Beijing, 7/10: The Indian men’s cricket team clinched the gold medal on its Asian Games debut after their final against Afghanistan was called off due to rain, and the Ruturaj Gaikwad-led side was adjudged winners by virtue of being seeded higher in the continental ranking.
Put in to bat, Afghanistan were 112 for 5 in 18.2 overs when persistent rain halted the proceedings at the Zhejiang University of Technology Cricket Field, and the match never restarted from that point. The Afghans had a jittery start and were reduced 12/3 inside four overs after their top three — Zubaid Akbari (5), Mohammad Shahzad (4) and Noor Ali Zadran (1) — fell cheaply.
Shivam Dube (1-0-4-1) got the first breakthrough when he had Akbari in his first over. Akbari perished going for a hook shot to a rising delivery by the Indian pacer. In the next over, wicketkeeper-batter Shahzad was caught behind off a delivery from Arshdeep