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India Secures Historic Maiden Women’s Cricket Gold at Asian Games by Defeating Sri Lanka

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After choosing not to send teams the first two times that cricket was part of the continental Games, India won gold in the women’s final in Hangzhou by defeating an in-form Sri Lanka by 19 runs.

Smriti Mandhana (46) and Jemimah Rodrigues (42) combined for 73 runs for the second wicket as India reached 116-7 in their 20 overs while batting first in Monday’s championship match.

Sri Lanka’s chase got off to a poor start as right-arm seamer Titas Sadhu’s devastating spell reduced them to 14-3 in the fifth over.

In her first four deliveries, she claimed two wickets, and in her third over, she added another, giving her astounding final stats of three wickets for six runs.

The standout batter for India claimed that taking home the gold was “something you dream about.”

“It’s a reward for all the work we’ve put in over the years,” the speaker said.

Hasini Perera tried to pick up the pace, hitting four fours and a six in a quick 25 but Sri Lanka, who had defeated England in a white-ball series for the first time earlier this month, were continually trailing the run rate.

When Nilakshi de Silva was dismissed after making a valiant 23, Sri Lanka was 78-5 and still needed 39 runs with 23 balls to spare.

They faced a nearly impossible 25 off the final over after two more wickets, but they could only manage five as India started to celebrate.

Rajib Dutta, the assistant coach for India, said the AFP news agency, “It’s a great first for us.

Oshadi Ranasinghe, an all-rounder for Sri Lanka, stated they had a fantastic chance to win gold but had missed it.

She said, “Considering how we batted, we need to become more disciplined.”

At the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field, on a shaky ground that was impacted by rain last week, scoring runs has not been simple during the competition.

Despite the fact that the team chasing won both the semifinals and the bronze medal game, India won the toss and decided to bat.

In the medal playoff, Bangladesh won the bronze after limiting Pakistan to 64-9 and slogging to their target of 65 in 18.2 overs.

Pakistan, which had previously won the gold on both occasions that cricket was played at the Asian Games, had to leave empty-handed.

“I don’t like the way I feel. Pakistani coach Mohtashim Rasheed stated, “We never put up enough runs on the board.

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