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Asian Games 2023: India Women vs Malaysia Women, Quarter Final 1 Match Highlights

Stay updated with the live score of the thrilling cricket encounter between India and Malaysia at the Asian Games 2023. Get real-time updates and follow the intense action of this exciting match.

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India Women vs Malaysia Women, Quarter Final 1 at Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field, Hangzhou

The Asian Games 2023 women's cricket quarterfinal between India and Malaysia was nothing short of a thrilling encounter. The match took place at the Pingfeng Cricket Field in Hangzhou, and cricket fans were eagerly waiting to witness this clash of the titans. Both teams were determined to secure a spot in the semifinals, and the excitement was palpable.

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Match Highlights

The highly anticipated India vs Malaysia match in the quarter-final of the women's cricket event at the 19th edition of the Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China on Thursday has unfortunately been called off due to rain. Malaysia, who won the toss and opted to bowl, were chasing a target of 174 runs. They managed to reach a score of 1/0 in just 0.2 overs before rain interrupted play in the second innings. Unfortunately, despite hopes for a resumed fixture, play was unable to continue, and as a result, India secured their spot in the semi-finals due to their higher ranking. In the rain-hit first innings, Shafali Verma's exceptional performance led India to a score of 173/2.

During the first innings, there was a rain delay in which India reached a score of 60/1 in 5.4 overs. In that over, Smriti Mandhana (27) was also dismissed before the rain delay occurred. The first innings resumed at 8:15 AM IST with the match being reduced to 15 overs each side. Shafali, on the other hand, played brilliantly and scored 67 runs off 39 balls, which included four fours and five sixes. This helped India set a target of 174 runs. Meanwhile, Jemimah Rodrigues (47*) and Richa Ghosh (7*) remained unbeaten for India in the match. Malaysia's Mahirah Izzati Ismail and Mas Elysa managed to take one wicket each.

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Rain Delay and Revised Target

However, as the match began, rain played spoilsport. Just two deliveries into the first over, the heavens opened up, and the covers were brought onto the field. This rain delay caused a temporary halt in the proceedings, leaving fans disappointed. But the players and officials were hopeful that the rain would subside, and the match could resume soon.

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After a brief interruption, the rain gods finally showed mercy, and the players were back on the field. The match was reduced to 15 overs per side due to the rain delay. India had set a target of 177 runs for Malaysia to chase, according to the revised Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.

India's Dominant Batting Display

The Indian batting unit showcased their dominance right from the start. Led by the explosive opener, Shafali Verma, they launched a relentless attack on the Malaysian bowlers. Shafali's aggressive batting style earned her a well-deserved half-century, and she set the tone for the Indian innings.

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Jemimah Rodrigues provided excellent support to Shafali, ensuring a steady flow of runs as wickets fell at the other end. The Malaysian fielders were put under constant pressure as the Indian batswomen displayed their exquisite strokeplay. The highlight of the Indian innings was the final flourish provided by Richa Ghosh, who played some exquisite shots to propel the team's score.

Malaysia's Challenging Chase

With a revised target of 177 runs in 15 overs, Malaysia had a challenging task ahead of them. Hashim and Duraisingam opened the innings for Malaysia, hoping to make a strong start. Pooja Vastrakar took the new ball for India and bowled with precision.

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However, Malaysia struggled to gain momentum in their chase. The Indian bowlers maintained a tight line and length, not allowing the Malaysian batswomen to free their arms. The required run rate kept climbing, and Malaysia found it difficult to keep up with the mounting pressure.

The Final Outcome

As the overs ticked by, it became evident that India's total was too steep for Malaysia to chase down. Despite their best efforts, Malaysia fell short of the target, and India emerged victorious in this quarterfinal clash. It was a well-deserved win for India, who displayed their dominance in all aspects of the game.

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India vs Malaysia Squads

India: Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Pooja Vastrakar, Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry (wicket-keeper), Anusha Bareddy.

Malaysia: Jamahidaya Intan, Mas Elysa, Musfirah Nur Azmi, Ainna Hamizah Hashim, Ainur Amelina, Mahirah Izzati Ismail, Nur Arianna Natsya, Winifred Duraisingam, Aina Najwa, Wan Julia, Aisya Eleesa, Dhanusri Muhunan, Nik Nur Atiela, Nur Dania Syuhada, Wan Nor Zulaika.

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Conclusion

The India vs Malaysia Asian Games 2023 women's cricket quarterfinal was a thrilling encounter that showcased the talent and skill of both teams. While India emerged as the winners, Malaysia put up a spirited fight. This match will be remembered as a testament to the growing popularity and competitiveness of women's cricket in the Asian Games.

As the tournament progresses, cricket fans eagerly await the upcoming matches, hoping for more thrilling encounters and memorable performances. The Asian Games 2023 continues to be a platform where athletes from across the continent come together to showcase their skills and compete for glory.

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