Rainfall plays spoilsports to shatter Nepal’s dream to qualify for Asia Cup

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Kathmandu: Nepal has been eliminated from the 2022 ACC Women’s T20 Championship underway in Malaysia after its semi-final against the United Arab Emirates was canceled during the second innings due to rainfall. Following this, Nepal’s dream to play in the Women’s Asia Cup was shattered.

Nepal invited the UAE to bat first after winning the toss. With the intent to book a place in the Asia Cup, Nepal bowled it in a style with much vigor. It restricted the UAE to 81 runs in 19.5 overs at the loss of all wickets. But rain intervened before it came out to bat, resulting in the cancellation of the match. So as per the rule of the tournament, the UAE, the group stage winner with good scores makes it to the final.

Nepal could take an advantage of the impressive bowling of Ashimina Karmacharya, who took five wickets single-handedly. Similarly, Indu Barma picked up three wickets and Sita Rana two.

Pooled into Group ‘B’, during the group stage, Nepal won three matches against Bhutan, Kuwait, and Bahrain and conceded a defeat against Hong Kong.