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Indu becomes first half centurion for Nepal in women’s T20I

Indu Barma became the first Nepali women to hit a Twenty20 International half century as Nepal crushed Qatar by 119 runs in their first of the three-match series in Doha on Tuesday.

Nepal are currently in Doha as a part of their preparation for the upcoming ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Asia Qualifier.

Put in to bat first, Nepal scored a mammoth 146-4 in 20 overs on the back of a solid 88-run second wicket partnership between Indu and vice-captain Sita Rana Magar. Indu surpassed Sita’s previous best for Nepal in the format, which was 48 against Indonesia.

A collecting bowling effort then helped Nepal bundled out Qatar for just 27 runs in 11.5 overs as skipper Rubina Chhetri returned the figures of 1-3 from just 1.5 overs.

None of the Qatari batswomen managed to reach double figures with Khadija Imtiaz and Angeline Mare top scoring with eight runs each. Six Qatari batters went for duck. Kabita Kunwar and Sita also picked up two wickets each for Nepal.

Earlier, Nepal lost opener Kajal Shrestha (three) with just eight runs in the board before Sita and Indu led the attack. Indu scored a 47-ball 55 before retiring hurt. Sita contributed 39 off 33 deliveries as both Nepali top scorers hit five boundaries apiece. Sarita Magar also chipped in a run-a-ball 21 with two hits to the fence.

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