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Thailand Ladies (Picture Supply: Asian Cricket Council)

4 groups made it to the following spherical of the Ladies’s Asia Cup 2022, that’s the semi-finals, earlier than the conclusion of all of the fixtures on the ultimate day of the league stage. The hosts Bangladesh suffered a serious setback as their final fixture in opposition to the United Arab Emirates was washed out and consequently, did not qualify for the semi-finals, which confirmed a spot for Thailand.

Out of the seven groups that participated within the continental occasion, UAE, Malaysia, and Thailand had been the underdogs of the match, solely due to the crew’s expertise as a complete, as in comparison with the opposite 4 nations- India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. However the three groups grabbed each alternative that was thrown in entrance of them and made one of the best use of it.

The largest shock within the match was Thailand defeating Pakistan. That was the second that introduced a serious flip within the match, and it served as one of many main causes behind Thailand’s qualification for the semi-finals. Bangladesh’s fixture in opposition to UAE earlier than the semi-finals was very important for the defending champions, however rain performed a spoilsport, which put curtains on Bangladesh’s marketing campaign.

Thailand’s journey from losses to back-to-back wins

Thailand misplaced their first two video games of the match in opposition to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, however bounced again stronger within the sport in opposition to Pakistan and took the entire cricketing world unexpectedly. The crew then secured one other win by defeating the United Arab Emirates crew by 19 runs. The Naruemol Chaiwai-led Thailand bagged their third consecutive victory after they defeated Malaysia.

They misplaced their ultimate sport in opposition to India on Monday, October 10, which saved them on the verge of qualification. Thailand’s match run would have ended if Bangladesh had defeated UAE in Tuesday’s sport which was finally referred to as off as a result of rain, because the defending champions had a significantly increased Internet Run Fee than Thailand.

However issues favoured Thailand, and so they scripted historical past by qualifying for the semi-finals of the Asia Cup for the primary time within the historical past of the match. Thailand will now face India of their semi-final fixture on October 13, Thursday. It will be a problem for each the edges because the profitable crew strikes to the grand finale and the dropping crew bows out of the match.