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Nepal fightback for top spot with Bhutan humbling

Nepal forged a decent comeback in the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Asia Qualifier with an eight-wicket drubbing of Bhutan in Dubai on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Hong Kong lost to hosts UAE by 11 runs meaning Nepal still have the opportunity to climb to the top of the table and the swift victory against Bhutan left them to take things on their own hands before facing the Emiratis in the last league game.

UAE top the table with four points and Nepal have two. If Nepal are to cling to the top, they need a better net run rate and make sure they don’t lose to UAE.

The Bhutan win has kept Nepal on that track. Bhutan were 30 without loss by seventh over before vice-captain Sita Rana Magar removed their top three batswomen restricting the Dragons to 61-6 in 20 overs.

Nepal shuffled the batting order and it paid dividend as Sita and Indu gave a 37-run opening wicket stand before finishing at 64-2 in 8.3 overs. Player of the match Sita scored a 13-ball 17 with two fours and Indu was unbeaten on a 24-ball 18.

Skipper Rubina made 10 runs, while Kabita Joshi hit the winning boundaries in the first balls she had faced.

Sita returned the figures of 3-10 and Karuna Bhandari kept Bhutan batting check taking 1-6 from four overs. Opener Ngwang Choden (13) and Sonam Palden (11) were the only Bhutan batswomen to make runs in double figures.

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