Who are India women’s cricket team’s first opponents in Hangzhou Asian Games 2023? Find out all details

Sagar PaulSagar Paul

September 20 2023
Smriti Mandhana, India women's cricket team, Asian Games 2023
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India women’s cricket team will begin their Asian Games 2023 campaign on Thursday, 21st September.

The women’s cricket competition has already kicked off at the largest sporting event in Asia. This marks the third time in history that cricket has been included in the Asian Games. On the previous two occasions, India couldn’t participate due to prior commitments. However, in the current Asian Games, they have decided to compete for glory and be part of this significant Asian sports event. While the BCCI chose to send a less experienced men’s team due to scheduling conflicts with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, the women’s team will feature their star players, ready to take on the top teams in the Asian Games.

India are considered the strong favorite to clinch the Gold medal at the Asian Games, as cricket makes its return to the competition after 9 years. Pakistan claimed the title in 2010 and 2014, while India are making their debut in the Asian Games. It’s worth mentioning that India are the reigning champion of the Women’s Asia Cup, which took place in 2022. Additionally, they secured the Silver medal in last year’s Commonwealth Games after a close defeat to Australia in the final match.

Harmanpreet Kaur captains Team India, but her participation depends on India reaching the finals or, in case of a semi-final loss, she can play in the bronze medal match. She received a two-match ban for her outburst at the umpires and Bangladesh captain, resulting in an ICC penalty. During her suspension, designated vice-captain of the team, Smriti Mandhana will be the captain.

India women’s cricket team squad for Asian Games 2023

Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh (wk), Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry (wicket-keeper), Anusha Bareddy, Pooja Vastrakar

Standby list of players – Harleen Deol, Kashvee Gautam, Sneh Rana, Saika Ishaque 

Indian women’s cricket team to begin Asian Games campaign on 21st September

The Indian women’s cricket team are set to begin their campaign at the Asian Games 2022 with a quarter-final encounter against Malaysia, in Hangzhou, China. The match is scheduled for Thursday, September 21st, marking a historic moment as it signifies the Indian cricket team’s first-ever appearance at the Asian Games. Cricket had been included in the Asian Games only twice before, during the 2010 and 2014 editions.

Who are India women’s cricket team’s first opponents?

India’s first match in the competition will be against Malaysia in the quarterfinals. Malaysia earned their spot in the quarter-finals with a hard-fought victory over Hong Kong, winning by 22 runs. Malaysia posted a total of 104 runs in their innings, with only three batsmen surpassing the 20-run mark. Hong Kong, in pursuit of 105 runs, fell short, scoring just 82 runs. As a result, Malaysia will now square off against India in the quarter-finals.

Indian women’s cricket team vs Malaysia women’s cricket team, Asian Games 2023, Quarter-final match 1 details:

Date – 21st September 2023

Venue – Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou, China

Time – 9:00 AM local time, 6:30 AM IST

When and where to watch Indian women’s cricket team vs Malaysia women’s cricket team Asian Games QF1 match ?

India – Sony Sports Network, Sony LIV app 

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