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Thailand Women break T20I record with 17th successive win

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Thailand’s national women’s cricket team has rewritten the world record with a 17th successive T20 International win on Saturday, 10 August.

In the fifth match of an ongoing quadrangular series in the Netherlands, involving the host nation, Thailand, Ireland and Scotland, the Sornnarin Tippoch-led outfit ripped through the host nation to bundle them out for 54, before running down the target in eight overs, with as many wickets in hand.

Thailand broke the record previously held by the mighty Australia Women, who picked up 16 consecutive victories between March 2014 and August 2015. Three other teams have registered 10 or more successive wins in the format: England and Zimbabwe (14), and New Zealand (12). Australia have also registered 12 consecutive wins, starting from March 2018 and extending all the way into their ICC Women’s World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies later that year. Zimbabwe’s 14-match streak is ongoing, which means they are in with a chance of equalling, and potentially breaking, Thailand’s record.

Thailand’s streak began in July 2018, when they beat United Arab Emirates Women by seven wickets in the second play-off semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in the Netherlands. They’ve beaten UAE the maximum number of times – three – during the course of this streak.

Thailand’s last two wins have come against high-profile opposition in Ireland and Netherlands. They opened their quadrangular series with a crushing 74-run win over Scotland, bundling them out for 55 in defence of 129. They then barely held Ireland off for a four-run win, arrived at by the Duckworth-Lewis method, in a match curtailed to ten overs a side. That was followed by the triumph against Netherlands.

Saturday’s win, like many of their earlier wins, was set up by the bowlers. Right-arm pacer Nattaya Boochatam was the most impressive of the lot, snaring three wickets for as many runs in the span of 17 balls.

Only three of Netherlands’ batters registered double-digit scores, with No.8 Leonie Bennett top-scoring with 16. Netherlands made their own cause harder with their running between the wickets, losing three of their batters to run-outs.

Presented with a modest total to scale down, Thailand opener Nattakan Chantam teed off with a boundary-laden start to her innings. She neutralised the early losses of Naruemol Chaiwai and Nannapat Koncharoenkai to make 42 of the 55 runs required herself. Her 31-ball unbeaten knock contained seven fours, the last of which levelled the scores, before a single off the last ball of the eighth over gave victory to her side.

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