Thailand sent high-flying Nepal into the wall inflicting a humiliating eight-wicket defeat in their second match of the ACC Women’s Premier Cricket Tournament match at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club in Thailand on Thursday.
After being bundled out for their third lowest toal in history, 39 all out in 28 overs, Thailand reached 40-2 in 13.1 overs. Nattakan Chantam smashed four boundaries in her 27-bal 25 to steer Thailand for a comfortable victory.
With a low total to defend, Nepal probably had a tough task to restrict Thailand who came into the match with experience of playing in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier last year who lifted the Shield Final defeating women’s team of the Test plaing nation Zimbabwe.
Sarita Magar and Sita Rana Magar were the only Nepali bowlers to pick up wickets. Nepal will now play against Bhutan in their third match at the Gymkhana grounds on Friday.
Earlier, Nepali batswomen failed to impress after losing wickets at regular intervals with their decision to bat first backfiring. Nepal’s lowest total is 26-8 in an 18-over final of the inaugural edition of the 2007 ACC Women’s Tournament final against Bangladesh. They were bowled out for 38 runs by Thailand in the 2013 ACC Women’s Championship semi-final.
Saraswati Chaudhary was the highest run scorer and the only player to make runs in two digits remaining unbeaten on 11 runs. Nepal’s scorecard read no boundaries. Player-of-the-match and half centurior of Nepal’s last match against Iran, Sita was out for a duck.
Apart from Sita, Karuna Bhandari and Sonu Khadka were also out for zero. Experienced batswoman Neera Rajopadhyay made five runs, Mamta Thapa made three while Sobha Aale, Sarita Magar, Mamta Chaudhary, Rubina Chetri all made two runs.
Kajal Shrestha, who was included in the team in place of Trishna Singh, made just one while Nepal got 11 runs as extras.