Bangladesh comfortably win over Thailand. ©ACC

After halting India’s winning streak in the Asia Cup, Bangladesh was high on confidence. Today too, they won comprehensively against Thailand and came one step closer to the final.

Electing to field first, Bangladesh decided to maintain a good line and length in their bowling, so that Malaysia doesn’t get a chance to score runs. Their plan succeeded when the skipper Salma Khatun picked up opener Chantham’s wicket, in the second over. Fargana Hoque did no mistake while taking the catch. Chantham was dismissed after scoring just 1 off 6.

Thailand lost their other opener in the 2nd over, when Chiwai got caught leg before wicket on Jahanara Alam’s delivery. After that, they tried to build a steady partnership but that didn’t happen. Khoncharoenkai got out on the 5th ball of the 6th over to Nahida Akhter.

No batter could stay long before the destructive bowling of Bangladesh. For the Thailand team; Nattaya Boochatham, Sornnarin Tippoch and Sirintra Saengsakaorat were the only batters who reached double figures by scoring 15, 13 and 14 respectively. Fall of wickets at a regular intervals restricted their innings within 60 runs in 20 overs, with the loss of 8 wickets.

Skipper Salma Khatun and Nahida Akhter picked up 2 wickets each. Jahanara Alam, Rumana Ahmed, Fahima Khatun and Khadiza Tul Kubra bagged 1 wicket each for Bangladesh.

While chasing, it was a cakewalk for Bangladesh, as the target was a mere 60. Shamima Sultana and Ayasha Rahman opened the innings. Thailand managed to pick up their first breakthrough by taking Sultana’s wicket, when she departed on Sutthiruang’s delivery after scoring 8 off 13; giving the catch to Tippoch.

But after that, Thailand failed to pick up more wickets. Bangladesh won comfortably as they reached the target within 11.1 overs. Nigar Sultana and Ayasha Rahman both scored 25 off 28. Sutthiruang picked up the only wicket for Thailand.

Salma Khatun received the ‘Player of the Match’ award for her wonderful spell (2/6 in 4 overs, including 19 dot balls).