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Nepal edge China in a close-contest

Feb 25, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal overcame China in low-scoring thriller by five runs for a victory that just kept them alive to finish at the top spot of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Asia Region Qualifier on Monday.

After being sent in, Nepal scored 77-9 in 20 overs as their middle-order failed to capitalise the foundation laid by openers losing seven wickets in a space of 26 runs. Nepal then cancelled out a defying partnership from Zhang Mei and Caiyun Zhou restricting China to 72-6.

Hosts Thailand are leading the table with 10 points from five matches. The UAE and Nepal are second and third, tied on eight points each, with only net run rate separating the two teams.

With only the top team after the round robin league making it through to the Global Qualifiers for Twenty20 World Cup 2020 and 50-over World Cup 2021, Nepal can now pray for an unlikely huge-margin loss of Thailand against the UAE. At the same time, they need to crush Kuwait by exponentially huge margin on Wednesday.

Nepal were going well at one stage, scoring 50 runs for the loss of two wickets in the 14th over but they went on to lose seven wickets and score just 27 runs. Openers Kajol Shrestha and Sita Rana Magar  had given them a modest start adding 32 runs for the first wicket.

Kajol top scored for Nepal with a 32-ball 18 that included one hit to the fence. Sita was the next best with 11 runs from 25 deliveries. Bindu Rawal was other batswoman to score runs in double digits with 16-ball 10 including a boundary.

Wang Meng and Han Lili picked two wickets each for China. Meng returned the figures of 2-13 in her four overs while Lili registered 2-14 in as many overs.

China were right in the match till the 16th over – needing just 30 runs from 24 balls with seven wickets in hand. Sita and Kabita Kunwar kept it tight and conceded just 24 runs picking up three more wickets.

Player-of-the-match Sita returned the figures of 3-19 from four overs. Kabita gave away just nine runs from three overs with a wicket to her name. Mei scored maximum 39-ball 33 hitting two boundaries while opener Zhou scored hard fought 18 from 61 balls. The two batswomen combined for a 38-run fourth wicket stand.



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