Friday, May 24

Shafali Verma Makes History as First Indian Cricketer to Achieve Remarkable Feat at Asian Games

Indian cricketer Shafali Verma has etched her name in history as the first Indian cricketer to achieve a remarkable feat at the Asian Games. Verma’s outstanding performance in the women’s cricket competition at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China, has earned her a unique place in Indian sports history. Her exceptional skills with the bat and her contributions to the team have been widely celebrated, making her a trailblazer in the world of cricket.

Shafali Verma showcased her exceptional batting prowess during India’s women’s cricket opener at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. Despite the match being interrupted by rain in the second innings, the 19-year-old opener left her mark by becoming the first Indian cricketer to score a half-century in the Asian Games. Verma’s incredible performance saw her score 67 runs off just 39 deliveries, including four boundaries and five towering sixes. Her fifty was marked by a powerful six in the second delivery of the 11th over, where she expertly dispatched a full delivery from Winifred Duraisingam for a maximum, cementing her place in history.


Shafali Verma Makes History as First Indian Cricketer to Achieve Remarkable Feat at Asian Games
Shafali Verma Makes History as First Indian Cricketer to Achieve Remarkable Feat at Asian Games


The cricket match in Hangzhou faced a delay due to unfavorable weather conditions, with rain interrupting play. Malaysia had initially won the toss and chose to bowl first. India had a strong start, with stand-in captain Smriti Mandhana contributing 27 runs off 16 deliveries, propelling India to 57/1 in 5.2 overs. However, rain disrupted the game temporarily when India had reached 60/1 in 5.4 overs. Following the rain delay, the first innings resumed, and Shafali Verma established a solid partnership with Jemimah Rodrigues. The rain-induced interruptions led to a reduction in the number of overs to 15 for each side.

Shafali Verma‘s departure in the 13th over shifted the responsibility of concluding the innings to Jemimah Rodrigues and Richa Ghosh. Richa played a dominant role in the 15th over, helping India reach a total of 173/2 in 15 overs, thus setting a target of 174 runs for Malaysia. Both Richa and Jemimah remained unbeaten, bolstering India’s position. Richa showcased her aggressive batting skills, scoring 21* runs from seven deliveries, which included three boundaries and a six. On the other hand, Jemimah contributed 47* off 29 balls, striking six fours during her innings. In terms of Malaysia’s bowling, Mas Elysa and Mahirah Izzati Ismail managed to take one wicket each.

Facing a target of 174 runs, Ainna Hamizah Hashim and Duraisingam were the opening pair for Malaysia. However, rain interrupted play after just two deliveries. Since the rain persisted, the match was eventually called off, with Malaysia only managing to score 1/0 in 0.2 overs. Due to India’s higher ranking, they advanced to the semi-finals. Notably, regular captain Harmanpreet Kaur will also miss the semi-finals as she received a two-match suspension from the ICC for her outburst during an ODI against Bangladesh in July.

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