket qualifier 1 match in Hangzhou ended in disappointment as it was called off due to relentless rain.

The stage was set for a thrilling encounter when rain intervened, forcing the players off the field. During the interruption, India was off to a flying start, reaching 60/1 at 5.4 overs after being invited to bat by Malaysia. The match was eventually reduced to a 15-overs-a-side contest, and the scene was set for a captivating showdown.

Play resumed, and India showcased their batting prowess, finishing with an imposing total of 173 for 2. The innings featured performances by Shafali Verma, who scored a remarkable 67 off 39 balls, skipper Smriti Mandhana’s aggressive 27 off 16 balls, and Jemimah Rodrigues’ impressive 29-ball-47. Richa Ghosh’s cameo of 7-ball-21 added the final flourish. Malaysia faced an uphill battle with the revised target set at 177, per the DLS method.

Just when it seemed like Malaysia had a mountain to climb, the rain returned, and it was much heavier this time. Unfortunately, the conditions were not conducive for play to continue, and the match had to be called off. However, India managed to advance to the semi-finals despite the interruption.

The advancement of India, despite the match’s abandonment, can be attributed to the unique rules of the Asian Games. According to these rules, if a cricket match is called off due to weather-related concerns or any other reason, the team with the higher seeding will progress to the next round. The ICC rankings determine seeding. India’s women’s team currently holds fourth in the ICC ODI rankings, while Malaysia ranks 27th. India is the highest-ranked team in women’s cricket at the 19th Asian Games. If their semi-final also faces a washout, India will secure a spot in the final again.

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The match provided glimpses of exciting cricket, with Shafali Verma’s explosive innings featuring five sixes and four boundaries. Her powerful hitting in the region between square leg and deep mid-wicket left a lasting impression. Jemimah Rodrigues also contributed significantly, with six boundaries and a partnership of 86 runs for the second wicket with Shafali.

Malaysia’s fielding displayed sloppiness as they dropped a few catches, letting India off the hook. Also, Malaysia’s bowling lacked the sting to trouble the Indian batters. Shafali Verma’s innovative footwork and Mandhana’s aggressive approach kept the scoreboard ticking for India.

As the Indian women’s cricket team progresses to the semi-finals, they will be eager to put the rain interruptions behind them and focus on their quest for glory at the Asian Games.

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