Both Malaysia Women and Thailand Women lost their opening round of group matches against India Women and Pakistan Women respectively on the 1st day of action in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Women’s 2018 Asia Cup in Malaysia.
While Malaysia Women batting performance was a big let-down for them in their chase of a tough 170 set by India, Thailand Women will be pretty happy for the fact that even if they managed to score only 67/8, they batted out the entire 20 overs against a strong Pakistan Women attack.
Malaysia’s Winifred Duraisingam, Ainna Hamizah and Noor Hayati conceded 86/2 in their combined 12 overs and that is no mean feat considering the strong batting line-up of India Women. The trio can again be the key to Malaysia’s next game against Sri Lanka Women on 04th Jun 2018. Christina Baret, Duraisingam, Mas Elysa and Sasha Azmi will look to contribute more heavily with the bat this time around to provide the bowlers some chance.
Nattakan Chantam, Sornnarin Tippoch and Nattayas Boochatham will be key with the bat for Thailand Women in their next game against India Women on 04th Jun 2018. The confidence of batting out 20 overs against Pakistan notwithstanding, Thailand will look to at-least go beyond 100 against an equally strong Indian bowling attack.
With defending a low total against Pakistan, Chanida Sutthiruang didn’t have much to do with the ball but her being an integral part of the bowling attack for Thailand, few early strikes from her can go a long way in Thailand putting up a good show against India Women.