Nepal ran riot over Kuwait bundling out the gulf nation for just 27 runs to claim their second consecutive victory in the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Asia Qualifier in Dubai on Thursday.
Kuwait’s decision to bat first back fired after they survived just 15.4 overs to get bundled out for tournament’s lowest total so far. Nepal reached the target in just 3.3 overs despite losing opener Sita Rana Magar (duck) in the fifth ball of their chase.
The big victory meant Nepal are right on the track to claim the top spot that guarantees a place in the Global Qualifier. Nepal are currently at the top of the table on net run rate after tying on four points with UAE who have played a game less.
Nepal, who lost to Hong Kong in their tournament opener, will now play Malaysia before taking on UAE in the last game. All will come down to run rate, if Nepal beat Malaysia and fancy a chance against UAE.
In the match on Thursday, Nepal kept picking up wickets from the second over folding the Kuwaiti side for a platry total. While seven Kuwaiti batswomen failed to open their account, opener Priyada Murali top scored with 10 runs.
For Nepal, Sangita Rai bowled just 16 deliveires to take three wickets, while skipper Rubina Chhetri gave away just a single in her three-over spell to take two wickets. Karuna Bhandari returned the figures of 2-8 from three.
After Sita’s departure, Rubina and Indu got involved in a 27-run second wicket stand. Indu made an eight-ball 13 and Rubina scored 10-ball 12 with both hitting a boundary each.