Asian Games 2023: Shafali Verma increased the tension of the Indian team despite playing a stormy innings
Asian Games 2023: The Indian women's cricket team's explosive opener Shafali Verma scored 67 runs with the help of four fours and five sixes in 39 balls against Malaysia on Thursday. The match between India and Malaysia was canceled due to rain. With this, the Indian team has entered the semi-finals. Shafali Verma's injury, however, has increased the concern of the Indian camp.
The Indian women's cricket team played its first match at the Asian Games 2023 on Thursday. The quarter-final match was played between India and Malaysia in Hangzhou.
Malaysia won the toss and decided to bowl first, which proved to be completely wrong. Indian captain Smriti Mandhana (27) and Shafali Verma (67) gave the team a great start with a partnership of 57 runs.
Even after Mandhana's dismissal, Shafali Verma continued her stormy avatar. The right-handed female batsman scored 67 runs in just 39 balls with the help of four fours and five sixes. She made a partnership of 86 runs with Jemimah Rodriguez for the second wicket in just 47 balls.
Verma and Rodriguez were closely monitoring the news of the Malaysian bowlers. Both were playing one shot after another. But in the 13th over of the innings, Jemima played a powerful shot, which went straight and hit Shafali Verma's right wrist. The physio immediately came and treated Shafali and tied a bandage on her. However, Shafali's injury has increased the concern of the Indian team. It remains to be seen whether he will need a scan or not.
Shafali was successful in lifting the bat, but she was out in the same over. Shafali Verma created history during her innings. She was also the top scorer of the Indian team. The Indian team scored 173 runs losing two wickets in 15 overs revised due to rain. In reply, Malaysia had just scored 1 run in two balls when rain came and after some time the umpires announced the cancellation of the match. The Indian team entered the semi-finals.