Nepali women collapsed to their lowest total ever in a dismal display against Bangladesh to crash out of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea on Wednesday.
In the quarter-finals at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground where a victory would have given them a chance to win a medal, Nepal crashed to 26 all out in 15.2 overs in chase of Bangaldesh’s 107-4 in 20 overs.
Nepal’s lowest total ever in any form of women’s cricket was 38 all out against Thailand in the ACC Women’s Championship semi-finals where the team had batted for 20 overs. Nepal were also restricted to 26-8 in the 2007 ACC Women’s Tournament final against Bangladesh but the 30-over game was reduced to 18-over-a-side.
No Nepali batswomen managed to reach double figures in chase of a mammoth total – as Nepal’s early performance suggested where they made 88 (against Malaysia) and 64 (against Thailand) in the league stages.
Nary Thapa top scored with eight runs with the only two boundaries reading in the team’s scorecard where they got 10 extras. Sarita Magar and Rekha Rawal made two each. Salma Khatun picked up 3-1 in three overs, while Rumana Ahmed also took 3-4 in 2.2. Jahangara Khan and Fahima Khatun also had two wickets apiece for Bangladesh.
Nepal also struggled with the ball when they had to wait till the ninth over to get the first breakthrough after opener Aayasha Rahman played the bowlers sensibly making an unbeaten half century. After a 36-run opening wicket stand, Sarita Magar removed Shahanaz Parvin (12) with a return catch.
Sarita also dismissed Farqana Haque (six) with Sita Rana Magar picking up the wickets of Salma (seven) and Lata Mondal (11). Ayasha made 51 off 60 with the only two boundaries in Bangladeshi innings.
Nepal’s lowest totals in women’s cricket26 all out in 15.2 overs against Bangladesh (2014 17th Asian Games, Korea)26/8 in 18 overs (D/L of 30 overs) against Bangladesh (2007 ACC Women’s Tournament in Malaysia)38 all out against Thailand (2013 ACC Women’s Championship in Thailand