Yashasvi Jaiswal, the left-handed opening batter for India, notched up a scintillating hundred against Nepal in the quarter-final of the men’s cricket competition in the Asian Games 2023. With his inspiring performance at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou, Team India managed to defeat the Nepal cricket team by 23 runs to reach the last four of the tournament on October 3, Tuesday.
For the unversed, the Indian captain Ruturaj Gaikwad won the toss and decided to bat first against Nepal in the all-important clash. He and Yashasvi Jaiswal shared a 103-run opening stand inside the first 10 overs to give India a great start in the Asiad.
Nepal made a comeback of sorts in the match, picking up three wickets in quick succession, dismissing Ruturaj Gaikwad, Tilak Varma, and Jitesh Sharma. But, Yashasvi Jaiswal kept going on his merry ways, bringing up his hundred for India, an innings that included eight fours and seven sixes, before Deependra Singh Airee sent him back to the pavilion.
Watch Yashasvi Jaiswal smashes consecutive sixes during his hundred against Nepal:
India got a late flourish with Rinku Singh and Shivam Dube, to reach the total of 202/4 in their allotted 20 overs. In the run chase, Nepal were always behind the eight ball, with no batter playing an innings of real substance.
Kushan Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, and Sandeep Jora did score quick-fire 20s and 30s, but it was not enough for Nepal. They were held to a total of 179/9 in their allotted 20 overs with Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi taking a three-wicket haul each.