Yashasvi Jaiswal Century : India began their Asian Games campaign with a resounding 23-run win over Nepal in the quarter-finals. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s blistering century set the tone, backed by a strong collective bowling effort, to take them to the semi-finals after Nepal were 179/9.
Chasing a huge target, Nepal faced early setbacks as Avesh Khan made a crucial breakthrough, dismissing Aasif Sheikh for 10. Despite their efforts to stabilize the innings, Nepal suffered another setback in the 9th over. Sai Kishore removed Kushal Bhurtel who scored 28 runs.
Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi claimed three wickets each and contributions from Arshdeep Singh (2 wickets) and Sai Kishore (1 wicket) contributed to India’s strong bowling performance. India’s young opening pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad wasted no time in their match against Nepal in launching an early attack against the Nepalese bowlers. They impressively reached the 50-run mark in just 4 runs.
With Jaiswal’s fiery bowling, he scored a scorching half-century in just 22 balls after hitting a stunning six in the 7th over of the innings.
Acting as a stabiliser, Ruturaj unfortunately got out in 10th place after 25 runs thanks to Nepal’s Dipendra Singh Airee.
Nepal secured their second wicket in quick succession when Sompal Kami was dismissed by Tilak Varma in the 12th over. At the opposite end, Jaiswal continued his explosive performance and consistently took on the Nepali bowlers in every innings. He scored a remarkable century in the 16th over and did it in just 48 balls. But Jaiswal’s wonderful innings came to an end when Airee bowled a full toss which Jaiswal failed to clear, resulting in Bohara being caught.
Rinku Singh’s batting prowess was on full display during the final innings as the 25-year-old helped India set a remarkable target of 202 runs in the quota of 20 overs.
Yashasvi Jaiswal Century , Brief Score: India 202/4 (Yashasvi Jaiswal 100, Rinku Singh 37, Dipendra Singh Airee 2-31) vs Afghanistan 179/9 (Dipendra Singh Airee 32, Sundeep Jora 29, Ravi Bishnoi 3-24).