Thailand beat Malaysia by 50 runs on Sunday to win their third straight Women’s Asia Cup game. The match took place at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS). Right-hander Nannapat Koncharoenkai scored the most runs for Thailand, which is trying to get into the semifinals. His 41 was a key part of the team’s 115/5 win.
The bowlers then kept Malaysia from scoring more than 65 runs in 20 overs.
After rain kept the game from starting on time, Malaysia made Thailand bat first. Natthakan Chatham was caught by Sasha Azmi in the second over, which was a big break for Malaysia. This was a setback for them early on.
Most of the dropped catches by the Malaysian fielders were caught by Captain Naruemol Chaiwai and her deputy, Nannapat. This helped Thailand’s innings get back on track. In the 10th over, when runs were hard to come by, Naruemol hit the first boundary of the partnership.
Then, to keep the score going for Thailand, the two of them started running between the wickets. The two of them scored 56 runs together before the Thailand captain was out at 28 because of a sharp throw from Aisya Eleesa at deep extra cover.
Nannapat was moving along well and on track to get her third T20I fifty. But Nur Dania Syuhada made a great catch at short fine leg to end her turn at 41 off 45 balls. Chanida Sutthiruang’s two fours at the end of the game helped Thailand get to 115/5 in 20 overs.
For Malaysia, captain Winifred Duraisingam took two wickets for 13 runs in three overs, and Sasha Azmi was at her most economical with 1/12 in four overs. Elsa Hunter hit a four off Nattaya Boochatham early in the chase, but her partner, wicket-keeper Wan Julia, got out for a duck in the second over.
Captain Winifred joined Hunter, but it was hard for her to find her groove. In the powerplay, Malaysia only scored 21 runs.
After the power play was over, Elsa was run out, and Mas Elysa was out in three balls. Winifred’s hard time came to an end when she got stuck on 15 in the 16th over.
From there, Malaysia fell to 65/8 in 20 overs, giving Thailand a huge boost in their net run rate and an important win.
Thailand beat Malaysia by 50 runs with a score of 115/5 in 20 overs (Nannapat Koncharoenkai 41, Winifred Duraisingam 2/13, Mahirah Izzati Ismail 17, Thipatcha Putthawong 2/7) over 20 overs.
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