Nanthita Boonsukham’s three-wicket haul backed up by sharp fielding to effect five run-outs derailed Nepal’s chase of 90. Nepal won the toss and having put Thailand in to bat, their bowlers bowled well to concede only three boundaries in the entire innings to restrict them to 89-7 in 20 overs.
There were stars with the bat for opener Banthida Leephattana (19), Thipatcha Putthawong (20) and Suwanan Khiaoto (16). Yet, Thailand lost wickets regularly as Manisha Upadhayay struck with the new ball dismissing the openers, both bowled.
Nepal captain Kritika Marasini took 2 crucial wickets, dismissing her opposite number Putthawong and Phannita Maya to keep the run rate in check. In reply, Nepal’s chase failed to gather any momentum as they could only manage 16 runs at the halfway stage losing 4 wickets. No batter registered a double-digit score and Anu Kadayat was the only batter to hit a boundary in Nepal’s second innings.
Player-of-the-match Nanthita Boonsukham took 3 wickets while conceding only 9 runs as Pornnapha Saehoe and Thanyalak Chumnan bagged a wicket apiece.
Yet, it was five run-outs that led to Nepal’s collapse as they were bowled out for 40 with one ball to spare in their allotment of 20 overs.
first published:June 7, 2022, 7:06 p.m.