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19th Match, Group B, Sydney, Mar 3 2020, ICC Women's T20 World Cup
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• The Report by Vishal Dikshit

Rain ruins Thailand's dream of Pakistan upset

Thailand's openers alone made more than how much they managed in each of their three games earlier

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Scores: @Thilak_Rama
Comms: Alex Malcolm
Scorecard summary
Thailand Women150/3(20 overs)

That concludes our coverage of this Group B match between Thailand and Pakistan. Thailand posted their highest ever T20I score but rain ruined the game in the end.

Now we wait to see what happens with South Africa and West Indies. Thanks for your company for this match.

Sornnarin Tippoch: "The openers were positive and aggressive and they did very well opening the batting for us. We have opportunity to come here and play against the big teams. I think it is good for us. We want to play here and keep doing well. (People at home) will be happy, same as us. They will be cheering. Now we are superstars for our country I think because we are the models for the girls and the boys to play cricket. We will be preparing for the next World Cup."

Javeria Khan: "Yes, definitely (we were surprised by Thailand). It gave us the lesson that during cricket no team is bigger or smaller, you have to be on your toes every time. I'd like to congratulate them for playing such fearless cricket and they have taught us many things today. It was a day where no bowler except Nida was able to execute her plans. Diana upfront bowled well initially but it was a day where the resources we had, every bowler was not able to come and execute the plan. Credit to Thailand, whatever questions I put they gave me answers to every question and they played some brilliant cricket. We'll walk away with our heads held high and our girls played some good cricket. We beat West Indies. We came a lot closer to beating South Africa but we made crucial mistakes at crucial times. 90 per cent of the game was in our hands but the 10 per cent cost us. This World Cup was quite positive for us. We need to understand now where we have to go forward and where we have to look into our mistakes and be critical about ourselves and not stay in denial about what needs to be done."

5.58pm The game has been called off. It's a washout with Thailand and Pakistan sharing the points in their last game.

That's a shame for both teams. Thailand batted so well and deserved a chance to defend their highest ever T20I score. Pakistan likewise deserved a chance to atone and try and set a new record for their highest ever chase. Alas, it's not to be. Now we have to wait to see if South Africa and West Indies can get on. It doesn't look good at the moment.

5.45pm We are 18 minutes from the cut off time and I don't think we will get back on. Andrew McGlashan, who is at the ground, says it's very wet and the rain has set in now. The radar does not look good. The second game between South Africa and West Indies will be impacted as well.

Sarah A: "Do not want to take anything away from Thai Players, they were brilliant. But to imply that Pakistanis could not have chased that, is a bit demeaning. I wish they had batted today to prove their mettle. "

5.30pm No news is not good news for Thailand.

P Narain: "I know you can't control the weather, but this is injustice for Thailand. This was their game for the taking. Pakistan weren't likely to chase it down. They deserved the two points"

shirish: "The rain threat on semifinal shows how important it was for SA and India to win their games against england and aussies"

5.20pm Still a steady drizzle, Gnasher says from the ground and the radar doesn't look good. Alex will take over soon...

Hazel: "Rain or shine, THI-W have just served notice they've arrived! Are we seeing the birth of a new powerhouse?"

Kaylee: "If there is no game between SA and WI, will they both not get a point? Taking SA top of the group?" That's right.

5.05pm Andrew McGlashan says from the ground: Thailand players have moved from the dugout back inside the stadium (still smiling)...no movement in the middle. We're losing overs from 5.11pm local time and have to start by 6.03pm.

Thee is a fair bit of rain (15-30mm) forecast for day after, the day of the two semi-finals in Sydney. In case they're both washed out, the teams that topped their groups will play the final. The semi line-up is A1 (Ind) v B2 and A2 (Aus) v B1 which makes today's second game - South Africa v West Indies - even more crucial as it will decide if SA top the group or England.

Although, Alex warns me: they had 100mm forecast for the BBL final at the SCG and still played so I'd be careful predicting the semis will be washed out.

Deeps: "I really want to see this match end with a result. Would be a beauty to see Thai women win this. "

4.55pm Plenty of people asking when we'll start losing overs and what's the cut-off time, given the second match starts in two hours. I think we start losing overs at 5.11pm local time.

Bob Jones: "What are the rules? They can't even start in light drizzle? This game will be a no result and the next game will probably be abandoned. Thank you Sydney."

Bharath Venkata: "I am afraid that might be it for the day in terms of play. The rain radar for Sydney and surrounds ain't looking great. Whilst not heavy, there is going to be persistent rain. In fact, even the semi finals on Thursday might be impacted by rain. Do they have a reserve day for the Semi finals? Or do the table toppers go through to the finals?"

4.45pm Alex tells me Pakistan are 0-15 while chasing 150-plus total in T20Is. This will be their 16th attempt. Looks like the rain is coming from the north-western side and might stay for a bit longer. Here's what the umpires said as it became heavier:

Claire Polosak: Rain has gotten heavier, there's 30mins time before losing overs. We're trying to maximise the play we can and see what's safe as well

Chris Brown: For now we'll keep an eye on the weather, at the moment covers do their thing.

Calitha: "Nooooo! I know Sydney needs the rain, but can it just hold off for like 90 mins please?"

4.34pm Oh hello, it's raining and the umbrellas are out. No really a rain but more of a heavy drizzle, the Thailand players are in a huddle near the boundary, and the pitch has been covered. The umpires talking to the two captains as another cover is rolled out near the square region.

bimalc632@gmail: "The shots by Chantam and Boochatham were mesmerizing to watch. No extra effort, just pure timing and elegance. Future looks bright for Thai women! "

Yadullah: "Wait for the biggest upset of women WC history. Same unpredictable nature, as Pak men's cricket team. I think, unpredictability is in our genes."

4.30pm Thanks Alex. And that was one breathtaking performance from the Thailand top order. Those booming cover drives, inside-out shots, sweeps, and the rainfall of boundaries, 23 fours in all. Massive task for Pakistan, their best score while chasing is 144, just a few months ago against England, although while chasing 171.

end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
THI-W: 150/3CRR: 7.50 
Onnicha Kamchomphu2 (2)
Nannapat Koncharoenkai20 (13)
Nida Dar 4-0-17-1
Anam Amin 4-0-40-1

Innings break Thailand post 150 for the first time in a T20I. Amazing performance by the Thailand team. It was led by a stunning 93-run opening stand from Chantam and Boochatham. Chantam made 56 and Boochatham 44. The rest kept the rate moving. Pakistan's bowlers struggled with the exception of Nida Dar and Diana Baig.

Nattakan Chantam: "I really enjoyed playing against these bowlers. I followed my plans and did my job. I really the World Cup. If we have more games we will improve."

Pakistan women have never chased more than 139 in a T20I. They will need to set a new record to avoid defeat here. Vishal will be back with the chase.

19.6
2
Nida Dar to Onnicha, 2 runs

full on off, she tries to heave to leg but slices it to long off, Aliya misfields and they sprint back for two!

19.5
Nida Dar to Onnicha, no run

arm ball, fired across the right hander at 83kph, she tries to cut but misses

Onnicha Kamchomphu

19.4
W
Nida Dar to C Sutthiruang, OUT

clean bowled! 85kph, yorker length, Dar fired it in under the bat as she tried to slog sweep. It crashes into middle. Well bowled by Dar.

Chanida Sutthiruang b Nida Dar 20 (15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 133.33
19.3
1
Nida Dar to Nanna, 1 run

flatter, good length, 86kph, she advances and lofts down the ground but doesn't time it, only gets one

19.2
Nida Dar to Nanna, no run

slanted across the right hander, she sweeps behind square but picks out the fielder

19.1
1
Nida Dar to C Sutthiruang, 1 run

short and wide, she's back and hammering a cut to deep cover

Dar around the wicket

end of over 1912 runs
THI-W: 146/2CRR: 7.68 
Chanida Sutthiruang19 (13)
Nannapat Koncharoenkai19 (11)
Anam Amin 4-0-40-1
Nida Dar 3-0-13-0
18.6
1
Anam Amin to C Sutthiruang, 1 run

74kph, looped up outside off, she drives to long off

Sem: "This is carnage!!!!!"

18.5
1
Anam Amin to Nanna, 1 run

full outside off, 76kph, she drives to cover on the circle but they only get one as it doesn't get through

18.4
1
Anam Amin to C Sutthiruang, 1 run

full outside off, 78kph, she sweeps firmly along the ground to deep midwicket

Azam: "Remember it's batting which let down THI in the world cup, They are good enough in bowling, Pakistan will have to bat really well"

18.3
1
Anam Amin to Nanna, 1 run

full outside off, she drives to long off

18.2
4
Anam Amin to Nanna, FOUR runs

a brilliant sweep behind square! It was fuller and quicker, she nearly got yorked shaping to slog sweep, she got the bat down quickly and placed it past backward square!

18.1
4
Anam Amin to Nanna, FOUR runs

swept fine again! Drifting down leg with fine leg up and she swept it beautifully past short fine!

end of over 189 runs
THI-W: 134/2CRR: 7.44 
Chanida Sutthiruang17 (11)
Nannapat Koncharoenkai9 (7)
Nida Dar 3-0-13-0
Omaima Sohail 3-0-20-0

Naveen S: "What is the highest team score by Thai women?" That is now Thailand's highest T20I score. Surpassing 133 against Netherlands in 2019

17.6
4
Nida Dar to C Sutthiruang, FOUR runs

short and wide and she carves this up and over point! Too short and wide and she thumped it with conviction

17.5
2
Nida Dar to C Sutthiruang, 2 runs

quicker short ball, 82kph, she mistimes a pull in the air forward of square into the gap for a couple

17.4
2
Nida Dar to C Sutthiruang, 2 runs

tossed up again outside off, she moves leg side and drives inside out through cover-point for a couple

17.3
Nida Dar to C Sutthiruang, no run

full outside off, she drives to cover

17.2
Nida Dar to C Sutthiruang, no run

nearly bowled! Arm ball outside off, drifting in, she tries to sweep but it slides under the bat and misses off

Over the wicket

17.1
1
Nida Dar to Nanna, 1 run

81kph, pushed through on leg, she whips this away through square leg

Nida Dar around the wicket

end of over 179 runs
THI-W: 125/2CRR: 7.35 
Nannapat Koncharoenkai8 (6)
Chanida Sutthiruang9 (6)
Omaima Sohail 3-0-20-0
Diana Baig 4-0-21-1
16.6
1lb
Omaima Sohail to Nanna, 1 leg bye

yorker length angled down leg, it comes off the foot and runs to third man for a leg bye

16.5
2
Omaima Sohail to Nanna, 2 runs

another full toss down leg, 72kph, she sweeps with the one hand getting it fine of short fine, Baig has a touch chase to prevent a boundary

Best performances - batters
Natthakan Chantham, player portrait
N Chantham THI-W
56 runs (50)
10 fours
0 six
Control88%
Productive shot
cover drive
27 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Nattaya Boochatham, player portrait
N Boochatham THI-W
44 runs (40)
8 fours
0 six
Control78%
Productive shot
cover drive
18 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Nida Dar portrait
Nida Dar PAK-W
O
4
M
0
R
17
W
1
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Diana Baig portrait
Diana Baig PAK-W
O
4
M
0
R
21
W
1
ECO
5.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Sydney Showground Stadium
TossThailand Women, elected to bat first
SeriesICC Women's T20 World Cup
Season2019/20
Match numberT20I no. 864
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.30, Interval 15.30-15.50, Second Session 15.50-17.20
Match days3 March 2020 - day (20-over match)
WT20I debut
Ayesha Naseem
Ayesha Naseem
Umpires
New Zealand Image
Chris Brown
Australia Image
Claire Polosak
TV Umpire
West Indies Image
Jacqueline Williams
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Gregory Brathwaite
Match Referee
Australia Image
Steve Bernard
PointsThailand Women 1, Pakistan Women 1