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Sita shines in Nepal's third consecutive victory

Jan 14, 2019 | CN Staff |
Nepal got the better of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by six wickets to enter the semi-finals of the Thailand Women’s Twenty20 Smash on Monday following their third consecutive victory.

Electing to bat first, UAE posted a challenging 105-6 on board in 20 overs. Sita Rana Magar and Kajal Shrestha built the foundation for victory with a half century stand as Nepal reached the target with six balls to spare.

With second-placed UAE and third-placed Malaysia yet playing on Tuesday, the equation has heavily favoured Nepal to go through with one league match in hand. Nepal will meet Thailand 'A' in their last league game on Wednesday.

Nepal were indebted to Sita and Kajal who added 61 runs for the first wicket to shape the victory. Sita dominated the partnership with 35-ball 37 including four hits to the fence.

Kajal anchored the innings with 25 runs from 42 balls. Indu Bharma also played crucial role, scoring 13 runs. Skipper Rubina Chhetry (10 not out) and Nary Thapa (six not out) sealed the victory. 

Esha Oza took 1-13 from four overs for UAE. Humaira Tasneem, who broke the opening partnership getting rid of Sita, got 1-16 in two overs. Chamani Senevirathne also has one scalp. 

Earlier, UAE rode on Chaya Mughal’s 31 and Oza’s 28 to post a challenging total. Mughal scored 31 runs from 43 balls with a four. Oza's 25-ball innings included two fours and a six.

Senevirathne also added unbeaten 23 runs for losing side. Player of the match Sita bowled economically with the figures of 1-18 in four overs. She sent back Oza (28) to provide first breakthrough for Nepal.

Sonu Khadka also bowled well and sent back Mugahl (31) to prevent further damage for her side. She gave away just 13 runs in three overs. Karuna Bhandari's four-over spell read 1-17.


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