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WATCH: Harmanpreet Kaur sets an umbrella field for Rajeshwari Gayakwad's hat-trick ball, video goes viral

It all happened when Indian spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was bowling her last and the penultimate over of the second innings of the match...

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Indian women’s team locked horns with Thailand women in the first semi-final of the Women’s Asia Cup 2022. Thailand skipper Naruemol Chaiwai won the toss and asked the Indian team to bat first at Sylhet International Stadium in Sylhet. Batting first, India posted a decent total of 148 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

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While chasing the target, the Thailand women could score only 74 runs for the loss of nine wickets in all 20 overs. Eventually, India won the match by 74 runs. An interesting incident also happened during this knockout match between India and Thailand. The video of this moment has also gone viral over social media within minutes of being shared by a Twitter user.

It all happened when Indian spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was bowling her last and the penultimate over of the second innings of the match. Gayakwad scalped two wickets on two successive deliveries of the over. It included opponent skipper Naruemol Chaiwai and lower-order batter Phannita Maya. She was on a hat trick on the last ball of the over.

Before she went to deliver the last ball of the 19th over that was her hat-trick ball too, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur decided to set a field and a well-designed trap to make sure that Gayakwas could complete her hat-trick. But unfortunately, she happened to miss the wicket and couldn’t achieve the historic mark in the Women’s Asia Cup.

Here’s the video:

Speaking of the match, young opener Shafali Verma played a brilliant knock of 42 runs off 28 balls with five boundaries and a six to her name. Other than Shafali, skipper Harmanpreet also played a crucial knock of 36 runs off 30 balls with four boundaries in her account. On the backs of these knocks, India posted a total of 148 runs for the loss of six wickets in the allotted 20 overs.

While defending the target, Indian bowlers gave no chance to Thailand for crossing the line. Deepti Sharma scalped two wickets alongside Rajeshwari Gayakwad who claimed two wickets. Renuka Singh, Sneh Rana, and Shafali Verma also picked one wicket each to restrict Thailand only on the score of 74 runs for nine wickets in the 20 overs.

Indian girls will now face Sri Lanka in the final of the tournament for the title.

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