Women's T20 WC: Rain denies Thailand first win after record score

Thailand put up its highest T20I score against Pakistan in the final Group B fixture of the Women's T20 World Cup which was washed out on Tuesday.

The picture of the rain-hit Sydney Showground on Tuesday. Rain had also delayed the next match between West Indies and South Africa.   -  ap

Thailand posted its highest Twenty20 international score at the Women's T20 World Cup on Tuesday, but it proved to be in vain with its clash against Pakistan abandoned because of rain.

The Asian national had lost all three of its previous games in its first appearance at the tournament, with a highest total of 82.

But, after winning the toss at Sydney Showground, it stunned Pakistan with an aggressive batting approach, racing to 150 for three off 20 overs.

Pakistan would have needed a record run chase to win but the game was abandoned before a ball was bowled in the second innings as the teams shared the points shared.

“The openers were positive and aggressive and they did very well,” said Thai captain Sornnarin Tippoch.

“We had an opportunity to come here and play against the big teams. I think it is good for us. We want to keep doing well. People at home will be happy, same as us. They will be cheering.”

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Natthakan Chantam and Nattaya Boochatham posted the second highest opening partnership of the tournament, 93, before Boochatham fell for 44.

Chantam made 56 with some late big-hitting from Nannapat Khoncharoenkai and Chanida Sutthiruang ensuring Thailand passed its previous record of 133 for eight recorded against the Netherlands last year.

“It gave us the lesson that during cricket no team is bigger or smaller, you have to be on your toes every time,” said Pakistan skipper Javeria Khan, adding that overall the tournament had been positive for her team.

“We'll walk away with our heads held high and our girls played some good cricket.”

South Africa need to avoid defeat against already-eliminated West Indies later, if the rain relents, to top Group B and face Australia in the semi-final.

A defeat would mean facing Group A winner India with England, which has also qualified, facing Australia.

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