Debutante Hiranmayee Roy helps Nepal to first win of Uganda series

Hiranmayee Roy won POTM on her debut © Cricket Nepal

Debutante Hiranmayee Roy helped Nepal to their first win of the five-match series against Uganda. The leg-spinner took two wickets in the fourth T20I as the hosts got the better of Uganda by 15 runs at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Friday (May 20). Uganda already wrapped up the series with three wins from first three matches.

After a slight rain delay reducing the match to 18 overs, Nepal openers added 29 runs in quick time with Jyoti Pandey taking the attack to Uganda bowlers. However, Janet Mbabazi removed the dangerous Pandey in the fourth over for a 13-ball 17. Skipper Consylate Numungu took the important wickets of Indu Barma and Bindu Rawal as Nepal were reduced to 66 for six.

Nepal captain Rubina Chhetry was the sixth one to fall as she became Sarah Akiteng’s second wicket. The lower order and some wayward bowling provided some extra runs for the home side as they were bowled out for 97 in the penultimate ball of their innings.

For Uganda, Numungu was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets giving away only 13 runs. Akiteng had figures of two for ten from her four overs.

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In the chase, Uganda lost two early wickets with Leona Babirye and Kevin Awino, player of the match from the last game, getting out with just 19 runs on the board. Mbabazi and Rita Nyangendo took the score to 56 before Roy struck with the important wicket of Mbabazi.

From there, Uganda lost wickets in regular intervals as they were reduced to 70 for 7 from 56 for 2. Evelyn Anyipo tried to play some big shots in a 11-ball 16, but it was too little too late. By the time Kabita Kunwar accounted for her in the final over, Nepal were firmly in the driving seat on their way to first win of the series.

For Nepal, apart from the wicket of Mbabazi, Roy also snared the important wicket of Numungu for a duck. In the three overs she bowled, Roy gave away only 11 runs while picking up these two wickets.

Brief Scores: Nepal 97/10 in 17.5 overs (Jyoti Pandey 17, Bindu Rawal 16; Consylate Numungu 3/13, Sarah Akiteng 2/10) beat Uganda 82/8 in 18 overs (Janet Mbabazi 21; Hiranmayee Roy 2/11) by 15 runs POTM: Hiranmayee Roy