Nepal make it three in a row

KATHMANDU: Sonu Khadka and Rekha Rawal took three wickets each as Nepal defeated Qatar by eight wickets at the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Cricket Tournament at the Kinrara Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday.

The Nepali bowlers, led by Sonu and Rekha, bowled out their opponents for a paltry 42 runs after Qatar skipper Rishika Reddy won the toss and elected to take the first strike. In reply, Nepal reached the victory target with ease, losing two wickets in 9.1 overs.

The two teams met for the

first time in women’s cricket and Nepal romped home with ease. This was Nepal’s third win in

as many matches in Group A.

They defeated Iran by 62 runs on Friday, while they registered a thrilling 2-1 Bowl-out victory over Singapore on Saturday.

In Nepal’s run chase, Maya Rawat and Neera Rajopadhyay added 34 runs for the opening stand in seven overs before Maya was run out by Huda Malik for nine off 16 balls. Neera departed after six runs, with just three runs away from victory, caught and bowled by Ishaani Mittal. She hit a four in her 32-ball 18. Nary Thapa and skipper Ritu Kanoujiya completed the formality. Nary remained unbeaten on six off five balls, while Ritu faced two balls and was yet to open her accounts. Maya, Neera and Nary all hit one boundary each.

Earlier, skipper Ritu Kanoujiya was the first to strike when she bowled Qatar opener Huda Malik for a duck in the second ball of the innings. Rekha Rawal struck twice to reduce Qatar to 13-3. She had other opener Ishaani Mittal (1) caught by Nary Thapa in the second over and trapped Sana Zafar (4) leg before in the fourth over.

Player of the match, Sonu Khadka, then sent three Qatari batsmen to the pavilion, reducing them to 26-6. Sonu had Greeshma Avadootha (2) caught by Nary in the sixth over and bowled Safa Patel (2) and top-scorer of the innings Nahan Araf. Nahan scored nine off 12 balls hitting the lone boundary of the innings. Sonu returned withfigures of 4-2-5-3.

Rubina Chhetri, who made

history by taking five wickets in an over including the first ever Nepali cricketer to take a hat-trick in international cricket against

Singapore on Saturday, bowled Aysha Mohammad (2) before she combined with Maya Rawat to run out Sajida Bibi (2).

Rekha Rawal took her third wicket of the match when she had Qatar skipper Rishika Reddy caught by Janaki Bhatta for five runs after Neera Rajopadhyay and Saraswoti Lamgade ran out Anjali Nair (4). Rawal finished with 2.2-0-5-3, while Ritu took 1-12 and Rubina finished 1-8 off four overs.

Skipper Ritu Kanoujiya said she was happy but not satisfied with the win. “We bowled very well to restrict Qatar to 42 and we should have reached the target without loss comfortably,” said Ritu.

“Sonu and Rekha did very good bowling but I am not satisfied

with the batting,” said Ritu, who was dissapointed with her own bowling. She was also concerned about the run out of Maya Rawat. “We are having the same problem again and again. Maya got run out for the third time today,” she said. She was hopeful of winning the next two matches. Nepal will play against Bhutan on Tuesday and Thailand on Wednesday.

Coach Pradeep Raj Pandey praised the bowlers but showed his concerns over the batting side. “There is no problem with the bowlers. They have been doing good job, but I am concerned with the batting and run outs,” he said. “If we get chance, we will take the first strike in our next match and I think that will help gain confidence in out batting line-up in the matches to come,” he added.

SCOREBOARD

QATAR

Huda Malik b Ritu 0

Ishaani Mittal c Nary b Rekha 1

Sana Zafar lbw b Rekha 4

Nahan Arif b Sonu 9

G Avadootha c Nary b Sonu 7

Safa Patel b Sonu 2

A Mohammad b Rubina 2

Sajida Bibi run out 2

R Reddy c Janaki b Rekha 5

Anjali Nair run out 4

Sadia Tahir not out 0

Extras: 12 (w11, b1)

Total: 43 (17.2 Overs)

FoW: 1-2, 2-5, 3-13, 4-16, 5-21, 6-26,

7-30, 8-36, 9-43

Nepal bowling: Ritu 3-0-12-1,

Rekha 2.2-0-5-3, Neera 2-0-6-0,

Sonu 4-2-5-3, Rubina 4-0-8-1,

Janaki 2-0-6-0

NEPAL

Maya Rawat run out 9

Neera Rajopadhyay c & b Mittal 18

Nary Thapa not out 6

Ritu Kanoujiya not out 0

Extras: 11 (w9, b1, lb1)

Total: 44/2 (9.1 Overs)

FoW: 1-34,, 2-40

Qatar bowling: Reddy 3-0-10-0,

Arif 3-0-17-0, Mittal 2-0-7-1,

Patel 1.1-0-8-0

Player of the match: Sonu Khadka (Nepal)