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Nepali women win their first ever Twenty20 International Series

Nepal claimed their first Twenty20 International Series after sweeping aside Qatar by 61 runs in the second the three-match contest in Doha on Wednesday.

Having beaten the same side by 119 runs in the first match on Tuesday, Nepal now take an unassailable lead to win their first ever bilateral Twenty20 International Series, which also happens to be their first ever outing.

Nepal are preparing for the upcoming ICC Twenty20 Women’s World Cup Asia Qualifier to be held in December.

Nepal rested Tuesday’s half centurion Indu Barma and it was skipper Rubina Chhetry who reached the milestone leading Nepal to 129-6 in 20 overs. Qatar were bundled out for a paltry 27 and on Wednesday they improved with both bat and ball making 68 all out in 19.3 overs.

They were heading towards yet another low total, reduced to 17-4 after three wickets from Saraswati Chaudhary, but a 34-run stand between captain Aysha and Kerry Pounsett (15) save their blushes.

Aysha top scored with a 32-ball 24 hitting two boundaries. Saraswati ended up returning the figures of 4-8 from four overs, while player-of-the-match Rubina also took two wickets.

Sabnam Rai, Sangita Rai and Kabita Joshi also had one scalp apiece.

Earlier, Nepal lost opener Jyoti Pandey (six) and No 3 Kajal Shrestha (three) with just 20 runs on the board. Kabita Kunwar was tested at No 1 and she fared well adding 56 runs for the third wicket with Rubina.

Kabita scored a 30-ball 31 hitting two sixes. Nepal did also lose Sarita Magar (four) and hard-hitting Dolly Bhatta (duck) in quick succession but Rubina and Apsari Begam took the team beyond 125. Rubina was out for a 48-ball 50 with four boundaries and a six, while Apsari chipped in a 17-ball 23. Angeline Mare took two wickets for Qatar.

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