Asian Games – Enoshi Priyadarshini’s brilliant performance leads Sri Lanka to semi-finals; Bangladesh advances after washout

Sri Lanka 84 for 2 (Sanjivani 32, Puthavong 2-21) Thailand 78 for 7 (Suthiruang 31, Priyadarshini 4-10) by eight wickets

Inoshi PriyadarshiniCareer best returns of 4 out of 10 and quick innings of 32 runs Anushka Sanjivani Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals after defeating Thailand by eight wickets in the Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Chasing 79 in a rain-affected 15-over-a-side quarter-final, Sri Lanka won in 10.5 overs.

The start of the game was delayed by about one and a half hours due to rain and wet outfield. Once the weather cleared, Sri Lanka opted to take the field under gray skies.

Udeshika Prabodhini found some action in the air, but it was Priyadarshini who caused the initial damage as four of the first five wickets fell. He hit four fours twice in his first over – the second of the innings – dismissing Suvanon Khiyaoto and Natthakan Chantham. In his next over, he dismissed Nannapat Koncharoenkai before dismissing Naruemol Chaivai with a smart catch and bowled dismissal.

At 37 for 6, Thailand were falling rapidly but had a 29-run partnership in between Chanida Suthiruang And Fannita Maya arrested the slide with a touch. Suthiruang top-scored with 31 not out and was the only batsman to reach double figures as Thailand managed to reach 78 for 7 in 15 overs.

After this Chamari Athapaththu and Sanjivani made light work of the chase. They completed their 50-run partnership in the sixth over, before Thipcha Puthavong dismissed Athapaththu, who hit a slog sweep to mid-on.

Puthavong also removed Sanjivani but by then the damage was done. Thailand were not helped by their ground fielding; He made many mistakes and missed opportunities. Harshitha Samarawickrama closed the game with a pull to deep square leg in the 11th over.

Sri Lanka will face Pakistan in the second semi-final on Sunday.

Bangladesh has reached the semi-finals due to rain

Rain gave the final say in the fourth quarter-final of the Asian Games, with the Bangladesh-Hong Kong game abandoned without a single ball being bowled. As a result, Bangladesh has qualified for the semi-finals as they have a better seeding and will now face India in the first semi-final on Sunday.

Three of the four quarterfinal games have been abandoned, while the other game has been reduced to 15 overs each due to persistent rain.

An India-Bangladesh semi-final is an exciting prospect given the recent history between the two sides. India toured Bangladesh in July this year for a three-match T20 and ODI series. While India won the T20I 2–1, the ODI series ended in a 1–1 draw and was followed by major controversies regarding umpiring. The events also saw India’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur Creature Fined and given four demerit points Due to her anger, she had to miss the first two matches in the Asian Games.

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