India to face Bangladesh in 2023 Asian Games cricket semifinal


Before India’s highly anticipated showdown against Bangladesh at the ODI World Cup in Pune on October 19, cricket enthusiasts will be treated to a thrilling encounter between the two neighboring nations in an entirely different setting. The first semifinal of the 2023 Asian Games men’s cricket competition, a T20I affair, is set to take place in Hangzhou, China, and promises to be equally captivating, despite its distinct context.
India, making their debut in the Asian Games cricket competition, has already claimed a gold medal, thanks to the stellar performances of Harmanpreet Kaur & Co. Now, their male counterparts, led by Ruturaj Gaikwad, stand just two wins away from replicating this achievement.
However, their path to glory won’t be easy, as they first have to contend with a determined Bangladesh side that survived a thrilling encounter against Malaysia in the quarter-finals. Gaikwad & Co. also embarked on their Asiad campaign at the same stage, securing a hard-fought 23-run victory over Nepal. This match was highlighted by Yashasvi Jaiswal’s explosive century and IPL star Rinku Singh’s aggressive inning of 37 runs off 15 balls. India batted first, amassing a total of 202 runs while losing four wickets. Simultaneously, Bangladesh managed to edge out Malaysia by just two runs in a closely contested fourth quarterfinal match.
Bangladesh has its own aspirations, aiming to secure a sixth medal in Asian Games cricket. The men’s team previously clinched gold and bronze medals in the 2010 and 2014 editions, respectively. The women’s side, on the other hand, achieved back-to-back silver medals before securing bronze in Hangzhou.
In a noteworthy parallel, the women’s teams of India and Bangladesh also crossed paths at the same stage, with India emerging victorious by eight wickets. India’s women’s team went on to capture the gold medal, defeating Sri Lanka by 19 runs in the final, while Bangladesh’s women’s team claimed bronze by defeating two-time defending champions Pakistan in the play-off.
Former Zimbabwean cricketer Christopher Mpofu, during an exclusive interview on the DAFA NEWS cricket show on NewsX, provided some statistics for this impending clash. He revealed, “This fixture has been largely dominated by India, boasting an impressive 11-1 head-to-head record against Bangladesh. The sole aberration, a seven-wicket defeat, occurred in Delhi during the 2019 series. However, since then, India has secured three consecutive victories against Bangladesh. Their most recent encounter in the shortest format of the game, during the 2022 T20 World Cup, saw India emerge victorious by five runs (DLS method). The Men in Blue have recently claimed the number 1 spot in the ICC rankings, including the T20I format. These statistics unmistakably highlight India’s supremacy over its rivals. Considering all factors, it appears that India is the favorite to win the upcoming match.”
The Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT) Cricket Field in Hangzhou, the chosen venue for the upcoming clash between India and Bangladesh, has previously hosted 20 T20I matches. The average first-inning score in these matches stands at 118.6. Therefore, spectators can anticipate a first-inning score in the range of 115-135. Additionally, the powerplay score is expected to hover around 40-45.
Cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly await this exciting contest, which promises to be a clash of cricketing titans on the Asian Games stage in Hangzhou.