Nepal make winning start

Kathmandu, December 13:

Nepal registered an easy seven-wicket victory over Malaysia in the inaugural-day match at the ACC Under-19 Women’s Championship in Chiang Mai, Thailand today.

Electing to field first after skipper Nary Thapa won the toss, Nepal bowled out Malaysia for just 51 runs in 21.2 overs and overcame the total losing three wickets in 15.2 overs. Sita Magar, Rekha Rawal and Keshari Chaudhary took two wickets apiece, while Sonu Khadka, skipper Nary Thapa and Binu Magar pocketed one wicket each as Malaysian innings folded with more than three overs remaining.

Opener Christina Baret (13) was the lone batswoman to score in double figures for Malaysia. Four players failed to open their accounts. Malaysia’s total was also boosted by 21 extra runs.

In reply, Nepal added 16 runs for the opening stand before Sarita Magar fell for four runs. Opener Maya Rawat remained unbeaten on 13 off 41 balls, while Binu Magar was the top-scorer with an unbeaten 17 off 25 balls that included two fours. Maya and woman of the match Bishnu added 25 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand. Trishna Singh added seven runs, while Roshani Bohara fell in the second ball she faced before she could open her accounts.

Zoe Landry, Nur Aishah and Alessandra Shunmugam took one wicket each for Malaysia. Nepal will now face Bhutan on Sunday.