Women's Asia Cup T20 2022, Semi-final 1: Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma shine as India Women hammer Thailand Women by 74 runs to enter final

Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma proved too good for Thailand Women in the Asia Cup semi-final. Pic: BCCI

India Women booked their place in the Women's Asia Cup T20 2022 final after hammering Thailand Women by 74 runs in the first semi-final at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium on Thursday, October 13.

Thailand Women won the toss and opted to bowl first. Shafali Verma top-scored for India Women with 42 off 28 while Harmanpreet Kaur (36 off 30) and Jemimah Rodrigues (27 off 26) also made decent contributions. Sornnarin Tippochโ€™s three for 24, however, restricted the Indians to 148 for six.

Deepti Sharma (3/7) and Rajeshwari Gayakwad (2/10) then came up with excellent bowling performances to restrict Thailand Women to 74 for nine in 20 overs.

๐ˆ๐๐“๐Ž ๐“๐‡๐„ ๐…๐ˆ๐๐€๐‹ ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ™ŒA superb bowling performance from #TeamIndia to beat Thailand by 7๏ธโƒฃ4๏ธโƒฃ runs in the #AsiaCup2022 Semi-Final ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ #INDvTHAI Scorecard โ–ถ๏ธโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ“ธ Courtesy: Asian Cricket Council

Sharma struck in the third over, having Nannapat Koncharoenkai (five) caught as the batter attempted a sweep. Shafali, who had dropped Natthakan Chantham earlier in the over, did not make any mistake this time. Sharma also dismissed Chantham (four) in her next over as Thailand Women got off to a nervous start in the chase.

Next, the off-spinner had Tippoch (five) caught behind with a well-flighted delivery. She finished with exceptional figures of 3/7 from her four overs. Renuka Singh carried on the great work for India Women, sending Chanida Sutthiruang (one) on her way with an excellent yorker. Sneh Rana ended Nattaya Boochathamโ€™s resistance on 21, trapping her lbw with a tossed-up delivery.

Shafali joined the fun by having Rosenan Kanoh (five) stumped as Thailandโ€™s chase completely derailed. Experienced left-arm spinner Gayakwad claimed the scalps of Naruemol Chaiwai (21) and Phannita Maya (0) off consecutive deliveries in the penultimate over.

L. B. W! ๐Ÿ‘†@SnehRana15 strikes as #TeamIndia scalp the fifth Thailand wicket. ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ™ŒFollow the match โ–ถ๏ธโ€ฆ #AsiaCup2022 | #INDvTHAI ๐Ÿ“ธ Courtesy: Asian Cricket Council

Sharma then effected a direct run-out of Onnicha Kamchomphu (two) in the last over to further assert India Womenโ€™s dominance in the semi-final.

Shafali Verma rises to the challenge for India Women

Earlier, aggressive opener Shafali ensured that India Women put up a competitive score on the board. She smashed five fours and a six in her 28-ball knock. The Indian openers added 38 before Smriti Mandhana (13) hit a low full-toss from Phannita Maya straight to mid-on.

Shafaliโ€™s innings ended in the 10th over when she miscued a flighted delivery from Tippoch to short midwicket. Rodrigues played a patient knock before being caught at long-on off Thipatcha Putthawongโ€™s bowling.

4โƒฃ2โƒฃ Runs1โƒฃ Wicket1โƒฃ Catch@TheShafaliVerma bags the Player of the Match as #TeamIndia beat Thailand. ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘Scorecard โ–ถ๏ธโ€ฆ #AsiaCup2022 | #INDvTHAI

Skipper Harmanpreet then struck some crucial boundaries to ensure India Women finished with a challenging score. Sharma and Gayakwad then did the needful with the ball.

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Edited by Renin Wilben Albert
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