India and Thailand squared off in the highly anticipated Women’s Asia Cup 2022 first semi-final at the Sylhet International Stadium in Bangladesh. Thailand unexpectedly entered the top four while India had became the first team to earn a spot on the main stage. However, six-time winners India ended their incredible run and advanced for a record-breaking eighth time to the finals.
India was given the opportunity to bat first after Thailand won the toss and decided to bat first. India got off to a strong start thanks to experienced openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana, who got right to work as soon as they took the field. When Phannita Maya ejected Mandhana from the powerplay, Thailand made its first significant progress. Before being bowled by Sornnarin Tippoch in the 10th over, Verma quickly scored runs and advanced the game.
Tippoch added two more dismissals to her total as she eliminated Richa Ghosh and Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Before losing their individual wickets, Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues put up some solid runs, while Kaur held down the fort in the middle overs. India’s cameo in the last few overs enabled them to finish the innings at 148/6 thanks to Pooja Vastrakar.
When Deepti Sharma struck out the first two batters when India was on the powerplay, India made an early breakthrough, delaying Thailand’s pursuit. The Indian bowlers prevented the Thailand hitters from gaining momentum and from making strong swings. Thailand had many chances to score for free hits because to Radha Yadav’s intermittent exits, but they were unable to take advantage of them.
Nattaya Boochatham and skipper Naruemol Chaiwai formed a relationship in the center, but they were still unable to get the necessary goal. In the end, wickets kept dropping, and Thailand’s batting lineup crumbled. India defeated Thailand by an enormous 74 runs to go to the Women’s Asia Cup 2022 finals for the seventh time in a row.