The term “minnow-bashing” was often heard in World Cup cricket matches where the non-regular teams often came to grief against the major teams.
Now the women’s T20I teams of India and Pakistan have shown that they are better at minnow-bashing than their male counterparts. The occasions came in the course of the ongoing Asia Cup which is a T20I tournament in Malaysia. As we will see, the Malaysian team have been very gracious hosts.
The 6 participating teams are India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. As the last 2 are not regular teams, their matches are not counted in women’s T20I records.
India started the process by dismissing Malaysia for 27 and thus winning by 142 runs:
Pakistan did almost as well, dismissing the hosts for 30 and winning by 147 runs.
Thailand has also done quite badly, without ever crossing 100. But they did beat Malaysia by 9 wickets:
The league matches continue on June 9, which features Ind v Pak, SL v Th and BD vs Ma.
The final on June 10 will probably be between India and Pakistan.