With the Asian Games 2023 entering its quarterfinal stage in the Men's Cricket event, teams like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan will begin their battle to win silverware at the Hangzhou Games. On the other hand, Team India will take on the Netherlands in their second warm-up fixture ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023.
Before talking about Monday's cricket action, let's take a look at today's match preview:
ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Warm-Up matches
India vs Netherlands: After their first warm-up game against England was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain, Team India will face the Netherlands in their second warm-up clash ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023. The match between India and the Netherlands will take place at the Greenfield Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram at 02:00 p.m. IST.
Australia vs Pakistan: Patt Cummins' Australia are scheduled to square off against Babar Azam-led Pakistan at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Tuesday at 02:00 p.m. IST. While Australia's first warm-up game against the Netherlands ended with no result, Pakistan lost by five wickets against New Zealand in their first fixture.
Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka: While Afghanistan's first warm-up clash against South Africa was abandoned due to rain, Sri Lanka faced a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. The Asian giants will square off against each other in their second warm-up fixture on Tuesday at 02:00 p.m. IST at the Barsapara Stadium in Guwahati.
Asian Games 2023: Men's Cricket
Pakistan vs Hong Kong: Pakistan will begin their Asian Games 2023 campaign in the Men's Cricket category on Tuesday against Hong Kong in the quarter-final. The match will take place at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou at 11:30 a.m. IST.
Irani Cup: Rest of India vs Saurashtra
The Irani Cup clash between the Rest of India and Saurashtra in Rajkot is ongoing as the former has taken a 94-run lead after bowling out the home side at 214 runs. The Rets of India scored 308 in the first inning as Sai Sudarshan (72) was the leading scorer while Parth Bhut picked up a fifer. However, apart from Arpit Vasavada (54), no Saurasthra batter could hold the crease for a longer time. For the ROI, Saurabh Kumar picked up four wickets while Vidwath Kaverappa dismissed three players.
In this article, we will discuss the major cricket events that took place on Monday, October 2:
Asian Games 2023: Men's Cricket
India vs Nepal: After registering a huge total of 202 runs in 20 overs, India defeated Nepal in the quarterfinal of the Men's Cricket event at the Asian Games 2023 by 23 runs. India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a 48-ball-100 while Rinku Singh's (37 off 15) death over heroics helped India reach a target of 203 runs. Nepal showed tremendous resistance as they fought till the end, however, fell 23 runs short to beat India.
ODI World Cup 2023: Warm-up matches
New Zealand beat South Africa by seven runs
After placing a target of 322 runs with the help of Devon Conway and Tom Latham's half-centuries, New Zealand went on to win the rain-affected match by seven runs by the DLS method. The revised target was 219 runs in 37 overs for South Africa, however, they managed to score 211 runs as Quinton de Kock's unbeaten 84-run knock went in vain.
England won by four wickets against Bangladesh
The 50-over warm-up match between England and Bangladesh was reduced to 37 over a side game due to rain and the defending champions went on to win the game by four wickets and 77 balls remaining. England restricted Bangladesh to 188 runs with a loss of nine wickets while they chased the target in just 24 overs as Moeen Ali scored a half-century.
Hayley Matthews shines as West Indies Women beat Australia Women by seven wickets
After failing to reach her century in the 1st T20I against Australia, West Indies opener Hayley Matthews delivered another sensational performance as she scored 132 runs off just 64 balls to single-handedly guide the Windies to the win in North Sydney. West Indies women created history by chasing the target of 213 runs, which is the most in women's cricket. West Indies levelled the three-match T20I series 1-1 with the final match to be played on October 5.
The Men in Blue will next play the Netherlands in their second warm-up fixture ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023. The Rohit Sharma-led side has already travelled to Thiruvananthapuram, with the match scheduled to take place on October 3 at the Greenfield International Stadium. But as the side landed in the city, former Indian skipper and batting stalwart Virat Kohli was out of sight. As per reports quoting Crizbuzz, Kohli flew to Mumbai from Guwahati citing a personal emergency. However, it added that the batter will return soon with the side ahead of their World Cup opener against Australia, but his participation in the warm-up match still remains uncertain.