UAE beat Bhutan in T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier; Nepal and Hong Kong come back to their winning ways

UAE beat Bhutan in T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier; Nepal and Hong Kong come back to their winning ways

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Career-best figures for Khushi Sharma and half-centuries from Theertha Satish and Chamani Seneviratne led the hosts UAE to a dominating win over Bhutan T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier on Thursday (November 25). Meanwhile, Nepal thumped Kuwait with Hong Kong coming back to winning ways.

After opting to field first, Bhutan got rid of opener Esha Oza early but Satish and Seneviratne (63) batted together for 18 overs to take UAE beyond 140. Satish remained unbeaten on 64 as the pair put a partnership of 133 runs. Anju Gurung took two wickets for Bhutan as every other bowler was hit all over the park.

In reply, Sonam Paldon (26) and Ngawang Choden (25) gave Bhutan a promising start as they added 50 runs for the opening partnership in the first ten overs. Once Dechen Wangmo was dismissed by Sharma for just eight runs, Bhutan lost the next seven wickets for 37 runs, and could only score 102 by the end of the innings. Sharma took five wickets, conceding 22 runs from her four overs to help UAE win the match by 47 runs.

At the ICC Academy in Dubai, Kuwait’s decision to bat first failed miserably as they were bowled out for 27 in 15 overs. For Kuwait, only opener Priyada Murali could score in double digits. Sangita Rai took three wickets for Nepal and she was assisted by Rubina Chhetry and Karuna Bhandari as they took two wickets each.

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Kuwait got an early breakthrough in the defence as Sita Rana Magar was bowled for a duck by Maria Jasvi. After this early blow captain Chhetry and Indu Barma chased down the target in the fourth over as Nepal registered their second victory of the tournament.

Mas Elyse continued her form with the bat for Malaysia with 38 after hong Kong invited Malaysia to bat first. She was supported by wicketkeeper Wan Junia (19) and allrounder Mahirah Izzati Ismail (18). Captain Kary Chan took two wickets as Hong Kong restricted Malaysia for 101 for five in 20 overs.

Hong Kong’s chase started with two early blows as captain Winifred Duraisingam stuck twice in the first over. Opener Mariko Hill and Chan steadied the chase with the partnership of 69 runs. Chan remained unbeaten on 38 as wickets were falling around her and led Hong Kong to the second win of the tournament. Apart from Duraisingam, Nik Nur Atiela took two wickets for Malaysia but, it was not enough for them.

Brief Scores:

UAE 149/2 in 20 overs (Theertha Satish 64*, Chamani Seneviratne 61; Anju Gurung 2/25) beat Bhutan 102/9 in 20 overs (Sonam Paldon 26*, Sonam Paldon 25; Khushi Sharma 5/22) by 47 runs

Kuwait 27 all out in 15.4 overs (Priyada Murali 10, Maryam Omar7; Sangita Rai 3/2) lost to Nepal 28/3 in 3.3 overs (Indu Barma 13*, Rubina Chhetry 12; Maria Jasvi 1/15) by nine wickets

Malaysia 101/5 20 overs (Mas Elysa 38, Wan Julia 19, Kary Chan 2/9) lost to Hong Kong 102/6 in 17.4 overs (Kary Chan 38*, Mariko Hill 36; Nik Nur Atiela 2/13) by four wickets

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