Kathmandu – Nepal edged Malaysia Women by 46 runs to reach the quarter-final of the Asian Games at Yeonhui Cricket Ground, Incheon today. Nepal Women will face Bangladesh women in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.
Nepal Women’s batting woes at the start of the innings continued as they managed 24 for 1 in the first 10 overs. Had the 38 runs unbeaten partnership between Mamta Chaudhary 22*(29) and Sarita Magar 12*(15) not come, Nepal would have finished around 60-70 runs. Nepal women scored 64 runs in the last 10 overs thanks to 26 extras conceded by Malaysia Women.
Nepal batted first for 2nd consecutive time in the tournament after losing the toss and finished the painful powerplay overs 15/0. Nepal’s opening pair Sobha Ale and Sita Rana Magar could make no use of the powerplay and Ale was eventually bowled by Intan in the last ball of the 6th over.
Former Skipper Nary Thapa, who is the only women to hit a six for Nepal in international cricket came to rescue the team after Sobha’s wicket. She started her innings slowly and failed to provide provide any momentum. She tried to accelerate the innings but gave her wicket to Nadhiran Nasruddin in the 12th Over.
Sita Rana Magar who was carrying the innings from another end added 20 runs with Mamata before being bowled by Jannadiah Halim in the 14th over. She scored 18 runs from 41 balls.
Then the duo of Mamata and Sarita steered Nepal’s innings with ones and twos. Malaysia women gave too many extras at the end that helped nepal post a defendable total.
It was a matter of time for Nepal’s strong bowling line up to clean up Malaysian batting. Nepal got the first wicket in the very first over as a run out. Two more wicket fell, one each to Left arm medium Sony Khadka and Right arm medium Rubina Chettri in the first six overs as Malaysia finished their powerplay 17 for 3.
Karuna Bhandari came to bowl after the powerplay. Her off breaks troubled Malaysia Women a lot as four wickets fell to her. She finished her bowling quota with figures of 3.5-1-6-4. Nepal Women were brilliant in the field as well. They made three run outs including the first and last wicket. Malaysia Women were bundled out for 42 runs in the last ball of the 15th over.
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