In a historic triumph, the Indian women’s cricket team secured the gold medal at the Asian Games 2023, held at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field in Hangzhou, China. This victory marked India’s maiden Asian Games campaign in cricket and showcased their exceptional skills in the T20 format.
The tournament featured nine teams, with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Thailand earning direct entries into the quarter-finals due to their top-five rankings in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings as of June 1, 2023. The remaining four teams, Indonesia, Mongolia, Hong Kong China, and Malaysia, were divided into two groups for the initial stage of the competition.
- Hong Kong China
The top two teams from each group, along with the winner of the quarter-final qualifiers between the group runners-up, advanced to the quarter-finals, where they faced India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Thailand.
Medal Winners: Asian Games 2023 Women’s Cricket
- Gold: India
- Silver: Sri Lanka
- Bronze: Bangladesh
Highlights of Asian Games 2023 Women’s Cricket:
Group Stage Matches:
- On September 19, Indonesia dominated Mongolia, winning by a massive 172-run margin.
- Malaysia triumphed over Hong Kong, China, with a 22-run victory on the same day.
- Hong Kong, China, secured a convincing 180-run win over Mongolia on September 20.
- India advanced to the semi-finals as their match against Malaysia was abandoned due to their higher seeding.
- Pakistan also progressed to the semi-finals under similar circumstances after their match against Indonesia was abandoned.
- Sri Lanka secured an eight-wicket victory over Thailand.
- Bangladesh advanced to the semi-finals as their higher seeding led to the abandonment of their match against Hong Kong, China.
- India defeated Bangladesh with an eight-wicket win to secure a spot in the final.
- Sri Lanka triumphed over Pakistan by six wickets, earning their place in the final as well.
Bronze Medal Match:
- Bangladesh clinched the bronze medal by defeating Pakistan with a five-wicket victory.
Gold Medal Match:
- In a thrilling final, India emerged victorious by defeating Sri Lanka with a 19-run win, securing the gold medal and making history.
This victory not only highlights India’s dominance in women’s cricket but also marks a significant moment for the sport’s return to the Asian Games after a nine-year hiatus.The Indian women’s cricket team’s remarkable journey and their triumph at Hangzhou 2023 will etch a pivotal moment in the history of the sport. Congratulations to the Indian team for their outstanding performance and securing the gold medal at the Asian Games 2023!