Gold medal favorites India will face off against Bangladesh in Semi Final 1 of the Asian Games. India has an edge over Bangladesh having won four of the last five T20I matches but Bangladesh is not a side to be underestimated. A thrilling contest can be expected when the two teams meet at the Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field on Sunday, 24th September.
India: Smriti Mandhana ( c ), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Amanjot Kaur, Devika Vaidya, Pooja Vastrakar, Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Minnu Mani, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry, Anusha Bareddy
Bangladesh: Fargana Hoque, Sobhana Mostary, Nigar Sultana( c ), Ritu Moni, Nahida Akter, Shamima Sultana, Fahima Khatun, Lata Mondal, Marufa Akter, Sanjida Akter Meghla, Rabeya Khan, Disha Biswas, Shorna Akter, Sultana Khatun, Shathi Rani
Players to watch out:
Jemimah Rodrigues is an impressive batter who has amassed 1798 runs in 84 T20Is. She has been in great touch with the bat in the past few matches and was one of the best players in the series against Bangladesh. India will hope that she continues her excellent run to secure a place in the finals.
All rounder Deepti Sharma can play an important role in the game against Bangladesh. In 96 T20Is, she has scored 955 runs with a high score of 64 and has taken 105 wickets which includes a 4 wicket haul. She was decent in the series against Bangladesh and the team will hope that she performs at her best level in the game.
Captain of the Bangladesh side, Nigar Sultana will be a player to watch out for. In 79 matches, she has amassed 1515 runs with a high score of 113 and has taken 19 catches and 32 stumpings. Her team will expect her to perform well in the all important clash against India.
27 year old Sultana Khatun is a player who India will have to watch out for. She was exceptional in the series against India and did not go wicketless in any match. Moreover, with the pitch assisting spinners, we can expect her to dominate in the game.
The pitch at the Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field will provide conditions ideal for batting. Amongst bowlers, spinners can be expected to dominate the game.
Cloudy conditions can be expected during the match with the temperature being 28 degree celsius and humidity being 80%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Nigar Sultana, Richa Ghosh, Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Shafali Verma, Rabeya Khan, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Nahida Akter, Sultana Khatun
Date – 24th September, 2023
Time – 6:30 AM, IST
Venue – Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field
Broadcast – The game will be live streamed on the SonyLiv App and Website and telecasted on the Sony Sports Network.
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