Nepal take on the United Arab Emirates in the semi-finals
Nepal women’s national cricket team will face the United Arab Emirates on Friday in the semi-finals of the ACC Women’s Twenty20 Championship after the United Arab Emirates beat Qatar Women by 153 runs to top Group ‘A’.
The United Arab Emirates needed a win in their final group game to clinch the group and they deserved it after Esha Oza had 115 runs on 67 balls that featured 18 boundary and three sixes at Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was his second career ton and the tournament’s first century in Malaysia.
Oza was knocked down by Saachi Dhadwal on the first ball of the 17th, but she had already done her part from the start, sharing a 174-point partnership with Theertha Satish, who hit 55 of 42 deliveries including five on all fours.
Kavisha Egodage then hit five fours in her 13-ball shot as the UAE went to a whopping 214-1 tally.
In response, Qatar, sent onto the pitch first after losing the toss, embarked on an unlikely chase into the crease but lost wickets at regular intervals as an unstoppable UAE cleared them for 61-7.
Suraksha Kotte made the match numbers 11-4. Saachi Dhadwal and Angeline Mare contributed 11 points each for a helpless Qatar. Shrutiben Rana scored 10 points.
Nepal had dropped to second place, behind Hong Kong, after succumbing to a seven-wicket defeat – their first loss in the Group ‘B’ game – against leaders Group ‘B’ on Tuesday.
The loss to Hong Kong could be a big setback for Rubina Chhetry’s side, who are struggling with batting inconsistencies on the pitch in Malaysia.
Nepal’s highest total in the tournament was 109, against Hong Kong. Chhetry and Indu Barma remained more steady with the bat compared to other Nepalese batsmen, but Nepal’s top scorer in the league, Chhetry, managed just 87 in four matches, with her highest tally (34 not knocked out). ) against the Kuwaitis.
On the contrary, three top UAE hitters combined for a total of 353 runs in just three innings. Oza ton took his individual total to 170 runs on Wednesday.
With only two finalists qualified for the ACC Women’s T20 Asian Cup in Bangladesh, Nepal will need to create a big upset if they are to secure their place in the October final.
Hong Kong racked up eight points to qualify as group winners after beating Kuwait by 30 points also on Tuesday.
Hong staged a final battle against hosts Malaysia, who secured their semi-final spot as runners-up with a 53-point victory over Oman in the Malaysian capital.