The most-awaited ICC Women T20 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019 series began in Thailand on February 18, 2019!
Nepal Vs China: Match-5
In its fifth match of the series, Nepal played against China and beat the opponent by five runs!
China won the toss and chose to field first.
Nepal’s batting line began with Kajal Shrestha and Sita Rana Magar’s partnership, where the two players registered scores of 18 and 11 runs off 32 and 25 deliveries, respectively.
Besides the two batswomen, Bindu Rawal was the only player in the team to register a double-run score of 10 runs against 16 deliveries, which included a four. The remaining players scored, 8, 7, 6, 5, 3 and 3 runs, each.
At the end of Nepal’s battling line, the team set a target of 77 runs to beat.
China’s Wang Meng picked three Nepali wickets, becoming the highest wicket taker from the Chinese side. After Meng, Han Lili picked two wickets. Zhang Mei was the batswoman with the highest number of runs for China – 33 runs, followed by Caiyun Zhou’s 18 runs.
The remaining players scored 6, 3, 3 and 2 runs, each.
Nepal’s Sarita Magar did exceptionally well in the bowling area, where she picked up three Chinese wickets in fours overs.
Besides Magar, Kunwar was the only other bowler to pick a wicket for Nepal. With Nepal’s strong bowling and fielding defense, China was only able to make 72 runs!
After this match, Nepal stands at third position on the ranks table. The Himalayan Nation will now face Kuwait in its next battle on February 27, 2019.
Nepal Vs Hong Kong: Match-4
Hong Kong received a crushing defeat at the hands of Nepal in the fourth match of the ICC Women T20 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019!
Hong Kong lost to Nepal by four wickets on February 24, 2019, when the latter beat the opponent’s 63-run target in the 19th over at a loss of six wickets.
The Nepali innings saw a high, majorly with Apsari Begum’s 24 runs off 35 deliveries. Sarita Magar followed close behind with 16 runs off 30 balls.
However, the remaining players registered 4,0,4,6,16,2 and 1 runs, respectively.
Hong Kong team player Jasmine Titmuss claimed the highest number of Nepali wickets, sending three of the players out of the field. Nepal was only able to make 11 runs in 3.3 overs, due to Titmuss’ continuous attacks.
Once Hong Kong’s batting line began, Nepal’s Nary Thapa alone claimed 6 Hong Kong wickets!
While Thapa kept building pressure on the opponent players with successive run outs, Sita Magar also took her chance and grabbed two other wickets.
With a tough defense, both these bowlers let the Hong Kong side score only eight and seven runs in a span of eight overs (four per bowler).
Hong Kong’s MBA Lamplough scored the highest runs for her team by scoring 19 runs, including one four. Beside Lamplough, Y Daswani and Bella Poon scored 16 and 11 runs, respectively.
Nepal will next face China in its fifth match of the series.
Nepal Vs UAE: Match-3
Recovering from its fall against Thailand on February 21, 2019, Nepal was back to its winning streak in the match against UAE on February 22, 2019.
Nepal defeated UAE with an overall score of 42, at a loss of just three wickets! Nepal skipper Rubina Chhetri made the highest score in the team of 18 runs, while player Kajal Shrestha followed close behind with a score of 15 runs.
UAE, who won the toss and elected to bat first made an overall score of 41 runs with a loss of all wickets in the 18th over. Other than UAE’s Chamani Roshini, no other player was able to register double-digits runs.
Nary Thapa was declared ‘Player of the Match’
With this match, Nepal has gained four points and has won 2 out of the three matches so far. UAE also stands at four points. Nepal will now face Hong Kong on February 24, 2019.
Nepal Vs Thailand: Match-2
Thailand gave Nepal a blowing defeat by 57 runs in its second ICC Women’s World Cup T20 Asia Qualifier match on February 21, 2019. Nepal made an overall score of 67-8, failing to beat the target of 125 runs set by host country Thailand.
Indu Barma and Sita Magar were the only two batswomen to score double digits runs of 29 and 18 runs, each.
Nepal’s Kabita Kunwar and Karuna Bhandari took two opponent wickets, while Rubina Chaudhary and Karuna Bhandari picked one wicket, each.
Chanida Sutthiruang of Thailand was announced the ‘Player of the Match’!
Nepal Vs Malaysia: Match-1
Nepal made a good start at the ICC Women T20 World Cup- Asia Qualifier by beating Malaysia at 92-7 in its opening match on February 18, 2019! The match began at the Terdthai Cricket Ground with Nepal winning the toss and choosing to bat first.
The Nepali side set a target of 127 runs for Malaysia to beat. Opening batswoman Sita Magar alone scored 42 runs, followed by Nepali skipper Rubina Chhetri playing an unbeaten 33 runs.
Then came Kajol Shrestha and Indu Barmas who contributed 16 and 13 runs, respectively.
However, when it was Malaysia’s turn to bat, the team failed to keep up with Nepal’s pace and crumbled at 92 runs with a loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs.
Nepal’s Karuna Bhandari and Sarita Magar picked two Malaysian wickets each. Nepal is preparing to play its second match with host country Thailand on February 21, 2019!
Sita Rana Magar of Nepal was announced the ‘Player of the Match’!
The ICC Women T20 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019 is being held between February 18-27, 2019. The tournament serves as the gateway to the next ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia and the 50-over ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 in New Zealand.
Seven countries including China, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, and UAE will be competing with each other in the round robin format.
Presently, Asia is one of the strongest out of the five regions with teams such as Thailand (12th), UAE (14th) and Nepal (16th). All of these Asian teams are in the ‘Top 16’ of the MRF Women’s Twenty20 International Rankings.
The Nepali squad comprises of Rubina Chhetry Belbashi (Captain), Apsari Begam, Aarati Bidari, Bindu Rawal, Indu Barma, Kajal Shrestha, Karuna Bhandari, Nairry Thapa, Kabita Kunwar, Mamta Kumari Chaudahry, Roma Thapa Sarita Magar, Sita Rana Magar and Sonu Khadka.
Following is Nepal match schedule for ICC Women T20 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2019:
- Nepal Vs Malaysia – February 18, 2019
- Nepal Vs Thailand – February 21, 2019
- Nepal Vs UAE – February 22, 2019
- Nepal Vs Hong Kong – February 24, 2019
- Nepal Vs China – February 25, 2019
- Nepal Vs Kuwait – February 27, 2019
All the best Nepal!
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