Today at the Zheijng University of Technology Pingfen cricket venue, Bangladesh was eliminated from the men’s cricket competition at the Hangzhou Asian Games by India by a score of nine wickets. The match was played in a low-scoring first semifinal.
On the other hand, Bangladesh will have yet another chance to defend the bronze medal that they won in the Incheon Asian Games in 2014. On Saturday, they will play the team that came in last place in the second semifinal match between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
After holding Bangladesh to 96 for nine in their allotted number of overs, the India team, who were competing in the Games for the first time, breezed through the win goal of 97 runs with 10.4 overs left on the clock, losing just one wicket along the way.
Ripon Mondal took out the opener Yashasvi Jaiswal in the very first over of the match, but skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad and one-down Tilak Varma made the match a one-sided affair with their undefeated scores of 40 and 55, respectively.
After being given the opportunity to bat first and facing some disciplined bowling from India, the hitters for Bangladesh conceded the game.
The only three batters to reach the double-digit mark were the opener Parvez Hossain Emon (24), the middle-order batsman Jaker Ali (24), and the lower-order batsman Rakibul Hasan (14).
Tomorrow’s bronze-medal match between Bangladesh and whomever comes out on the losing end of the second semifinal between Pakistan and Afghanistan will take place.