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Nepal end Asia Qualifiers campaign on positive not; finish third

Nepal finished their ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Asia Qualifiers on a positive note beating Hong Kong by 36 runs to finish third in the standings in Bangkok, Thailand on Monday. 

Hong Kong elected to field first after winning the toss and a gritty 34-ball 38 from former skipper Nary Thapa helped Nepal reach 94-5 in 20 overs. Karuna Bhandari then picked up three wickets as Hong Kong were bundled out for just 58 runs in 19.5 overs. 

Nepal were reduced to 7-2 inside four overs after openers Jyoti Pandey (two) and Sita Rana Magar (two) fell cheaply. Nary then began the resurrection of Nepali innings adding 30 runs for the third wicket with Kajol Shrestha. 

Kajol made 12 from 35 in a boundary less innings. Nepal soon lost new batswoman Rity Kanoujiya (two) but Nary went on to add another 31 runs for the fifth wicket with Karuna. Nary’s innings included five boundaries. 

Skipper Rubina Chhetri and Karun pushed the innings close to triple figures with a 22-run unbroken stand. Rubina struck two boundaries in her 10-ball 15, while Karun scored 14 from 21 deliveries. Skipper Mariko Hill and MBA Lamplough took two wickets each for Hong Kong. 

Hong Kong hardly settled in their chase after Karuna destroyed the top order. No 8 batswoman Chan Sau Har top scored for them with a 24-ball 13 and KY Chan (11) was their next best scorer. Both the top scorers hit one boundary apiece. 

Karuna returned the figures of 3-10 from four overs, while Sabnam Rai, Sita, Nary and Ritu picked up two wickets each. Nary was adjudged the player-of-the-match.

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