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Women’s Twenty20 Smash: Nepal defeat hosts Thailand by 9 wickets, top Group ‘A’ to reach semi-finals

- SAMUEL CHHETRI, Kathmandu

Jan 16, 2019-

With a nine-wicket thumping victory over hosts Thailand, Nepal Women’s Cricket team topped the Group 'A' table and reached the semi-finals of the Thailand Women’s Twenty20 Smash on Wednesday.

During a match played at Trade Thai Cricket Ground in Bangkok, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat first and were able to garner a measly 19 runs losing all wickets.

Nepali batswomen achieved the 20-run target in just 3.3 overs with the loss of one wicket. Nepal’s Mamta Kumari Chaudhary scored 8-runs before being caught by Jaraweephat Phanthasrintis off Phannita Maya’s delivery. Nary Thapa and Dolly Bhatta saw off the hosts by scoring 5 runs and 2 runs respectively.

Earlier in the match, Nepali bowlers displayed a disciplined performance which was more than enough to secure the top spot in the Group ‘A’ table.

For Nepal, Aarati Bidari took three wickets and was declared player of the match. Likewise, Sarita Magar and Indu Barma took two wickets each while skipper Rubina Chhetry, Sonu Khadka and Sita Rana Magar claimed one each Thai wickets.

None of the Thai batswomen were able to score in double figures and five Thai players returned back to the pavilion on a duck. Thanchanok Phopluk was their top scorer with four runs.

From Group ‘A’, United Arab Emirates also entered the semi-finals of the tournament by claiming the second position.

The Nepali team had hammered China by 10 wickets in the first Group ‘A’ game on Saturday and eased to a six-wicket win over Malaysia in their second match played at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok on Sunday. Similarly, Nepal secured the semi-final berth by registering a six-wicket win over United Arab Emirates at the Asia Institute of Technology Cricket Ground on Monday.

Now, Nepal will play the table topper of the Group ‘B’ which comprises of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Bhutan and Myanmar.

The Nepali women’s cricket team, which is being coached by former skipper of Nepali Men’s Cricket Team Binod Das, is playing its first international tournament in two years. The Nepali women’s cricket team had last played the ICC T-20 World Cup Qualifier (Asia Region) on November 2017.

Published: 16-01-2019 12:34

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