HANGZHOU - Bangladesh Women secured the bronze medal by defeating Pakistan Women with a five-wicket victory in the 19th Asian Games women’s cricket event’s thrilling encounter at the Zhejiang University of Technology Pingfeng Cricket Field in Hangzhou on Monday.
Pakistan women cricket team, which won the gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 editions, couldn’t perform well and finished fourth in the mega Asian event. Later in the day, India Women played out their best and succeeded in clinching the gold medal by defeating Sri Lanka Women by 19 runs, leaving Sri Lanka Women with the silver medal.
Batting first, Pakistan Women managed to post a total of 64 for nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs. All-rounder Aliya Riaz was the top scorer for her team, contributing 17 runs from 18 balls, including two boundaries. Captain Nida Dar added 14 runs from 18 balls with one boundary, while Sadaf Shamas scored 13 runs off 26 balls with one four, and Natalia Pervaiz contributed 11 runs off 24 balls. Shorna Akter was the standout performer for Bangladesh, taking three wickets for 16 runs, while Sanjida Akter bagged two wickets.
In response, Bangladesh Women lost five wickets but managed to reach the modest target in 18.2 overs. Shorna Akter played a pivotal role with the bat, remaining unbeaten on 14 runs from 33 balls. For Pakistan, left-arm spinner Nashra Sundhu was the leading wicket-taker as she claimed three wickets for 10 runs from her four overs.
AISAM/AQEEL AND USHNA/ SARAH TRIUMPH IN DOUBLES TENNIS MATCHES
Pakistan’s doubles tennis teams achieved remarkable victories in the 19th Asian Games tennis matches on Monday.
Aisam ul Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan, representing Pakistan in the men’s doubles tennis match, outclassed the East Timor duo of Antonio Mendes and Agapito Guterres Ferreira with a commanding 2-0 victory, securing scores of 6-1, 6-1. On the other court, Pakistan’s dynamic duo of Ushna Suhail and Sarah Ibrahim Khan showcased their skill and teamwork as they triumphed over the Mongolian pair of Yesugen Ganbaatar and Sonom-yanzum Enkhjargal with a convincing 2-0 win, with the scoreline reading 6-1, 6-0.
However, in the women’s singles matches, both Pakistani female players faced formidable opponents from China and the Philippines, resulting in challenging contests. Ushna Suhail competed against China’s star player Zhu Lin. The Chinese player leveraged her extensive experience and skills to emerge victorious with a straight-set win, claiming both sets 6-0. A similar scenario unfolded for Pakistan’s Sarah Ibrahim Khan, who went up against the Philippines’ tennis sensation, Eala Alex. In a dominating performance, Eala Alex did not concede a single point to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory, with the scoreline mirroring 6-0, 6-0.
Meanwhile, in the disciplines of taekwondo, shooting, rowing, swimming, sailing, and wushu, Pakistani athletes faced significant challenges, resulting in outcomes that fell short of expectations and left room for disappointment.