Women’s Asia Cup
Kuala Lumpur, June 4: Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur’s all-round show helped India notch up their second successive win in the women’s Asia Cup as the women-in-blue defeated Thailand by 66 runs at the Royal Selangor Club here on Monday.
After firing a 17-ball unbeaten 27 runs, Kaur starred with her off-spin, scalping three wickets at the cost of just 11 runs.
Put in to bat, India posted 132/4 as the entire top order contributed well with the bat. While openers Mona Meshram (32) and Smriti Mandhana (29) took India to a good start, Anuja Patil’s 22, Kaur’s 27 and Veda Krishnamurthy, who chipped in with 11 runs, took India to a competitive total in the allotted 20 overs.
Later, the Indian bowlers, riding on their experience and accuracy, dominated their opponents and struck at regular intervals to restrict Thailand to a meagre 66/8 in 20 overs. Apart from Kaur’s 3/11, off-spinner Deepti Sharma bagged a couple of wickets for 16 runs while Poonam Yadav and Pooja Vastrakar took a wicket each.
With two wins from as many games, the Indian women top the charts with four points. India will next take on Bangladesh in their third match of the tournament on Wednesday.
Brief Scores: India women 132/4 (Mona Meshram 32, Harmanpreet Kaur 27 not out, Wongpaka Liengprasert 2/16) beat Thailand 66/8 (Nattaya Boochatham 21, Harmanpreet Kaur 3/11, Deepti Sharma 2/16) by 66 runs. IANS