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Women's Asia Cup 2022: India End Group Stage With Crushing Nine-Wicket Win Over Minnows Thailand

Batting first, Thailand were skittled out for just 37 in 15.1 overs. In reply, India reached their target in six overs. For India Sneh Rana took three wickets for nine runs.

Sneh Rana celebrates after taking a Thailand wicket in a match of Women's Asia Cup 2022.
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India bundled out Thailand for a paltry 37 in their final round-robin game of the ongoing Women’s Asia Cup 2022 and overhauled the target in just six overs to enter the semifinals as the top-placed team on Monday in Sylhet, Bangladesh. (More Cricket News)

Invited to bat, Thailand struggled to navigate the Indian spin attack as their innings folded in 15.1 overs. All-rounder Sneh Rana (3/9) led the India bowlers with a three-wicket haul. Spinners Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/8) and Deepti Sharma (2/10) picked up two wickets each.

Medium pacer Meghna Singh (1/6) accounted for one batter. Baring Nannapat Koncharoenkai (12), none of the Thailand batters could reach double figures as wickets fell in regular intervals. In fact, Nannapat and Natthakan Chantham's (6) 13-run opening stand was their highest.

In reply, last match hero, Shafali Verma, was the only Indian wicket to fall as S Meghana (20 not out) and Pooja Vastrakar (12 not out) saw the team home with 14 overs to spare. India finish their group stage proceedings on 10 points from six games. India only loss came against arch-rivals Pakistan.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan have also qualified for the semifinals already, who play against each other in the final round-robin game. However, the fight is between Thailand and hosts Bangladesh for the final semifinal spot.

At present, Thailand are placed fourth with six points from as many games. Bangladesh are fifth with four points from five games.

Bangladesh play their final round-robin game against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday and if they manage to win by a healthy margin, the hosts would pip Thailand for the final semis spot on net run-rate. Thailand are having −0.949 NRR compared to Bangladesh’s 0.423.          

“A big shout out to all girls for making my 100th T20 International special,” stand-in skipper Mandhana said after the match. “I wouldn't say weaker opposition and Thailand played good cricket but our bowlers really didn't give them any chance,” Mandhana was all praise for her bowling unit.

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