Asian Games 2023: Indian Women's Kabaddi team dominates Nepal; Secures spot in final
In a thrilling semifinal match at the 2022 Asian Games, the Indian women's kabaddi team displayed their prowess by overwhelming Nepal with a resounding score of 61-17.
India demonstrated absolute dominance today, showcasing their excellence in every facet of the game. With an outstanding performance in batting, bowling, and fielding, they effortlessly reached the target in just 9.2 overs, losing only a single wicket along the way. This resounding victory has propelled them into the gold-medal match, cementing their position as the team to beat in this tournament.
India's strategic decision to opt for fielding first proved to be a masterstroke, as Bangladesh struggled to find their rhythm. Pervez Hossain Emon's painstaking effort, contributing 23 runs, stood as the highest individual score for Bangladesh, while most of their team members failed to reach double digits. Jaker Ali's unwavering unbeaten 24* and Rakibul Hasan's brief cameo of 14 managed to push Bangladesh to a somewhat modest total of 96/9 in their allotted 20 overs.
The Indian spinners, spearheaded by the brilliant Sai Kishore (3/12) and the crafty Washington Sundar (2/15), dictated the pace of the game. The disciplined bowling performance extended beyond these two stars and featured notable contributions from Tilak Varma, Ravi Bishnoi, the promising debutant Shahbaz Ahmed, and the tenacious Arshdeep Singh, each taking a wicket to keep the pressure on Bangladesh throughout their innings.
As India embarked on their chase of the modest target of 97 runs, they encountered an early setback with the dismissal of Yashasvi Jaiswal in the very first over. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Tilak Varma stepped up to the plate and quickly turned the tide of the match. Gaikwad exhibited an aggressive approach, unleashing a barrage of powerful shots, while Varma showcased finesse with his precision flicks. Together, they utilized the powerplay overs to the fullest, amassing an impressive 68 runs. The Bangladeshi bowlers appeared helpless in the face of Gaikwad's remarkable pull shots and Varma's exquisite flicks, as India's runs flowed with graceful ease. The batting exhibition put on by this dynamic duo was nothing short of a cricketing spectacle, captivating the audience and reaffirming India's cricketing prowess on the global stage.