The Asian Games 2023 Quarter-finals were interrupted due to rain. The game between India and Malaysia was highly sought after, as the game was to give us the first semi-finalist for the Asian Games 2023. Rain played its folly. The Indian team was off to a brilliant start. Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues played a major share of the first inning.
Malaysia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Indian openers, Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana opened bat with a banger, playing a steady game. Mandhana batted at a thrilling strike rate of 160+. Her quick game was assisted by Verma. The two players laid the required foundation for the batting lineup. Mandhana having secured some massive strokes and having registered boundaries, was lost in the 6th over. Mandhana secured a total of 27 runs in just 16 deliveries.
Ainna Hashim caught Mandhana’s wicket on Mahirah Ismail’s delivery. A massive wicket for Malaysia. Rodrigues joined Verma and the two continued the game for India. Rodrigues and Verma tried to maintain the run rate set by Mandhana. The two contributed the major part of the inning. Verma played a jaw-dropping game of 67 off 39 deliveries. Her brilliant strike rate of 171 helped the team secure quick runs.
Rodrigues also contributed immensely, securing 47 off 29 deliveries. After Verma was lost on Mas Elysa’s delivery, Rodrigues carried the game forward alongside Richa Ghosh. Richa Ghosh also contributed some quick runs (21 off just 7 deliveries), playing at a strike rate of 300. But showers washed off the efforts of the Indian upper-order batters.
In 15 overs, the Indian team had secured a total of 173 runs at a loss of 2 wickets in the Asian Games 2023. India played the fastest game ever, playing at a run rate of 11.53. The heavy showers made it almost impossible for the game to revive. Having waited for a few hours, the game was brought down to 15 overs. Malaysia needed 174 runs to win and elevate to the semifinals in a total of 15 overs. But having faced two deliveries, the rains poured down, having stolen all the shine off the game.
The game was called off due to rain. India having displayed brilliant play throughout escalated to the semifinals. The second Quarterfinal game between Pakistan and Indonesia was also abandoned due to rain. Pakistan got the upper hand due to their impressive performance and escalated to the semi-finals of the Asian Games 2023, defeating Indonesia.
Asian Games 2023 Quarter-finals: India vs Malaysia Brief Scores
India 173/2 (15 overs) (Shafali Verma 67 (39), Jemimah Rodrigues 47 (29), Mahira Ismail 1/28) vs Malaysia 1/0 (0.2 overs) – Match abandoned due to rain.
The second game between Pakistan and Indonesia was abandoned without a ball bowled and Pakistan reached the semi-finals.