India crushed Bangladesh by nine wickets on Friday to power into the gold medal match in Hangzhou as they bid to win the Asian Games title on their first attempt. Awaiting their young, but still formidable, side in Saturday’s title-decider will be Pakistan or Afghanistan, who meet later.India crushed Bangladesh by nine wickets on Friday to power into the gold medal match in Hangzhou as they bid to win the Asian Games title on their first attempt. Awaiting their young, but still formidable, side in Saturday’s title-decider will be Pakistan or Afghanistan, who meet later.Right then that is it from the first semi-final with India advancing to the Gold medal match after defeating Bangladesh by 9 wickets. You can join us to know who the other finalists will be as the second semi-final takes place in a while at 11.30 am IST (6 am GMT) between Pakistan and Afghanistan. You can join us for the early build-up as well. Till then stay safe and have a good day. Earlier in the day after being asked to bat first, Bangladesh were sloppy with the bat as they managed to score only 96 runs. The batters couldn’t fight against the quality bowling lineup of India. Jaker Ali was the pick of the batters as he scored 24 runs while Parvez Hossain Emon was not far behind him with 23 runs. Apart from these two batters no batter stood up and took the responsibility to stand tall for the side. India bowled beautifully as they never let any batter in and picked up wickets regularly. Sai Kishore was the pick of the pack with 3 wickets while Washington Sundar took a couple and the rest chipped in with a wicket each.With such a low total there wasn’t much for the bowler to work with and that reflected in the scorecard as well. Ripon Mondol took the only wicket that fell rest all were taken to the cleaners as a result of some effortless hitting from the batters.
India advanced into the finals of the Asian Games 2023 men’s cricket tournament in Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China after defeating Bangladesh in the semi-finals at the Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field by nine wickets on Friday.
Batting first, Bangladesh were reduced to 96/9 in 20 overs courtesy of a terrific spell from Sai Kishore, who registered figures of 3/12 in four overs. Washington Sundar picked up two wickets as well.
In response, a blazing partnership between Ruturaj Gaikwad (40* off 26 balls) and Tilak Verma (55* off 26 balls) saw the Indian men’s cricket team get to its target in 9.2 overs.
India’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss paid dividends instantly. The Bangladeshi openers struggled to get going and towards the end of the powerplay overs, they lost three wickets. Sai Kishore provided the breakthrough by dismissing Mahmudul Hasan Joy in the fifth over before Washington Sundar sent Saif Hassan and Zakir Hasan packing in the sixth.
The Indian spin attack, also comprising Ravi Bishnoi (1/26), Tilak Verma (1/5) and Shahbaz Ahmed (1/13), made great use of the slow pitch in Hangzhou by restricting the run flow in the middle overs.
A late effort from Jaker Ali (24* off 29 balls) and Rakibul Hasan (14* off six balls) helped the Bangladesh cricket team, gold medallists from Guangzhou 2010, get to 96 runs in 20 overs. Sai Kishore shone with his left-arm spin, picking three wickets in only his second international appearance.
In the run chase, the early departure of Yashasvi Jaiswal didn’t faze the Indian batters. Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad and Tilak Verma unsettled the Bangladeshi bowlers with a flurry of boundaries. Gaikwad got going with a four in the first over, before smashing 21 runs off Ripon Mandal in the third over.
Tilak Verma too, like his skipper, took advantage of the short boundaries and field restrictions. The duo raced to a 50-run stand in only 18 deliveries and collected 67 runs in the opening five overs. Tilak Verma, playing his eighth T20 international, brought up his first half-century in 25 balls.