Thailand upset Pakistan in Women’s Asia Cup

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SYLHET: Thailand beat Pakistan by four wickets to hand the Green-shirts their first loss in the ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) on Thursday morning.

Chasing a modest 117-run target, Pakistan bowlers kept Thailand batters in check as Thailand chased down the target on the penultimate ball of the match. Requiring 16 runs from two overs, the 19th over went for only six runs bowled by Nida Dar and she picked the prized scalp of Natthakan Chantham who top-scored with a 51-ball 61, which included five fours and two sixes.

With 10 runs required of the last over, Rosenan Kanoh struck Diana for a four on the second ball to help her side achieved the target with four wickets in hand.

Nida and Tuba Hasan bagged two wickets apiece, while Nashra Sandhu and Kainat Imtiaz took a wicket each.

Earlier, after opting to bat first, Sidra Amin continued her fine form in the tournament, she top-scored with a 64-ball 56, smashing six boundaries. Pakistan scored 116 for five in their 20 overs at a slow and low track.

This was Pakistan’s first loss in the tournament. In three outings in the tournament, Pakistan have won last two matches played against Malaysia and defending champions Bangladesh. The team will now take on arch-rivals India tomorrow at the SICS. The match will be broadcast live on PTV Sports, with toss taking place at 12 and first ball to be bowled at 1230pm PKT.

Scores in brief:

Thailand beat Pakistan by four wickets

Pakistan 116-5, 20 overs (Sidra Amin 56; Sornnarin Tippoch 2-20)

Thailand 117-6, 19.5 overs (Natthakan Chantham 61; Nida Dar 2-26, Tuba Hasan 2-18)

Player of the match – Natthakan Chantham (Thailand)

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