Sita Rana Magar put in an all round display as Nepal made an expected winning start in their opening encounter of the ACC Women’s Premier Cricket Tournament at the Chiang Mai Gymkhyana grounds in Thailand on Tuesday.
Sita smashed a quick fire half century and returned to pick up four wickets as Nepal hammered minnows Iran by 221 runs for a bright start in the tournament.
Nepal made 284-6 in 40 overs riding on half centuries from Sita and Sarita Thapa Magar.
Iran never recovered once they lost their openers with 24 runs on the board before they were bundled out for 63 runs in 30.5 overs.
Roya Kaheni (17) was the only Iranian batsowomen to make runs in double figures. The run outs of two Iranian openers was followed by two wickets from skipper Rubina Chhetri and one from Sarita before Sita came into the act picking up four wickets.
Earlier, Nepal’s innings revolved around crucial partnerships that involved Sita, Sarita and Neera Rajopadhayay.
Sarita top scored in the match with 72 runs from 94 balls hitting seven boundaries, while Sita collected some quick runs making 61 off 50 that included 10 fours.
Both the half centuries were first for Nepal in 40-over-a-side match.
Sita and Shobha Ale gave Nepal a 48-run stand for the first wicket before the latter lost her wicket for eight runs.
Sita then added super 107-run partnership for the second wicket that took Nepal to a comfortable position. After Sita lost her wicket, Nepal were jolted by quick dismissals of Mamta Chaudhary (seven) and skipper Rubina Chhetri (nine).
Sarita and Neera Rajopadhayay then shared 72 runs for the fifth wicket taking Nepal close to 300-run mark.
Neera contributed 47 from 46 with five hits to the fence.
Iran gave 69 extra runs to Nepal.
Nepal will play their next match against the hosts Thailand in the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club on Thursday.