Pakistan secured a comprehensive 8 wicket victory over Thailand. ©ACC

Pakistan opened their account in the Asia Cup by securing a comprehensive 8 wicket victory over opponents Thailand in the third match of the tournament. Thailand won the toss and elected to bat first, hoping to post a competitive total on the board. However, a strong bowling and fielding performance by Pakistan prevented them from doing so.

Batting first, the Thai openers got their team off to a good start with a 31 run opening stand, but what happened next was such a catastrophic collapse that it would have been nearly impossible to recover from. From 31/0 in the 6th over, team Thailand found themselves at 32/4 in the 9th over.

Opener Natthakan Chantham and skipper Sornnarin Tippoch were the only two players to reach double figures, both scoring 17 runs each as Thailand finished their innings at 67/8 from their 20 overs. Sana Mir was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 2 for 7 from her three overs, while bowlers Diana Baig, Nashra Sandhu, Nida Rashid and Kainat Imtiaz also picked up one wicket each.

In the second innings, Thailand managed to dismiss both, opener Muneeba Ali and skipper Bismah Maroof cheaply, but fellow opener Nahida Khan (38* off 41) and Javeria Khan (18* off 19) consolidated to guide Pakistan to a convincing 8 wicket win, with 41 balls to spare. Of the two Pakistani wickets to fall, one was taken by skipper Tippoch, while the other was claimed by Nattaya Boochatham.

Nahida Khan was adjudged the ‘Player Of the Match’ for her 38* off 41.