Malaysia, Nepal register huge wins on opening day of ACC T20 Championship 2022

Nepal (L) and Malaysia (R) start off with big wins © Malaysia Cricket

Malaysia and Nepal registered big wins in contrasting circumstances on the first day of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Women’s T20 Championship 2022 on Friday (June 17). The other two games were abandoned after persistent rains forcing the matches to a close.

Malaysia vs Singapore

At the Kinara Oval, opting to bat first, Winifred Duraisingam and Mas Elysa put on a huge partnership for the hosts. They added 129 runs for the second wicket with Duraisingam scoring 50 off 48 balls and Elysa made 59 off 39 balls.

Except for Diviya GK, who picked 1/15 in four overs, all the Singapore bowlers were expensive and Ada Bhasin picked up two wickets giving away 39 runs.

In the chase, Singapore were never in the game and they limped to 54 all out in the 18th over. Nik Nur Atiela, Aisya Eleesa, Sasha Azmi, and Elysa picked up two wickets apiece as Malaysia rode to a massive 117-run win.

Nepal vs Bhutan

Nepal were in early trouble at the UKM-YSD Cricket Oval as they lost three wickets for just 12 runs. Then 20s from Indu Barma, Kajal Shresta, and Rubina Chhetry took Nepal to 94 for nine in their stipulated 20 overs.

For Bhutan, Sonam S picked up four wickets giving away only 13 runs.

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In reply, the inexperience of Bhutan showed and they lost wickets at regular intervals. They eventually were skittled out for 44 giving Nepal a 50-run win. Nepal’s Sangita Rai was the most successful bowler with figures of four for six, while Kabita Kunwar picked up two.

Bahrain vs Kuwait; Oman vs UAE

The afternoon matches at both the venues were first stopped by rain and were eventually called off. Bahrain started well scoring 40 for 1 in 6.1 overs before rain came at the Kinara Oval. Elsewhere in UKM-YSD Cricket Oval, Oman were in trouble losing three wickets early and rain had the last say there as well.

Brief Scores:

Malaysia 171/4 in 20 overs (Mas Elysa 59, Winifred Duraisingam 50; Ada Bhasin 2/39) beat Singapore 54/10 in 17.4 overs (Vigineswari Pasupathy 10; Nik Nur Atiela 2/2, Mas Elysa 2/7, Aisya Eleesa 2/7) by 117 runs POTM: Mas Elysa

Nepal 94/9 in 20 overs (Kajal Shresta 26, Rubina Chhetry 21; Sonam S 4/13) beat Bhutan 44/10 in 17.5 overs (Tshering Zangmo 16; Sangita Rai 4/6, Kabita Kunwar 2/3) by 50 runs POTM: Sangita Rai

Bahrain 40/1 in 6.1 overs (Tharanga Gajanayake 15*,  Rasangika Herath 10*) v Kuwait – Match abandoned due to rain

Oman 26/3 in 8.4 overs (Esha Oza 1/2, Samaira Dharnidharka 1/8) v UAE – Match abandoned due to rain