At the start, India was struggling with their batting, scoring 116/7. They lost six wickets for only 27 runs in the last five overs. The pitch was not easy for batting, but Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues showed great determination against Sri Lankan spinners. They built a solid partnership, adding 73 runs for the second wicket.
Despite their batting struggles, India managed to successfully defend their total. Oshadi Ranasinghe of Sri Lanka fought hard, but her dismissal put Sri Lanka in a tough spot, and they finished with a total of 97/8. Rajeshwari Gayakwad gave India an important breakthrough by taking the wicket of Hasini Perera.
In the end, India’s bowlers held their nerve, particularly in the last five overs, and secured India’s first-ever gold medal in cricket at the Asian Games 2023.
This serves as an inspiration to girls and women all over the country who strive to play sports and bring laurels to the country.