India win by 19 runs, and they have won the gold medal at the women's cricket event at the Asian Games! A historic moment for Indian cricket, and they have been full value for their victory today! Back of a length outside off. Prabodhani cuts it into the off side and trudges across to the other end. The celebrations begin in the Indian camp, all of them are walking around with smiles on their faces. They know they have come up trumps when it really mattered. As for Sri Lanka, well, they might be left with a feeling of what might have been!
5:38pm And that brings us to the end of our coverage. India finish with the gold medal, with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh finishing second and third, respectively. A historic day for Indian cricket, and this is a day all of these girls will remember for a very, very long time. It was a pleasure bringing all the updates to you throughout, and hope you enjoyed it as much as we loved bringing this coverage to you. Until we meet next, this is me (Shashwat) signing off on behalf of Sudeep, Vairavan and everyone else at ESPNcricinfo. Goodbye and take care!
Women's cricket might now be done at the Asian Games, but there's a lot more action happening, head over to ESPN's live coverage for all the latest updates on India's contingent in Hangzhou.
5:33pm This was also Harmanpreet Kaur's 100th game as T20I captain, and she could not have hoped for a better outcome. She has now become only the second women's cricketer to captain her nation in 100 T20Is, behind Meg Lanning.
5:13pm After the heartbreak at last year's Commonwealth Games and the T20 World Cup semi-final defeat earlier this year, the Indian women's cricket team have finally laid their hands on the big prize. Their batting did not particularly blow Sri Lanka out of the water but it ensured that their bowlers had something to bowl at.
Titas Sadhu was the star of the show with the ball, picking up three wickets in her first spell and knocking the wind out of the Sri Lankan sails. Her spell also included the scalp of Athapaththu, which set the Sri Lankans back considerably. The spinners then did their bit, squeezing the Sri Lankan batters and forcing them to take risks.
Speaking of Sri Lanka, there were patches where they seemed in the hunt, especially when de Silva and Perera were at the crease together. Once the latter perished, though, it was a struggle. That sort of sums up their batting performance - moments that promised much, but were undermined by losing crucial wickets at vital junctures.
stumped by a mile! Fired in full outside off. Sugandika pre-meditates her advance and swings at it, because, well, why not. Misses the ball completely and Ghosh holds her nerve to effect the stumping!
full outside off. Sugandika drills it towards extra cover, who misfields and ends up conceding the second
Three legal balls and India are home
length delivery hung well outside off. Sugandika steps across her stumps, slogs at it and then misses. Not called a wide because of her shuffle
length on off stump. Priyadharshani drops it into the off side and scampers across to the other end. India will not mind this...
back of a length on off stump. Sugandika goes back and pulls it towards deep mid wicket
Gayakwad to bowl the final over. SL need 25. Surely India have done enough to win this game?
all SL manage is a wicket! Floated up nicely on leg stump, and it seems Dilhari has been done in by the flight. Comes down the track, looking to maul it over cow corner but is not to the pitch of the ball. Swings way too early and the ball spoons up off the leading edge. Ghosh calls early and makes no mistake!
25 off 7 now. SL need a six this ball
length on leg stump. Sugandika comes down the track and heaves it towards deep square leg
much fuller on off stump, and that allows Dilhari to get some purchase on the slog. Cannot get it past deep square leg, though
given even more air on a length outside off. Dilhari swishes and misses
Srinivas Kasarl: "what are the highest runs scored in last two overs of run-chases in WT20Is?" -- Across the last two overs, the highest runs successfully chased down are 25 - by Bangladesh against Sri Lanka earlier this year
has Dilhari run herself out?! Flighted up again outside off. Dilhari looks to mow it over cow corner. All she manages, though, is an outside edge that flies past the keeper. Short third cuts it off and fires it back at the stumps as Dilhari tries to scamper back for the second. Stretches every sinew and just about makes it! From one angle, it seemed she had made it, but from another, it looked touch-and-go. In the end, the umpire made the right decision!
flighted up full outside off. Sugandika has a slog at it and squirts it off the inside edge towards short fine leg
Devika to bowl the penultimate over. SL need 30 to win off 12 balls
fuller and slower outside off. Sugandika continues swinging like a rusty gate and makes no contact. Ghosh does not gather cleanly, though, and the batters sneak in a bye
length on leg stump. Sugandika swipes at it and misses it completely
Sugandika is the new batter in
Ranasinghe perishes! Is that the game?! Length delivery on off stump that grips in the surface and bounces extra again. Ranasinghe, like she did earlier in the over, looks for the reverse but can only pop it straight to short third because of the extra bounce! SL sink further into trouble!
full on off stump. Dilhari gets down on one knee again and slugs it to deep mid wicket
The physio is out, checking up on Dilhari
gets pinged on the grille! Full on middle and off. Dilhari hacks across the line and the ball kisses the top edge before hitting her flush on the grille
well well! Tossed up just outside off. Ranasinghe has a massive go at the reverse sweep, almost switching over to a right-hander. Misses it completely and the keeper cannot gather either. SL get a bye for all their troubles
Deepti to bowl the 18th
Right. 33 needed off 18. Unless Harmanpreet decides to go back to Amanjot, this could be an all-spin passage to close out the game for India. Gayakwad has two overs left. Deepti and Devika have an over apiece left
back of a length delivery outside off stump that zips through. Dilhari throws the kitchen sink at it but is beaten for pace
shortish on off stump. Ranasinghe takes her eyes off the ball slightly and hoicks it on the bounce to deep mid wicket
|Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field|
|Toss||India Women, elected to bat first|
|Series result||India Women won the 2023 Asian Games Women's Cricket Competition|
|Match number||WT20I no. 1671|
|Match days||25 September 2023 - day (20-over match)|