This was always going to be the toughest match for China in the Asian Games women's cricket competition, playing Pakistan for the first time since the last Asian Games tournament. But they will be disappointed with the heavy nature of the defeat, which was even more comprehensive than that last meeting back in 2010.

Put into bat by Pakistan captain Sana Mir, China's innings did not go according to plan. It is definitely safe to say that they struggled against their more experienced opponents, as shown by them only scoring 15 runs in the first 10 overs of their innings. At one point they collapsed from 19-1 to 20-7 in under four overs.

They were eventually bowled out for 37, with Zhang Mei the only member of the batting line up to reach double figures. Nida Dar was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers, taking four wickets for seven runs from her three overs.

Pakistan lost a wicket early on in their chase, but there was to be no similar collapse in their innings. They cruised to a nine wicket win, knocking off the required runs in 8 overs. They will face Bangladesh in tomorrow's gold medal match, after the Bangladeshis beat Sri Lanka in the other semi-final today.

China's medal hopes are not over yet though, as they will face Sri Lanka in tomorrow's bronze medal match. Whilst they may not win a medal, reaching the semi-finals has been an important moment in Chinese cricket history. Their men's team may be consistent under-performers, but the women's team are fast becoming one of the top teams in the region.


Pakistan Women beat China Women by 9 wickets
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon
China Women 37 (19 overs, Nida Dar 4-7)
Pakistan Women 41-1 (8 overs)

Bangladesh Women beat Sri Lanka Women by 25 runs
Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon
Bangladesh Women 95-4 (20 overs)
Sri Lanka Women 70 (18.2 overs, Panna Ghosh 5-10)