Bangladesh vs Thailand
Bangladesh continued their winning run in the Women’s Asia Cup as they crushed a hapless Thailand side by nine wickets in Kuala Lumpur. Salma Khatun and Nahida Akter shared four spoils between them, while Ayasha Rahman (25*) and Nigar Sultana (25*) stitched an undefeated 54-run stand for the second wicket, as Bangladesh chased down the paltry target of 61 for the loss of just one wicket.
Thailand, who were inserted into bat, lost wickets at regular intervals. Nattaya Boochatham (15), Sornnarin Tippoch (13*) and Sirintra Saengsakaorat (14), batting at No.9, were the only three batters who crossed the double-digit mark. The only consolation for Thailand was that they were able to bat out the full quota of overs, losing eight wickets in the process. While chasing down a paltry target, Shamima Sultana was dislodged in the third over by Chanida Sutthiruang. However, Rahman and Sultana steered them home. Bangladesh now have six points from four games. On the other hand, Thailand just have a solitary win to their name so far.
Brief scores: Thailand 60/8 in 20 overs (Nattaya Boochatham 15; Salma Khatun 2-6) lost to Bangladesh 62/1 in 11.1 overs (Ayasha Rahman 25*, Nigar Sultana 25*) by nine wickets.
Malaysia vs Pakistan
A clinical Pakistan thumped Malaysia by a massive margin of 147 runs in the Women’s Asia Cup. The pair of Bismah Maroof (62 runs) and Nida Dar (41 and four wickets) continued their good work as the hosts crashed to 30 all out, in pursuit of 178.
Malaysia, who elected to bowl, found some success, early on in the innings, as Pakistan were reduced to 59 for 3 in the ninth over. However, the pair of Dar and Maroof, the captain of the side, came to Pakistan’s rescue, with a stand of 85 for the fourth wicket. Sana Mir, the former Pakistan captain, also made a timely contribution down the order, with a quickfire 7-ball unbeaten 14.
Once they posted a substantial total, Dar spun a web around the opposition batters with her off-spin. Winifred Duraisingam, the home side’s captain, was the only one to reach double figures as Malaysia were cleaned up by the penultimate over. Pakistan, who have six points to their name, will next face India in a key clash on June 9.
Brief scores: Pakistan 177/5 in 20 overs (Bismah Maroof 62, Nida Dar 41) beat Malaysia 30 in 18.4 overs (Nida Dr 4-5) by 147 runs.
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