India bowls out Nepal for lowest total, wins by 99 runs

India, who has already qualified for the final before today’s match, rested some top players, including Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. Chasing 121, Nepal was bowled out for just 21 in 16.3 overs, the lowest total in women’s T20 Internationals, to suffer a crushing defeat in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament here in Bangkok today.

Shikha Pandey was the top scorer with a 32-ball 39 not out which included five boundaries.   -  G.P. Sampath Kumar

India bowls out minnows Nepal for the lowest ever total of 21 runs to notch up a resounding 99-run win in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament match here in Bangkok today. Put into bat, the India scored 120 for 5 in its allotted 20 overs with Shikha Pandey top-scoring with a 32-ball 39 not out which was laced with five boundaries.

Pandey and captain Harmanpreet Kaur (14 not out) shared 51 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket to reach that total at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground here. India, who has already qualified for the final before today’s match, rested some top players, including Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.

Chasing 121 for a win, Nepal was bowled out for just 21 in 16.3 overs, the lowest total in women’s T20 Internationals, to suffer a crushing defeat. Earlier, the lowest innings total was 44 all out scored by Bangladesh in its first innings against Pakistan in this same tournament on November 30.

India’s winning margin of 99 was also the third highest in terms of number of runs. India ended the league stage of the tournament as toppers, finishing on 10 points after winning all its five matches. Poonam Yadav was the most successful Indian bowler with figures of 3 for 9 while Sabbhineni Meghana and Anuja Patil got two wickets apiece. Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi and Ekta Bisht took one wicket each.

None of the Nepal batswomen could reach double-digit figures with Sarita Magar top-scoring with 6. The extras contributed more than any Nepal batswoman’s score at 7. Four Nepali batters were out for a duck while number 11 Saraswati Kumari was not out without scoring.

Brief Scores:

India Women: 120 for 5 in 20 overs (Shikha Pandey 39 not out; Rubina Chhetry 2/21). Nepal Women: 21 all out in 16.3 overs (Sarita Magar 6; Poonam Yadav 3/9).