After the celebrations for the Malaysian men's team yesterday, it was back down to earth with a bump for Malaysian cricket today as their women's team were comprehensively beaten by gold medal favourites Thailand at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur.
Thailand captain Sornnarin Tippoch won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. Captain Winifred Duraisingam made their only double figure score with an unbeaten 23 as they were bowled out for just 48. Suleeporn Laomi was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for just eight runs.
Thailand lost three wickets in chasing down their target, but it was otherwise no trouble as they knocked off the required runs in just 8 overs. Nattakan Chantam was the top scorer with 23.
The win leaves Thailand as the only unbeaten team after two rounds of matches. Malaysia and Indonesia both have one win each, but with those teams still to play each other Thailand's place in the gold medal match on Monday is secure. Malaysia and Thailand will play on Sunday, whilst the next match will see Thailand play Singapore tomorrow.
Tomorrow will see a triple header of matches as the men's Twenty20 tournament gets underway. After the women's match, Thailand will play Indonesia, which will be followed by Malaysia against Myanmar.
Malaysia Women lost to Thailand Women by 7 wickets
Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur, 25 August
Malaysia Women 48 (16.1 overs, S Laomi 4-8)
Thailand Women 49-3 (8 overs)