Asian Games 2023 : Ruturaj Gaikwad,Tilak Verma Help India Hammer Bangladesh By 9 Wickets To Reach Final
India's bowlers were just as successful in breaking down Bangladesh's batting order.
The men's cricket team from India kept up their outstanding performance at the Asian Games, defeating Bangladesh by nine wickets to advance to the final. India will now compete for the gold medal in the men's cricket competition after securing a medal with this victory.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, the Indian captain, won the toss and decided to field, which was supported by the disciplined play of his bowlers. In their allotted 20 overs, India held Bangladesh to a below-average total of 96 for nine.
India responded by easily reaching the target in just 9.2 overs. Despite losing the gifted Yashasvi Jaiswal early in the innings, India's victory was guaranteed by captain Gaikwad (40 not out) and Tilak Varma (55 not out). Following his stunning 25-ball fifty, Varma revealed a tattoo honoring his parents during a tearful celebration.
India's bowlers were just as successful in breaking down Bangladesh's batting order. The most impressive player was Sai Kishore, who finished with 3/12 from his four overs. Washington Sundar bowled admirably as well, giving up just 15 runs in his allotted overs. Important wickets were taken by other bowlers such as Shahbaz Ahmed, Ravi Bishnoi, and Arshdeep Singh.
The best part of India's innings came from the partnership between Gaikwad and Varma, who dominated Bangladesh's bowling attack with a barrage of fours and sixes. India's triumph secured them a spot in the gold medal match, where they will take on the winners of Pakistan vs Afghanistan.
The Indian cricket team has performed admirably at the Asian Games, and they are now only one victory away from taking home the gold in their first-ever cricket competition at the continental championship.
Bangladesh lost to India 97/1 in 9.2 overs (Tilak Varma 55 not out, Ruturaj Gaikwad 40 not out) by nine wickets after leading 96/9 in 20 overs (Jaker Ali 24 not out, Parvez Hossain Emon 23; Sai Kishore 3/12, Washington Sundar 2/15).