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Nepal crash to their lowest total

Nepal suffered their second consecutive big defeat in the ACC Women’s Asia Cup crashing to their lowest total ever in their women’s cricket history. 

Nepal were bundled out for a paltry 23 in 16.2 overs as Sri Lanka overhauled the target in just 4.3 overs losing two wickets. Nepal had opened their tournament campaign with a nine-wicket defeat against Pakistan on Saturday. 

But more than the defeat, it was the nature of the loss that left everyone stunned. Coach Raju Basnyat was targetting an upset victory against any of the Test playing sides Bangladesh or Sri Lanka before he left for the tournament. 

However, they notched up 47 against Pakistan and on Monday were all out even failing to surpass their previous lowest total of 26 runs which they had made against Bangladesh in 15.3 overs during the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea. 

While seven Nepali bats woman failed to open account against a disciplined Sri Lankan bowling attack, their innings concluded without hitting a boundary. 

Opener Jyoti Pandey top scored with 16 runs from 39 balls before being dismissed as the sixth bats woman in the 12th over. Sita Rana Magar (four) and skipper Rubina Chhetri (one) were other bats women to score with the bat.

Sugandika Kumari (3-7) and Inoka Ranaweera (3-3) shared six wickets between them for Sri Lanka, while Oshadi Ranasinghe had two scalps. On Tuesday, Nepal will meet Bangladesh who defeated Thailand by 35 runs in another match on Monday.

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