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Nepal open campaign with huge defeat

Nepal began their ACC Women’s Asia Cup campaign with defeat losing to mighty Pakistan by nine wickets at the Terdthai Cricket Ground in Bangkok on Saturday.

Electing to bat first, Nepal were bundled out for a paltry 47 in 18.1 overs. Pakistan raced to victory in just 10 overs with openers Ayesha Zafar and Javeria Khan forging a 44-run stand for the first wicket.

Zafar top scored with a 35-ball 26 with three boundaries and Khan hit a four in her 16 not out from 21. Zafar was run out in the 10th over when Pakistan had needed just four runs.

Earlier, Nepal were left clueless after they lost wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 26-7 in the 10th over. Skipper Rubina Chhetri and Karuna Bhandari (six) added 14 runs but to no avail. Rubina was out for 11, Nepal’s top score, from 33 balls.

Karuna, opener Jyoti Pandey (eight) and Indu Barma (eight) were the only Nepali batswoman to hit boundaries – one each. Anam Amin, Sana Mir and Sadia Yousuf picked up two wickets each for Pakistan.

Nepal next play Sri Lanka at the same venue on Monday. In another match of the day, defending champions India hammered Bangladesh by 64 runs with a dominant display in both bowling and batting department.

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