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Record-breaking Nepal crush Indonesia to reach Twenty20 Smash final

Jan 18, 2019 | CN Staff |
Sita Rana Magar starred with the bat and skipper Rubina Chhetri shone with the ball as Nepal thrashed Indonesia by 92 runs to enter the final of the Thailand Women’s Twenty20 Smash on Friday.

Asked to take the first strike, Sita Rana Magar and Indu Barma laid the foundation for a big total with a half century stand propelling Nepal to 119-3 in 20 overs. Skipper Rubina then picked up four wickets in a tight bowling display as Indonesia were 27 all out in 11.1 overs. 

This is Nepal's biggest victory in terms of run margin in the women's Twenty20 internationals so far. Nepal will now lock horn against hosts and pre-tournament favourites Thailand on Saturday.

Sita and Kajal Shrestha (14) gave Nepal a modest start with a 31-run partnership for the first wicket. The real damage was done by Sita-Indu pair who added 70 runs for the second wicket. Sita made a 62-ball 48 hitting one boundary. 

Indu, who accelerated the innings, remained unbeaten on 37 runs off 33 balls with two hits to the fence. Edenyce Krismartini Eduard and Kadek Fitria Rada Rani took a wicket each for Indonesia. 

With a big target to chase, Indonesia were in the game despite losing two wickets with 22 runs on the board from 5.2 overs. But two run outs in a single over from Rubina completely turned the tide towards Nepal as Indonesia suffered a terrible collapse.  

Indonesia lost their last eight wickets for just five runs – courtesy four wickets from Rubina who completely destroyed the middle and lower middle order. She returned the figures of 4-2 from 3.1 overs with two maiden.

Nary Thapa, Sita, Kabita Kunwar and Sarita Magar also had a scalp each for Nepal. Yulia Anggraeni was lone batswoman for Indonesia to reach double figures scoring 13 from 14 balls hitting two boundaries.


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