A blinder from Tippoch, the Thailand captain, and Thirushkamini's first ODI century in four years
Thailand v Zimbabwe
Put into bat by Thailand Women in the Group A ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 match at the Mercantile Association Ground in Colombo on Friday (February 10), Zimbabwe Women lost a wicket off the first ball of the match.
The team then built on contributions from the middle order to put up a respectable total and was 187 for 7 in 49.1 overs when the moment of the match arrived.
Josephine Nkomo, the No. 8 batter, was in an aggressive mood, having scored 27 off 29 balls with two fours. She hit a full ball outside the off stump from Ratanaporn Padunglerd with a tight bottom hand. The ball went in the air at a fast pace, but Sornnarin Tippoch, the Thailand captain, showed excellent anticipation. She timed her move right perfectly and jumped at the last minute to pull off a spectacular catch just inches from the ground.
After Zimbabwe was restricted to 191 for 8, Tippoch showed great character to make 50 before Thailand was bowled out for 155 in 47.3 overs.
India v Ireland
MD Thirushkamini missed out on India's first match of the tournament against Sri Lanka Women because of an injury in the warm-up clash against South Africa. She offered glimpses of her touch during an unbeaten 24 in the nine-wicket win against Thailand Women, but showcased her entire repertoire against Ireland Women at the P Sara Oval.
She had a good balance between caution and aggression to set the tone for the innings through an opening stand of 174 with Deepti Sharma. After Deepti’s dismissal, Thirushkamini upped her tempo to race from the 70s to 99.
The moment of the game came in the third ball of the 46th over when she came down the track to guide the ball from Isobel Joyce to midwicket and take a single. It took her to her second One-Day International century, and first in more than four years.
She remained unbeaten on 113, hitting 11 fours and four massive sixes in a 146-ball knock. She spent 194 minutes at the crease, giving a glimpse of her stamina and appetite. India went on to win by 125 runs.