Mariko Hill’s elegant unbeaten knock of 42 steered Hong Kong to a six-wicket win over Nepal on Monday.
Hong Kong won the toss and elected to field at the ICC Academy Dubai ground. Nepal lost their opener Kabita Kunwar, caught to the second ball of the first over for a duck. Opener Sita Rana Magar and Kajal Shrestha took the score to 21 before Hills took her second catch to dismiss Shrestha off skipper Kary Chan for 4.
Though Indu Barma (31) and Magar tried hard to push the run rate, Hong Kong bowled tightly to restrict them to 104 for 3. Magar remained unbeaten on 40 off 58 balls with four boundaries.
Hong Kong too began their chase losing an early wicket when their opener Yasmin Daswani got caught behind off Kabita Kunwar for 2. Then Mariko Hill began to stroke beautifully picking the gaps along with Natasha Miles and took the score to 27. Sabnam Rai clean bowled Miles for 16.
Kary Chan joined Hill and steered the total past the 50 run mark at the halfway mark. Magar struck to clean bowl Chan for 17. Though Shanzeen Shahzad got run out for 7, Hill and Emma Lai carried their team safely to the target. Lai remained unbeaten on 14 and together with Hill ensured the win with 12 balls to spare.
Hill’s knock from 38 balls contained four boundaries and ensured that her team maintained the required run rate to reach the target.