Hosts Thailand have one foot in the next stage of qualifying for the Women's ODI and T20I World Cups after an easy win over Malaysia today in Bangkok.

Put into bat at the Terdthai ground by the visitors, Thailand's total of 114-5 owed much to an unbeaten 64 from Naruemol Chaiwai. Chanida Sutthiruang also chipped in with 28. In reply, none of the Malaysian line up were able to reach double figures and they were bowled out for just 27 to lose by 87 runs. Sornnarin Tippoch took four wickets for just four runs.

Thailand will now play the UAE on the final day's play on Wednesday. The UAE were not in action today, and with Thailand having a two point lead and a substantial net run rate advantage, the UAE will need a big win to overcome Thailand.

Nepal are also just two points behind - with an even bigger net run rate disadvantage - after their narrow win over China today. Put into bat, they scored 77-9 from their 20 overs. In a tight finish, they kept China to 72-6 from their 20 overs, Sita Magar taking 3-19. They will play Kuwait on the final day.

Kuwait took on Hong Kong today at the AIT ground. In a remarkable - for all the wrong reasons - batting display, eight of their line-up were dismissed for ducks. Priyada Murali had the only score in double figures with 12. Kary Chan took three wickets for just two runs, but was outdone by Mehreen Yousaf, who bowled a triple wicket maiden in her only over. Hong Kong had no trouble chasing down their target, knocking off the required runs in 6.1 overs to win by 9 wickets. Hong Kong will play Malaysia on the final day.


Thailand Women beat Malaysia Women by 87 runs
Terdthai Ground, Bangkok, 25 February
Thailand Women 114-5 (20 overs, N Chaiwai 64*)
Malaysia Women 27 (16 overs, S Tippoch 4-4, S Laomi 3-4)

Nepal Women beat China Women by 5 runs
Terdthai Ground, Bangkok, 25 February
Nepal Women 77-9 (20 overs)
China Women 72-6 (20 overs, S Magar 3-19)

Hong Kong Women beat Kuwait Women by 9 wickets
Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, 25 February
Kuwait Women 25 (10 overs, M Yousaf 3-0, K Chan 3-2)
Hong Kong Women 26-1 (6.1 overs)