High-flying Bangladesh national women’s team were brought down to earth by Thailand as the Tigresses suffered a shocking 16-run defeat in D/L method during their third ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier match in Harare on Thursday.
Bangladesh, who previously defeated Pakistan and USA in their opening two matches, needed only a victory to book their place in the Super Six stage of the ongoing tournament.
Thai pacer Nattaya Boochatham made the most of the damage in Bangladeshi innings, finishing with 5-26 while for Bangladesh, Fargana Hoque and Murshida Khatun made 51 and 46 runs respectively.
In reply, Thai openers - Sornnarin Tippoch (69) and Nattakan Chantam (37) gave their side a solid 97-run stand in the mediocre run-chase before their innings was stopped at 132-2 in 39.2 overs due to bad light.
As their innings couldn’t resume in due time, Thai women’s team was declared winner of the game according to Duckworth-Lewis Method.
It was Thailand’s second win in three matches in the tournament while Bangladesh also have two wins from three games.
Bangladesh will play their last Group B match against hosts Zimbabwe on November 29 and their qualification chance for the Super Six stage will be decided with the outcome of that game’s result.