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Asian Games 2023: Rain to decide women’s cricket semifinalists

Asian Games 2023: Rain to decide women's cricket semifinalists
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The Asian Games 2023 women’s T20 tournament has been a rollercoaster of surprises and interruptions. Unpredictable weather, marked by persistent rain, disrupted several matches, leading to unforeseen twists in the competition’s outcome.

Rain showers were the deciding factor in the semi-final line-up. India and Pakistan, arch-rivals on the cricket field, found themselves propelled into the semi-finals due to abandoned games. Pakistan’s match against Indonesia was washed out by rain, while India faced off against Malaysia before rain curtailed play.

In accordance with Asian Games rules, when a knockout match is marred by rain and abandoned, the team with the higher ICC ranking or the top-seeded side advances further in the competition.

Meanwhile, the men’s tournament at the Asian Games 2022 has been progressing with intensity. Matches are being contested at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou. India, being among the top-ranked sides as per ICC’s rankings, has already secured a place in the quarter-finals.

India’s first quarter-final is slated for October 3, with their opponent yet to be determined from the pool of three qualifiers. A victory for India would propel them into the semis, where they would lock horns with one of the victorious teams from the quarter-finals.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is set to lead the Indian squad at the Asian Games 2022, featuring other promising talents like Rinku Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, and Jitesh Sharma, who have impressed in the Indian domestic circuit.

Despite a solitary fixture on India’s schedule, the Men in Blue are prime contenders to make it to the ultimate showdown on October 7. The Indian captain has showcased sublime form, exemplified by a stellar fifty against Australia in the ongoing ODI series, recently held at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

Where to watch Asian Games 2023 cricket in India, US, and UK?

Indian fans can catch the live action on Sony Sports Network via various channels, including Sony Sports Ten 1 SD (English), Sony Sports Ten 1 HD (English), Sony Sports Ten 3 SD (Hindi), Sony Sports Ten 3 HD (Hindi), Sony Ten 4 SD (Tamil and Telugu), and Sony Ten 4 HD (Tamil and Telugu). Live streaming is available on the Sony Liv app.

For fans in the US and UK eager to watch the India Women vs. Malaysia Women Asian Games 2023 1st Quarter Final match, a VPN service will be necessary, as the match won’t be broadcast or streamed on any platform in those regions.

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