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Nepal in danger of elimination

Nepal have almost thrown away a chance to find themselves in the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Global Qualifiers after they were stunned by women’s cricket’s youngest entrants United Arab Emirates in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday.

Batting first, UAE recovered twice in the game to reach 79-7 in 20 overs and restricted Nepal to 74 in 20 overs. From a winning position when Nepal needed 15 runs from the last 18 balls, they could only manage nine runs in their third match of the tournament.

Nepal had their matches against Thailand and Hong Kong washed out due to rain in the first two days of the tournament and they now stay fifth in the points table with just two points from three games. Thailand and Hong Kong lead the table with five points apiece, while UAE (four points) and Malaysia (two points) are third and fourth respectively.

Nepal had a horrible start in their chase after they were reduced to 11-3 in 2.3 overs losing opener Sita Rana Magar (seven) and worst was when Indu Berma and Nary Thapa both fell for duck. Kajol Shrestha and opener Jyoti Pandey stemmed the wicket flow with a 16-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Jyoti made 12 from 15 balls with one boundary. Kajol (eight) and Sarita Magar (five) then combined for 12 runs in a partnership that lasted for 35 balls. But Nepal suffered a mini collapse losing Kajol, Sarita, Karuna Bhandari (six) and Rubina Chhetri (zero) in a space of 16 runs.

Ritu Kanujiya kept Nepal in the game adding 15 runs for the ninth wicket with Roma Thapa (three). But under pressure, Nepal collected three runs each from the 18th, 19th and 20th overs. Ritu top scored for Nepal with 22 runs from 23 balls hitting two boundaries.

Nisha Ali and Humaria Tasneem kept it tight for UAE conceding 10 runs each in their four-over spells and picking up two wickets apiece.

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