Nepal enter final

Kathmandu, December 22:

Trishna Singh’s patient knock of 33 steered Nepal to an easy 83-run win over hosts Thailand and a place in the final of the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship at the Gyam Khana cricket ground in Chiang Mai today.

Invited to bat first by Thailand skipper Naruemol Chaiwai, Nepal made 132-8 in their allotted 25 overs before dismissing the hosts for 49 runs in 15.5 overs.

Nepal will play for the championship on Tuesday against Malaysia who pulled a thrilling two-run victory over Hong Kong in another semi-final match held at the Prem Centre today.

Nepal were struggling at 14-2 by the fourth over when Nathakan Chantam dismissed openers Maya Rawat (two) and Sarita Magar (two) cheaply. But the arrival of Trishna changed the complextion of the match as she put on 48 runs third wicket stand with Binu Magar and 39 runs fourth wicket partnership with Sita Magar.

Player of the match Trishna struck just two fours in her watchful 62-ball innings while Binu made 23 from 32 balls with two hits to the fence. Sita contributed 14 from 30 balls. The Nepali total was also boosted by 48 sundries. Piraorn Kamla was the pick of the Thailand bowlers with 4-17 from four overs while Chantam took two and Siwaporn Kosathong and Pornthiva Olarakchat bagged one wicket apiece.

In reply, Thailand were never in contention after losing two wickets in the first two overs.

Sita Magar dismissed Kaewkan Monkonsam (naught) and Sirinton Sanechop (naught) to reduce the hosts to 0-2.

Wicketkeeper Pundarika Prathanmir top scored with eight runs for Thailand as none of their batters reached the double figures. Almost half the Thailand’s total came through extra runs (21).

Rekha Rawal took three wickets conceding just nine runs from five overs and Keshari Chaudhari bagged three scalps giving away nine runs from 2.5 overs. Sita Magar finished with 2-11 and Sonu Khadka took 1-17.