Bangkok: India convincingly beat hosts Thailand by nine wickets, registering their second win in a row in Match 3 of the Women’s Asia Cup T20 at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground, in Bangkok, on Sunday.
Skipper and opener Harmanpreet Kaur was the top scorer with 35 runs, while fellow opener Sabbhineni Meghana remained unbeaten on 29.
Thailand’s skipper Sornnarin Tippoch claimed the only wicket that fell in the Indian innings. Harmanpreet was the only batter to be dismissed, with Tippoch returning with the figures of 1 for 17. India are now just a couple of wins away from sealing the final spot from the remaining three games.
Earlier, minnows Thailand set a small target of just 70 for big guns India in the Match 3. Thailand’s Ratanaporn Padunglerd was the top scorer with 20 runs, while Mansi Joshi claimed a couple of wickets for just eight runs. Previously, Thailand skipper Sornnarin Tippoch won the coin toss and elected to bat first, while the Indian bowlers gave a perfect start to their game, as they claimed the opening couple of wickets in quick succession, carrying the confidence after they beat Bangladesh in the opening game on Saturday.
Thailand finished on a mere total of 69 for the loss of 5 wickets, thus setting India a mere target of just 70 runs to wrap the game up.
Thailand Women 69 for 5 in 20 overs (Ratanaporn Padunglerd 20; Mansi Joshi 2 for 8) vs India Women 70 for 1 in 11.1 overs (Harmanpreet Kaur 35, Sabbhineni Meghana 29*; Sornnarin Tippoch 1 for 17) by 9 wickets.