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Rubina brings Nepal's first Twenty20 International hat-trick

Feb 27, 2019 | CN Staff |
Skipper Rubina Chhetri became Nepal's first cricket to take a Twenty20 International hat-trick as Nepal signed off from the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Asia Region Qualifier on a better note in Bangkok on Wednesday.

Under circumstances where qualification for the Global Qualifiers for the 2020 ICC Twenty20 World Cup and 2021 ICC 50-over World Cup was all but over, Nepal made 116-7 in 20 overs before Rubina marked a historical day with a treble to stop Kuwait on 86-9 in 20 overs.

Rubina, who had taken five wickets including a hat-trick against Singapore in the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Women's Championship, rolled back the clock with second treble of her career. With Kuwait already out of the contest in the last over needing 35 runs to win, Rubina bowled Khajidja Khalil for one, Madeeha Zuberi and Zeefa Jilani for ducks in consecutive deliveries.

It was Nepal's fourth hat-trick in women's cricket with Karuna Bhandari and Shabnam Rai also in the record books. Karuna had taken her hat-trick against Thailand in the 2011 Women's ACC Women's World Cup Qualifier and Shabnam recorded the feat against China in the 2017 Asia Cup Qualifier in Thailand. 

Nepal finished at the second spot with 10 points after the round robin league, while table toppers Thailand sealed the only spot available for the Global Qualifiers. in second place among seven-team and failed to qualify for global qualifier of Twenty20 and ODI World Cup. Thailand finished with 12 points from six games. 

Kajol Shrestha and Indu Barma (seven) added 23 runs for the second wicket after losing Sita Rana Magar (zero) cheaply in the first over. Kajol scored 18 from 16 balls with two boundaries before running herself out. 

Nepal were reeling at 46-5 in the ninth over before Bindu Rawal anchored the innings adding 37 and 33 runs respectively with Nary Thapa and Rubina for the sixth and seventh wicket. She top scored for Nepal with unbeaten 49-ball 28 that included a four. 

Rubina scored a quickfire 22 runs from 13 balls with three hits to the fence while Nary notched up a run-a-ball 19. She also hit three fours. Maryam Omar (2-24) and Priyada Murali (2-19) shared four wickets between them for Kuwait.

Kuwait gave Nepal a real scare after Murali and Omar held the innings as they reached 63-1 in 14 overs. A run out of Murali (14) off Bindu then triggered a Kuwaiti collapse as they lost eight wickets in a space of 23 runs.  

Karuna Bhandari took next three wickets including that of Kuwait top scorer Omar before Rubina polished off the tail. Karuna returned the figures of 3-12 from four overs and player-of-the-match Rubina took 3-17 in four overs. 

Nary Thapa and Kabita Kunwar also picked a wicket each for Nepal. Skipper Omar scored 36-ball 29 for Kuwait including three fours. Mariamma Hyder (12) and Sabreen Zaki (12) were there next best scorers. 


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