Kathmandu, Feb 10: Nepal has made a winning start under the ACC Women’s Premier Cup. Nepal defeated Hong Kong by eight wickets in a match that was held at the Selangor Turf Club in Malaysia.
Nepal had to chase a target of 94 runs posted by Hong Kong. Nepal achieved the target losing two wickets in 14.1 overs.
Nepali team captain Indu Barma contributed the most 40 runs for Nepal. She hit one six and three fours. Similarly, Sita Ranamagar scored an unbeaten 36 runs. She hit one six and one four. Kabita Kunwar added four runs. On the bowling side, Hong Kong’s Iqra Sahar and Chan Ka Ying Kary took one wicket each.
At the Selangor Turf Club in Malaysia, Indu Barma, the captain of the Nepali team, won the toss and decided to field first. Hong Kong scored 93 runs after losing eight wickets in the scheduled 20 overs. Captain Chan Ka Ying Kary scored the highest 21 runs for Hong Kong. She hit three fours while playing 31 balls. Similarly, Maryam Bibi scored 19 runs, Yasmin Daswani scored 15 runs and Natasha Miles scored 11 runs.
On the bowling side, Nepal’s Pooja Mahato and Rubeena Chhetri took two wickets each and Kabita Joshi and Sita Ranamagar took one wicket each. The Nepali team consists of Indu Barma (captain), Apsari Begum, Daly Bhatta, Kabita Joshi, Kabita Kunwar, Kajol Shrestha, Rubina Chhetri, Sita Ranamagar, Samjhana Khadka, Puja Mahato and Roma Thapa.
In the ongoing competition, Nepal is in Group ‘D’. The group also includes Hong Kong, Bhutan and Maldives. 16 countries are participating in the ACC Women’s Premier Cup. The participating teams are divided into four groups.
Group ‘A’ has Kuwait, Myanmar, Singapore and Thailand. Group ‘B’ consists of China, Japan, Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Similarly, in group ‘C’ there are Bahrain, Indonesia, Malaysia and Qatar.
The top two teams from each group will enter the quarterfinals. The two teams that play in the final will get to play in the Women’s Asia Cup this year. The four teams that reach the semi-finals will be eligible to participate in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup next year. #Nepal