July 10, Kathmandu. The goal of the Nepali national women’s cricket team, which arrived in Malaysia to play in the ACC Women’s T20 Championship, was to win the title of the competition and be selected in the Asia Cup.
There was a provision for the two teams to reach the final of the 10-team competition to be selected in the Asia Cup. But after exiting the semi-finals, Nepal’s goal of winning the title of the tournament and playing in the Asia Cup could not be achieved.
Earlier, Nepal had played the Asia Cup twice in 2012 and 2016. This time, two teams would be selected in the Asia Cup from the T20 Championship.
Rain in the decisive game Obstacle
Nepal could not be selected in the Asia Cup due to rain rather than performance in the decisive game. Nepal was unlucky as the semi-final match against UAE was not completed and UAE was lucky.
UAE Group A reached the semifinals as the group winner after winning all four games. Nepal finished second in the group with three wins and one loss.
Even though they did not complete the semi-final, UAE managed to reach the final on the basis of winning the group. Group runner-up Nepal returned home empty handed.
Asmina’s 5 wickets
Nepal, who won the toss and elected to field, bowled brilliantly on Friday. Asmina Karmacharya alone took 5 wickets and UAE was all out for 81 runs in 19.5 overs.
Despite making some mistakes in fielding, Nepal had prepared the ground for reaching the final by dismissing UAE. Asmina took 5 wickets for 10 runs in 3.5 overs while bowling her career best against UAE. Similarly, Indu Burma took 3 wickets and Sita Rana Magar took 2 wickets.
Asmina Karmacharya took 5 wickets but her performance was overshadowed when Nepal could not bat.
Batting at number eight for UAE, Vaishnavi Mahesh top-scored with 16 while opener Isha Ojha added 15, skipper Chhaya Mughal added 14 and Khushi Sharma added 12.
This is Asmina’s personal best bowling performance in T20 Internationals and the third best bowling from Nepal overall.
Earlier, Anjali Chand had taken six wickets in the 13th South Asian Games against Maldives without conceding a single run in 2.1 overs.
Similarly, Neri Thapa took 6 wickets for 8 runs in 4 overs against Hong Kong in the 2019 T20 World Cup Asia selection.
Asmina, who made her debut for Nepal in the series against Uganda at the Tribhuvan Cricket Ground in Kirtipur last May, has taken 10 wickets in 7 matches so far.
Defeat with Hong Kong is expensive
After winning three games in the group stage, Nepal lost to Hong Kong. Now the same defeat has cost Nepal dearly.
Nepal would have won the group if they had won against Hong Kong. Due to which, Nepal could get another opponent in the semi-final. But now it is over.
In the first match of Group B, Nepal defeated Bhutan by 50 runs. Nepal defeated Kuwait by 25 runs in the second match and easily defeated Bahrain by 8 wickets in the third match. But in the last match of the group, Nepal easily lost to Hong Kong by 7 wickets. Hong Kong won all four games and Nepal became the group runner-up.
Nepal played a total of 5 games in the championship including the semi-final. Nepal, which lost only one game, could not meet the target. The defeat against Hong Kong itself became costly for Nepal.
Nepal lost to Hong Kong and UAE 2 in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia qualifiers in the UAE in November 2021 and failed to advance to the World Cup.
Hong Kong, which was once easily defeated by Nepal, has now become a challenge for Nepal. Hong Kong and UAE have recently become strong rivals for Nepal.
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