Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma shine as India Women hit the hammer Thailand Women with 74 runs to reach the final
Indian women their reservation in Women’s Asian Cup T20 2022 finally after hammering Thai women by 74 runs in the first semi-final at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, October 13.
The Thai woman won the throw and chose to eat first. Shafali Verma scored the highest for the Indian Women with 42 points 28 while Harmanpreet Kaur (36 points 30) and Jemimah Rodrigues (27 points 26) also made significant contributions. However, Sornnarin Tippoch’s number three is 24, which limits the number of Indians to 148 for six.
Deepti Sharma (3/7) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/10) then put on excellent bowling performances to limit the Thai Women to 74th place for nine out of 20 rounds.
Sharma attacked in the third inning, caught by Nannapat Koncharoenkai (five) as the batter tried to sweep. Shafali, who had dropped Natthakan Chantham before, didn’t make any mistakes this time. Sharma also eliminated Chantham (four) in the next place as the Thai Women started the tension in the chase.
Next, the off-spinner player has Tippoch (five) caught in the back with a favorable delivery. She finished with the exceptional metric of 3/7 from her four passes. Renuka Singh continues the great work for Indian Women, sending Chanida Sutthiruang (one) on her way with an outstanding yorker. Sneh Rana ended Nattaya Boochatham’s resistance on the 21st, holding her back with a tumble serve.
Shafali joins the fun by leaving Rosenan Kanoh (five) confused when the Thai chase completely derails. Experienced left hand crank Gayakwad caused Naruemol Chaiwai (21 years old) and Phannita Maya (0) consecutive burns in the penultimate position.
Sharma then knocked out Onnicha Kamchomphu (two) in the last leg to further assert the dominance of the Indian Women in the semi-finals.
Shafali Verma rises to challenge Indian women
Prior to that, Shafali opened the scoring positively ensuring that the Indian Women had a competitive score across the board. She smashed five four and six of her 28 batting shots. India’s opening goal added 38 before Smriti Mandhana (13) hit a low throw from Phannita Maya straight into the middle.
Shafali’s turn ended in the 10th round when she misplaced a short Tippoch to midwicket serve. Rodrigues played a patient shot before being caught in the middle of long ago playing bowling with Thipatcha Putthawong.
Skipper Harmanpreet then crossed some key boundaries to ensure the Indian Women finished with a challenging score. Sharma and Gayakwad then made the necessary tackles.