Nepali women’s dismal show against Thailand continued as they lost their 17th Asian Games Group ‘D’ opening match at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon by six wickets.
With Malaysia also pitted in Group ‘D’, Nepal now must return with victory in their second game on Monday to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Thailand, who last year collected experience of playing against Test playing nations Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Associate giants Netherlands, put control over the match with ball restricting Nepal to 64-8 in 20 overs. Thailand reached 65-4 in 15.2 overs.
In a sorry looking Nepali batting scorecard, Nary Thapa and Mamta Chaudhary were the only two batswomen to reach double figures. While Nepal got 13 runs through extras, Indu Verma was their next best scorer with six runs from eight balls.
Nary was the highest run scorer who made 18 off 39 with one boundary while Mamta made 17 off 32 in boundary-less innings. Wongpaka Liengprasert picked up two wickets for Thailand who began their chase with a 17-run stand between openers Nattakan Chantam (nine) and Nattaya Boochatam.
Nepal struck with two quick wickets — one each from skipper Rubina Chhetry and Sarita Magar but Boochatam held firm at the other end. Boohatam perfectly anchored Thailand innings scoring 24 off 42 with one boundary.
Sarita ended up picking 2-16 from four overs, while Nary also picked up one wicket.