The Nepalese women’s team has secured consecutive victories in the ongoing ACC Women’s Premier Cup. They clinched an eight-wicket win against Bhutan women, following their previous triumph over Hong Kong women where they also won by eight wickets.
ACC Women’s Premier Cup serves as the qualification pathway for the 2024 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup. Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament with the top two teams earning qualification for the Asia Cup.
Chasing a target of 66 runs, Nepal completed a chase in 11.5 overs losing a couple of wickets. Nepal were 18/2 in four overs after losing Kabita Kunwar (5) and Indu Barma (1) cheaply. The experienced duo of Sita Rana Magar and Rubina Chhetri then shared an unbeaten 48 runs to guide Nepal towards a victory. Sita scored 32* from 37 balls whereas, Rubina made 17* from 24 delivaries.
Earlier, Bhutan posted 65/4 in the allotted 20 overs after Nepal won the toss and asked them to bat first. Opener Ngawang Choden top-scored with a sluggish 25-ball 50 runs. Skipper Dechen Wangmo and Tshering Zangmo added 17 and 16 runs respectively. For Nepal, Kabita Kunwar (4-1-7-1), Sita Rana Magar (4-1-8-1), Kabita Joshi and Indu Barma took one wicket each.
On February 13, Nepal is set to engage in their final group-stage match against the Maldives women. A victory in this last match would propel them to the top of Group D, setting the stage for a matchup against the Group A runner-up, likely to be Kuwait.