Nepal defeated Bhutan by five wickets to recover from their humiliating eight wicket humbling from Thailand in the ACC Women’s Premier Cricket Tournament at the Gymkhana grounds on Friday.
Nepal restricted Bhutan to 103-7 in 40 overs with a disciplined bowling attack and in reply reached 105-5 but not before needing to recover from their top order failure. Skipper Rubina Chhetri top scored in the match with 31 not out in Nepal’s chase.
For the second match in a row, Nepal’s top order terribly collapse when openers Rekha Rawal (two), Sita Rana Magar (eight), Sarita Magar (one) and Neera Rajopadhayay (four) lost their wickets cheaply when the scores read 37 in 12.3 overs.
Rubina then batted sensibly and involved in two crucial partnerships that architected a much-needed victory for Nepal. Rubina shared 37 runs for the fifth wicket with Mamta Thapa and unbeaten 31 with Mamta Chaudhary as Nepal won the match with 80 balls to spare.
Rubina smashed seven boundaries in her unbeaten 45-ball knock. Mamta made 20 off 48 balls with three boundaries, while Mamta was 13 not out from 16 balls. The victory – second in the first three matches – took Nepal to third position ahead of Hong Kong on net run rate. Hong Kong today hammered Iran by 179 runs and are tied on four points from three matches with Nepal.
Earlier, Nepali bowlers reduced Bhutan to 50-6 in 27 overs that saw them dominated throughout the match. Sonam Choden and Yeshey Wangmo earned some respectability for Bhutan when the duo added 50 runs for the seventh wicket until Rubina got rid of the former.
Sonam made 21 off 53 and Yeshey scored an unbeaten 23 from 41 deliveries. Sonu was the pick of the Nepali bowlers returning with an enviable figure of 2-5 and player-of-the-match Rubina took 2-15. The two Nepali bowlers conceded just 20 runs in their collective 16 overs.