Tigresses slip against Thailand
Bangladesh Women's cricket team tasted their first defeat against Thailand at the ICC Women's World Cup qualifier match in Harare, yesterday. Chasing a humble target of 177, Thai opener Sornnarin Tippoch and Natthakan Chantham strung together a 97-run opening partnership. Tippoch played a 69-run knock, featuring seven boundaries, and was adjudged the player-of-the-match.
Chantham played as a second-fiddle, scoring 37 runs. After their departure, Nannapat Koncharoenkai and skipper Naruemol Chaiwai remained unbeaten on 14 and 5 runs, respectively, before bad light halted the play when Thailand were at 132 for 2 after 39.2 overs. Thailand was eventually declared the winners as they won by 16 runs in D/L method.
Earlier, Tigresses were sent in to bat first. Sharmin Akhter, who scored a blazing ton against USA in the previous match, couldn't keep her form going as she and skipper Nigar Sultana both departed after scoring a solitary run. Opener Murshida Khatun scored 46 runs and yielded a 84-run third-wicket stand with Fargana Hoque before Thai bowler Tippoch scalped her wicket.
Fargana went on to score a half-century before getting plucked by Nattaya Boochatham, who ran over Bangladesh's lower-middle-order to restrict the Tigresses by 176 runs for eight wickets in 50 overs.
Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the World Cup qualifiers beating Pakistan and USA in the first two matches. Bangladesh will face Zimbabwe on their fourth match in the campaign.