An allround performance from skipper Rubina Chhetry and a brilliant four-fer from Saraswati Kumari helped Nepal beat Qatar by 61 runs in the second T20I, sealing the three-match T20I series, on November 17 (Wednesday).
Opting to bat first, Nepal lost Jyoti Pandey and Kajal Shrestha early. Kabita Kunwar and Chhetry hung in there to build a partnership and revive the innings for Nepal.
The former scored 31 runs from 30 balls, including two sixes, before getting out Sabeeja Panayan. Together, the pair had added 56 runs for the third wicket.
Though Sarita Magar and Dolly Bhatta fell in quick succession, Apsari Begam and Chhetry kept the innings going for Nepal. The skipper brought up her half-century in style with four boundaries and six. However, she did not last long as Chhetry got out to Saachi Dhadwal for 50 runs from 48 balls.
A quickfire 17-ball 23 from Begam helped Nepal finish with 129 for six in 20 overs. Angeline Mare was the pick of the bowlers for Qatar, taking two wickets for 28 runs.
In reply, Qatar was in for a shock as Saraswati Kumari rattled their top-order, sending back Hiral Agarwal, Panayan and Dhadwal in the power play. They were down to six for three and never recovered from that blow.
Though skipper Aysha and Kerry Pounsett played some shots and tried to build partnerships, Nepal bowlers were just too good for Qatar. They eventually were all out for 68 in 19.3 overs, falling short by 61 runs. Kumari picked four wickets for just eight runs in her four overs.
Nepal 129/6 in 20 overs (Rubina Chhetry 50; Angelina Mare 2/28) beat Qatar 68 all out in 19.3 overs (Aysha 24; Saraswati Kumari 4/8) by 61 runs.