Bangladesh, on a high after back-to-back wins over Pakistan and India, put up another strong display, beating Thailand by nine wickets in their Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup clash in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (June 7).
Asked to bat first, Thailand could only put up 60/8 following an all-round bowling performance from Bangladesh, who had all their bowlers picking up at least one wicket. The chase was clinical, finished off in just 11 overs without much fuss.
It took just nine balls for the first Thailand wicket to fall, with Salma Khatun sending back Nattakan Chantam. Wickets didn’t fall in a rush, to be fair to Thailand, but by the end of 11 overs, they were 31/5 as the runs dried up.
But Nattaya Boochatham’s 15 from No.3, as well as captain Sornnarin Tippoch’s 13* and a 17-ball 14 from Sirintra Saengsakaorat late in the innings helped Thailand bat their 20 overs.
For Bangladesh, Khatun (2/6) and Nahida Akter (2/10) were the most successful bowlers, while Jahanara Alam, Fahima Khatun, Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed, the star of Bangladesh’s memorable win over India, picked up one wicket apiece.
Chanida Sutthiruang then accounted for Shamima Sultana, who had scored 31 and 33 in the last two games, in the third over of the Bangladesh chase, but that was the only bit of joy for Thailand.
After that, Ayasha Rahman, the other opener, and Nigar Sultana batted with composure to chip away at the target. Rahman was the more watchful of the two, while Sultana scored quicker, till Rahman slammed the first ball of the 12th over, bowled by Tippoch, for six to end the game.
Both batters finished with identical 28-ball unbeaten 25s.
Bangladesh have now won three of their four games to get to six points, while Thailand only have the two points from their win over Malaysia. Thailand next play Sri Lanka in their final game on Saturday, while Bangladesh finish up with their fixture against bottom-placed Malaysia on the same day.