The ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 is less than 10 days away, and teams have started arriving in India to prepare for the quadrennial showpiece. On the other hand, Asian Games 2023 has witnessed their inaugural winners after the final between India and Sri Lanka women's teams.
Before we discuss the cricket action that took place on Monday, check the preview for today's matches:
Bangladesh vs New Zealand
Despite dominating the rain-affected first ODI against New Zealand, Bangladesh went on to lose the second ODI against the Kiwis on Saturday. The Tigers will look to win the third and final match of the series at their home against New Zealand to boost their ODI World Cup 2023 preparations. The match will take place at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur at 8:00 a.m. GMT.
England vs Ireland
After the first match got abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain, England defeated Ireland by 48 runs in the second ODI on Saturday. The Three Lions will now look to clinch the series by winning the third and final match of the ODI series against Ireland. The match will start at 11:30 a.m. GMT.
Here, we will look at the major cricket action that took place on Monday, September 25, 2023:
Asian Games 2023: India women's bag gold after beating Sri Lanka in final
The Indian women’s cricket team defeated Sri Lanka by 19 runs to win the gold medal at the Asian Games 2023 on Monday, September 25. On a difficult batting pitch at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field in Hangzhou, Jemimah Rodrigues (42) joined Smriti Mandhana (46) in the middle, stitching together an important partnership of 73 runs for the second wicket. Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur returned for the final after serving a two-match ban.
- Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Sanjeewani takes flying catch to dismiss skipper Harmanpreet Kaur
- Asian Games 2023: Smriti Mandhana's emotional reaction to winning gold for India
- Bangladesh Women beat Pakistan Women to settle for bronze at Asian Games 2023
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma return as Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur rested for final ODI against Australia
After winning back-to-back ODI matches and clinching the three-match ODI series 2-0 with the third and final match scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Team India have made some notable changes. The Men in Blue have rested in-form batter Shubman Gill and all-rounder Shardul Thakur, who have been playing continuously, however, the final ODI between India and Australia will see the return of senior players, including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli after the two were rested as part of their workload management. Jasprit Bumrah, who didn’t travel to Indore to play the second ODI against Australia, is expected to be back for the third match in Rajkot.
Sachithra Senanayake gets bail over match-fixing charges
After getting arrested over match-fixing charges this month, former Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake on Monday was granted bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court. The 38-year-old was compelled to pay two personal sureties of LKR five million each, to get his bail application accepted in court, after they established no evidence against him for influencing the investigation.
ICC ODI World Cup 2023: Pakistan team receive visas for India
After some delays, the Pakistan cricket team has received visas for their trip to India for the Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign. The quadrennial tournament's Pakistani players and support staff will receive their visas, on Tuesday and the next day the team will depart for India through Dubai. The 1992 World Champions will travel to Hyderabad from Dubai two days before their first practice game.
ECB to take measures to reduce sexism and grow women’s cricket
The England Cricket Board has announced that to make cricket more inclusive after research uncovered rampant discrimination throughout the sport, it will create an independent regulator and increase spending in the women's game. The Independent Commission for Equity in Cricket (ICEC), which found evidence of prevalent racism, misogyny, classism, and elitism, made 44 recommendations in its report, and the ECB responded on Monday.
Guyana Amazon Warriors skipper Imran Tahir thanks Ashwin after winning CPL title
Guyana Amazon Warriors won their first-ever CPL title after their dominating nine-wicket win over Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday. After leading his team to lift the CPL 2023 trophy, skipper Imran Tahir thanked Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin for predicting that his team would win the title.
In a post-match conference, Tahir said, "Also want to thank our analyst Prasanna [Agoram] - he's been working every day, 20 hours a day, and giving me all the plans. I'm really, really grateful to him, and also want to thank Ashwin from India. He said before the competition that we will do it."
You can picture Andrew Flintoff being involved as a full-time coach: Ben Stokes
After recovering from a near-fatal accident he suffered on the sets of Top Gear last December, England legend Andrew Flintoff has been working as an unpaid assistant coach for the England men's team during their one-day series against New Zealand. However, his stint was extended to involve him in the ongoing Ireland series. Ben Stokes told The Telegraph, "You can picture him being involved as a full-time coach."