After the resounding victory over hosts, Malaysia on the opening day of the Asia Cup, India made some changes in their playing XI for the match against Thailand. Veda Krishnamurthy was drafted in place of Mithali Raj (rested), the star batter of the last match. Ekta Bisht got the chance to play in place of Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Thailand won the toss and elected to field first. With Raj sitting out; Mona Meshram opened the innings with Smriti Mandhana. Both the openers gave a steady start to the team; added 53 runs in 56 balls.
It was Boochatham, who handed Thailand their first breakthrough in the 9th over, by taking the wicket of Mandhana, with O Khamchompu taking the catch. Veda Krishnamurthy came in at No. 3; which was not too fruitful. She also joined Mandhana in the pavilion after scoring 11 runs.
Opener Mona Meshram scored 32 runs in 45 balls. All-rounder Anuja Patil made quick 21 runs. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s 27 runs came in just 17 balls as she led India to a respectable total. Their 49-run stand came off just 35 balls. Kaur finished the innings off with Pooja Vastrakar, who managed to find a boundary off the last delivery to lift India to 132.
It was not an easy chase for Thailand. Openers Chantam and Chaiwai started their innings and managed only 6 runs in 3 overs before Vastrakar gave the first breakthrough by taking Chantham’s wicket. Kaur picked up another opener Chaiwai’s wicket in the 11th over.
None of the other batters could score well as skipper Harmanpreet Kaur tore down the opposition with the ball. She finished her 3 overs with figures of 3 for 11. Deepti Sharma picked up 2 wickets. Pooja Vastrakar and Poonam Yadav bagged 1 wicket each and restricted their opponents within 66 runs in 20 overs. India won the match by 66 runs.
Harmanpreet Kaur was adjudged with the ‘Player Of the Match’ award for her 27* off 17 and 3/11.