Thailand, having won the 2nd Twenty20 International (T20I), has leveled the 4-match series against Zimbabwe, 1-1. The 3rd T20I of the series is scheduled to be played at the Terdthai Cricket Ground on the 28th of April, 2023 at 7:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
The 2nd T20I witnessed, Zimbabwe, despite a decent start with runs of Sharne Mayers (29) and Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano (37), suffer a collapse which had them restricted to 103/9. In response, Thailand, with Nannapat Koncharoenkai (39*) and Naruemol Chaiwai (29) scoring crucial runs, although not without some difficulty, managed to win the game and level the series with 5 wickets and 3 balls to spare.
Thailand – Naruemol Chaiwai (C), Nattaya Boochatham, Sornnarin Tippoch, Chanida Sutthiruang, Natthakan Chantam, Suleeporn Laomi, Rosenanee Kanoh, Phannita Maya, Banthida Leephattana, Nanthita Boonsukham, Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Onnicha Kamchomphu, Thipatcha Putthawong
Zimbabwe – Mary-Anne Musonda (C), Josephine Nkomo, Kelis Ndhlovu, Ashley Ndiraya, Sharne Mayers, Modester Mupachikwa, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, Pellagia Mujaji, Precious Marange, Christabel Chatonzwa, Novmelo Sibanda, Francesca Chipare, Audrey Mazvishaya, Loreen Tshuma, Loryn Phiri
Players to watch out:
The 32-year-old in 58 T20Is has scored 1055 runs at an average of 22.44, a strike rate of 76.22, and has got the highest score of 64*. Post a couple of fifties in the One-Day Series, Chaiwai has followed her 18 from the T20I opener with a 29.
The 36-year-old all-rounder in 60 T20Is has scored 518 runs and has bagged 82 wickets with the best bowling figures of 4/3. Post a good One-Day series, Nattaya in the 2nd T20I registered an 18 with the bat and figures of 3/7 with the ball.
The 31-year-old batter in 31 T20I innings has scored 543 runs at an average of 23.60, a strike rate of 107.52, and has got the highest of 60. While Mary-Anne departed cheaply for just 8 in the 2nd T20I, she’d got the series underway with a 34.
The 26-year-old left-arm pacer, in 31 T20Is has struck 40 wickets and has got the best bowling figures of 5/14. Continuing on her fine form from the One-Day series, Novmelo in a couple of T20I outings, has registered bowling figures of 0/8 (2) and 0/7 (3).
With an average score of 89, the 22 yards at the Terdthai Cricket Ground make up a well-balanced pitch that offers a fair contest between bat and ball, however, spin bowlers certainly have the upper hand. Batters who are set in the middle benefit, as scoring becomes easier.
The conditions are favorable for a game of cricket at the Terdthai Cricket Ground, Bangkok with mostly sunny skies and a humidity level of 63%. The temperature is expected to range in the early 30s, and the likelihood of rain is minimal.
Fantasy playing XI:
Nannapat Koncharoenkai, Sharne Mayers, Naruemol Chaiwai, Chipo Mugeri-Tiripano, Kelis Ndhlovu, Nattaya Boochatham, Chanida Sutthiruang, Audrey Mazvishaya, Precious Marange, Loreen Tshuma, Thipatcha Putthawong
Date – April 28, 2023
Time – 7:30 AM IST
Venue – Terdthai Cricket Ground
Broadcast – All games of the bilateral series will be streamed live on the FanCode app and website.