Nepal women clinched their maiden Twenty20 International series after restricting Qatar by 61 runs in the second match of the three-match series in Doha on Wednesday.
Winning the toss, Nepal Women managed 129 for 6 in their 20 overs. Jyoti Pandey(6) and Sabnam Rai made their debut for Nepal as Indu Barma, the half-centurion from the earlier match was given rest.
Opener Kabita Kunwar made run-a-ball 31 runs, striking two sixes. Apsari Begam made a handful of contributions towards the end. Begam hit one boundary in her innings of 23 runs from 17 balls. However, the major contribution came from the skipper’s bat today.
Rubina Chhetri registered her first fifty in her T20 international career. Chhetri smashed four boundaries and a six in her innings of exact 50 runs from 48 balls. She became the second batter for Nepal women to score a half-century in Women’s T20 Internationals. Indu Barma hit unbeaten 55 runs in the first T20 match against Qatar on Tuesday.
Angeline Mare grabbed two wickets for Qatar.
In reply, Qatar Women were bundled for 68 runs in 19.3 overs. Skipper Aysha top-scored with a 32-ball 24 runs, hitting two boundaries. Kerry Pounsett made 15 runs contribution, however, Nepali bowlers were on top from the start of the chase.
Saraswati Kumari (4-1-8-4) produced an outstanding spell of bowling, taking four wickets in her 4 overs. Rubina Chhetri grabbed two wickets while Kabita Joshi, Sangita Rai, Sabnam Rai took one wicket each.
For an all-around show, Nepal’s skipper was adjudged with the player of the match trophy.
Nepal will take on Qatar in the last outing on Thursday at West End Park International Cricket Stadium in Doha.
The 14 member Nepali Women’s squad will fly out to Dubai on November 19 for the ICC Women’s World Cup Asia qualifiers scheduled for 22nd to 28th November.
Nepal will take on hosts UAE, Malaysia, Bhutan, Hong Kong, and Kuwait.