Watch: Shafali Verma Creates History, Becomes First Indian Player To Score Fifty At Asian Games
Shafali verma bullied an inexperienced Malaysian attack in the quarter-final match at Asian Games to achieve the historic feat.
India women's cricket team star batter Shafali Verma on Thursday scripted history. The right-handed batter became the first India cricket team player to score a fifty at the Asian Games. Shafali bullied an inexperienced Malaysian attack in the quarter-final match with a blazing 67-run knock that came off only 39 balls. The star batter raced to the historic half-century in 31 balls with the help of a six down the ground. During her sparkling knock, Shafali Verma hit a total of four fours and five sixes. (Asian Games Medal Tally)
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India women's cricket team entered the semi-final of the event at the Asian Games 2023 by virtue of better ICC rankings after Thursday's quarter-final was abandoned due to rain.
The match was reduced to 15 over-a-side affair and India scored an imposing 173 for 2, courtesy Shafali Verma, skipper Smriti Mandhana's 27 off 16 balls, Jemimah Rodrigues' 29-ball-47. Richa Ghosh's 7-ball-21 cameo was like a cherry on top of the cake.
It was going to be next to impossible for Malaysia to even think of surpassing 100-run mark let alone chase the target, which was revised to 177 as per DLS method.
Malaysia played only two deliveries before heavy rain played spoilsport and the match had to be called off.
India are top seeded team at Asian Games 2023 as per their ICC ranking on June 1.
On a slow deck, Malaysia skipper Winifred Duraisingam elected to field and her team did let her down due to sloppy fielding as they dropped a few catches.
Malaysia's bowling didn't have enough sting to trouble the Indian batters.
The lack of pace in their deliveries forced Shafali to walk down the track in order to meet the ball early. Mandhana, at the other end, got some full-tosses which were dispatched to all corners of the ground.
Mandhana was dismissed after the opening pair got 59 within the Powerplay when she tried to pull a delivery, which was bowled slightly on the fuller side from spinner Mahira Izzati Ismail.
Shafali's innings had five sixes apart from four boundaries and mostly in the region between square leg and deep mid-wicket apart from a straight six that got her to a well-compiled half-century.
Rodrigues also looked in good touch as she got six boundaries and added 86 for the second wicket with Shafali.
Shafali was also hit on her right forearm when she couldn't evade a powerful bowler's back-drive by Rodrigues and needed an urgent taping.
She got a reprieve in the deep off Mas Elysa's bowling but immediately after that was caught plumb in-front.
Richa came in and blasted four boundaries in the 15th and final over of the innings which took India past the 170-run mark.
(With PTI Inputs)