India enters Finals of Women’s Asia Cup 2022 beating Thailand by 74 Runs

The ongoing 8th edition of the Women’s T20 Asia Cup got underway on the 1st of October and below we brief you on the action from the 1st Semi-Final, India vs Thailand. The game witnessed the former batting first put on a highly competitive total that they then went on to defend by bowling Thailand out and in the process, with a commanding win, sealed a berth in the Finals.

 

India enters Finals of Women's Asia Cup 2022 beating Thailand by 74 Runs. PC: CREIMAS
India enters Finals of Women’s Asia Cup 2022 beating Thailand by 74 Runs. PC: CREIMAS

Match: Semi-Final 1 – India vs Thailand

India – 148/6 (20.0)
Thailand – 74/9 (20.0)

India put in to bat first had Shafali Verma riding on her luck as she early on survived a stumping, soon a catch drop and in no time a run-out as well, but dominantly struck boundaries. Smriti Mandhana, on the other end, failed to convert her start and departed for 13(14) with 38 on board inside the 5th over, the side closed out their powerplay with 47/1 on board. Thailand tighten their lines and were rewarded with the wicket of Shafali Verma as she walked back on 42(28) and India at halfway mark were 73/2. Harmanpreet Kaur got going straightaway and Jemimah Rodrigues too clicked after a cautious start, the pair put on a fine 42-run stitch that came to an end with the wicket of Jemimah Rodrigues on 27(26). India then lost a couple of wickets in quick succession as Richa Ghosh on 2(5) and Harmanpreet Kaur after having just survived a drop chance, off the next ball on 36(30) departed. Deepti Sharma off the last ball of the innings departed on 3(5) and handy late runs from Pooja Vastrakar (13-ball-17*) pushed India’s score to 148/6.

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Thailand with the ball had Sornnarin Tippoch top the wickets chart with figures of 4-0-24-3 and had Thipatcha Putthawong, Phannita Maya and Nattaya Boochatham follow with a wicket each to their name.

Thailand in reply didn’t have the best of starts as Nannapat Koncharoenkai failed to make the most of the drop chance and she departed early on a score of 5(10). Opener Natthakan Chantham was the next to depart as she walked back for 4(14) and the side closed out their powerplay on the score of 18/2. Deepti Sharma’s bowl-out saw Thailand lose their 3rd as Sornnarin Tippoch departed for 5(10) and Chanida Sutthiruang followed in the next over with 1(7) against her name. Thailand at halfway mark got to 33/4 and finally had a partnership from the pair of Naruemol Chaiwai and Nattaya Boochatham. The pair put on a 42-run that came to a close with the wicket of Nattaya on 21(29) in the 17th over with 63 on board. A bunch of wickets then fell to close out Thailand’s innings as Rosenan Kanoh on 5(4) departed and was followed by Chaiwai on 21(41) and Phannita Maya on 0(1) off successive balls, but Rajeshwari Gayakwad was denied the hat-trick. Onnicha Kamchomphu’s run out was Thailand’s last wicket to fall as the side closed out their innings with a wicket in hand and 72 on board.

India with the ball had Deepti Sharma top the wickets chart with figures of 4-1-7-3 and was followed by Rajeshwari Gayakwad who registered figures of 4-0-10-2. Renuka Singh Thakur, Shafali Verma and Sneh Rana too made it to the chart with a wicket each to their name.

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Result – India won by 74 runs

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