India opener Thirush Kamini struck a career-best 113 not out with 11 fours and four sixes as India posted a challenging 250 for two. She figured in a 174-run opening stand with Deepti Sharma (89) who knocked up her second half-century of the tournament. The left-handed pair batted close to 40 overs in what was India’s first opening century-stand in ODIs in close to four years.
India, which leads the Group A standings, previously defeated Sri Lanka and Thailand while it is due to play Zimbabwe on 13 February.
Thirush Kamini: “Getting a hundred for India is always special. It was really satisfying to get runs today when the team required a good opening partnership. The ball was not coming on to the bat later in the innings so getting runs was not easy. I’d gone into the match aiming to get runs at a fair pace and succeeded in that.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan scored a huge 236 runs victory over Papua New Guinea as openers Ayesha Zafar (115 retired) and Javeria Khan (100) flayed the attack to add 212 runs in 38 overs.
Pakistan amassed 276 for five in 50 overs and then dismissed PNG for only 40 runs off 24.5 overs, with young left-arm spinner Nashra Sandhu grabbing five for 11.
Ayesha Zafar: “It’s just a start, I hope I keep it coming. They did well in the start but I adjusted well to it and I guess it paid off. This (Pakistan’s) is a new team. There are a fair number of youngsters as well as seniors. The combination is great and we’re enjoying ourselves. I guess you’ll be seeing us in the finals.”
In another match, Bangladesh defeated Scotland by seven wickets with Rumana Ahmed putting in an all-round performance of 38 not out and two for 23.
Scotland was bowled out for 140 in 49.1 overs with off-spinners Khadija Tul Kabra and Salma Khatun bagging three wickets each. Bangladesh got to the target off only 37.3 overs with Fargana Hoque top-scoring with 53 not out.
South Africa, which did not have a match today, also has two wins from a match less and is the favourite from Group B.
In Group A, Zimbabwe registered its first win, beating Thailand by 36 runs. Mary-Ann Musonda (35) and Precious Marange (34) were the main scorers for Zimbabwe, which posted 191 for eight.
For Thailand, captain Sornnarin Tippoch produced a fighting 50 and was the last batter out even as pace bowler Nomatter Mutasa finished with four for 28.