The Indian Women’s cricket team won the gold medal at the ongoing Asian Games 2023 which is taking place in Hangzhou. They defeated Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the final on Monday. After winning the toss, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur opted to bat first. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues scored 46 and 42 respectively and stitched a 73-run partnership for the second wicket.
The Indians managed to post a total of 116/7 in 20 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka batters kept losing wickets at regular intervals and as a result, they were bundled out at 97/8 and India secured the gold medal, winning by 19 runs. For India, it was Titas Sadhu who exploited the new ball by dismissing both the openers Chamari Athapaththu and Anushka Sanjeewani and also snared Vishmi Gunaratne, leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 14 for 3 in 4.2 overs. Batters Hasini Perera and Nilakshi de Silva did try to put up a fightback as both went on to add a 36-run stand. Perera made 25 runs off 22 balls while De Silva collected 23 runs off 34 deliveries.
Moments after winning the Gold medal, Twitter started buzzing with a lot of congratulatory messages from the sports fraternity.
Here are some of the reactions on social media:
Many congratulations to our Women’s Cricket team on winning the #GoldMedal after a wonderful performance against Sri Lanka in the finals.
— Team India (@WeAreTeamIndia) September 25, 2023
IT’S A GOLD 🥇
Congratulations to our Women’s Cricket Team on their astounding debut at the #AsianGames and bring home 🇮🇳’s 1st-ever GOLD in Cricket!!
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 25, 2023
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) September 25, 2023
Congratulations, @BCCIWomen, for clinching the first-ever gold medal 🥇 in cricket for our nation! A historic feat achieved with a superb all-round performance. Well played, girls. 🇮🇳#INDvSL #IndiaAtAG22 pic.twitter.com/HJ1Rjhhz8q
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) September 25, 2023
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) September 25, 2023
Champions!! Congratulations @ImHarmanpreet and the entire squad for their exemplary performance. Special shoutout to the youngster @titas_sadhu and @mandhana_smriti and @JemiRodrigues 👏🏾#AsianGames pic.twitter.com/gpmDy3sSmI
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) September 25, 2023
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 25, 2023
An outstanding victory for our Indian women’s cricket team at the Asian Games final! Heartiest congratulations, champions!#AsianGames
— Cheteshwar Pujara (@cheteshwar1) September 25, 2023
🚨 Second 𝐆𝐎𝐋𝐃 for 🇮🇳 in #AsianGames2023 🚨
The Indian Girls have done it!! 💐💐🏏🏏
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 25, 2023