Asian Games 2023, IND vs AFG: Cricket History at the Asian Games! Indian cricket team wins Gold medal without Winning the Match!
Asian Games 2023, IND vs AFG: Team India will face Afghanistan in the final of the Asian Games 2023 cricket tournament today. The Indian women’s cricket team had already honored India by winning the gold medal in this traditional tournament. On the other hand, Afghanistan cricket also came to the field today with a lot of hope. Earlier, they beat a tough opponent like Pakistan in the semi-finals to make it to the final.
Rain delayed the start of the match and India won the toss and elected to bowl first. As a result, Zubayd Akbari and veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad came to bat for Afghanistan. However, both the openers completely failed and left the field. Unfortunately, Noor Ali, who batted brilliantly in the last match, was run out.
Shahidullah then took charge of the team for Afghanistan. In the face of India’s tough bowling attack, he batted brilliantly and took the scoreboard forward. Shahidullah remained unbeaten on 49 off 43 balls with three fours and two sixes when the match was stopped due to rain in 18.2 overs. Along with him, captain Gulbadin Naib also scored 27 runs. As a result, Afghanistan reached 105 runs after losing 5 wickets.
For India, Arshdeep Singh, Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Ravi Bishnoi took one wicket each. After 18.2 overs, not a single ball was bowled in the match. Both sides were waiting until the end of the match. But the rain ruined everything. But that didn’t matter to India. The Indian cricket team was awarded a gold medal after the match was abandoned. As a result, India won its 27th gold medal at the Asian Games this year.
Well done #TeamIndia! 🇮🇳
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 7, 2023
Shahidullah scored the highest score for the Afghan team, scoring 49 runs in 43 balls. Captain Gulbadin’s 24-ball 27 came from the bat. Ravi Bishnoi, Shivam Dube, Arshdeep, and Shahbaz Ahmed took one wicket for India. However, today’s match was postponed due to rain. The match had to start at 2.38 pm IST. But there was no possibility. If the match is not played, according to the rules of the Asian Games, the top team of Asia in the ICC rankings will win the competition. Since India is the top team in Asia and they are the top qualifiers in this competition, this medal has been given to India.
Asian Games 2023: India vs Afghanistan Scoreboard
Afghanistan 112/5 (18.2 overs)
Shahidullah- 49 (43)