Last edition’s runner-up Bangladesh proved too big an opponent for Nepal’s women cricket team ending the ambitions of Nepali eves in the quarter-finals on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon, South Korea.
Set 108 for a place in the semi-finals, Nepal managed just 26 runs before it ran out of wickets, losing by 81 runs.
Earlier, having been sent in to bat first, Bangladesh, who lost to Pakistan in the 2010 Asiad women’s cricket tournament final, started cautiously, scoring just 42 in their first 10 overs.
Bangladesh scored just a single boundary in the period — a four in the very first over off Sonu Khadka — and didn’t manage to get past Nepal’s in-field. However, they kept their wickets losing their first in the 9th over when Shahanaz Parvin got a leading edge from a full-toss by Sarita Magar and the ball popped up in the air to be caught by the bowler. Shahanaz Parvin made 12 off 25 balls.
Opener Ayasha Rahman carried the bat, scoring 51 not out off 60 balls as she helped Bangladesh score 107 for the loss of four wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Sita Magar and Sarita Rana Magar took two Bangladeshi wickets each.
For Bangladesh, Lata Mondal scored 11 runs of 14, Fargana Hoque 6 off 11, captain Salma Khatun 7 off 5 and Rumana Ahmed 4 off 6.
Nepal sent in Sita Magar and Sarita Rana Magar to open the batting for the run chase and lost Sarita in the third over when Jahanara Alam delivery thumped her straight on the pads. Indu Verma replaced Sarita and got a wide ball first up. Jahanara Alam’s next was fuller and fast and more importantly straight as it pulled Verma’s leg stump out of the ground.
Nepal now had its hopes pinned on former captain Nary Thapa Magar — Nepal’s first woman to score a century in national tournament — who joined Sita Magar after Verma. She played 13 deliveries scoring 8 runs — Nepal’s highest score for the day.
With wickets falling around her, Sita Magar managed to hold on for 22 balls, the longest of all Nepali batters on Wednesday. She was Nepal’s fifth wicket to fall, scoring just 2 runs. She was Nepal’s second highest scorer along with Rekha Rawal who also made 2.
None of Nepal’s batters managed to get into the double figures. However, it did well to last 15.2 overs.
Rumana Ahmed and Salma Khatun grabbed three wickets each as Fahima Khatun and Jahanara Alam took two wickets each for Bangladesh.
Nepali women had advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Malaysia by 46 runs on Monday. However, it had lost to Thailand by six wickets in the first group stage match on Saturday.
In the semi-finals, to be played on Thursday, China will take on defending champion Pakistan and Bangladesh will play Sri Lanka.
Captain Rubina Chhetry, vice-captain Mamta Thapa (wicket-keeper), Sarita Magar, Sita Rana Magar, Karuna Bhandari, Sobha Aale, Rekha Rawal, Indu Verma, Kajal Shrestha, Nary Thapa Magar, Sonu Khadka, Saraswoti Chaudhary, Mamta Kumari Chaudhary, Anjali Chand and Trishna Singh