T20 records galore as Nepal make short work of MaldivesAnjali Chand, making her T20 international debut, took six wickets in 13 deliveries without conceding a run in the hosts’ facile 10-wicket win.
Nepal's Anjali Chand has set a new record in Twenty20 internationals as she took six wickets, including a hattrick, without conceding a run in her team's 10-wicket victory in the match against the Maldives in South Asian Games on Monday.
The 24-year-old debutant returned the best figures in men's or women's Twenty20 internationals with 6-0 as Nepal bowled out the Maldives for a paltry 16 runs in 10.1 overs after they elected to bat first in the match played at Pokhara Stadium.
Hamza Niyaz and Hafsaa Abdhulla were only Maldivian batters to open their account. Nine batters returned to the pavilion without scoring any run. Niyaz scored nine runs and Abdhulla made four.
Nepal chased down the target in just five balls without losing any wickets. Opener Kajal Shrestha made 13 runs with three boundaries. Maldives conceded four extra runs.
Chand was declared the player of the match for her outstanding feat.
Nepal have created four world records in the match, claimed Jagat Bahadur Tamata, head coach of the Nepali women's team.
"Anjali's bowling figures, Nepal chasing down the target in just five balls without losing a wicket, bowling Maldives out for 16 runs and removing nine Maldives batters without scoring are the world records in T20 match," Tamata said.
The previous Twenty20 women's bowling record was held by Malaysia's Mas Elysa following her figures of 6-3 against China in January. In the men's category, record for the best bowling figures in a T20 international is held by India's Deepak Chahar, who took 6-7 against Bangladesh in November.
Nepal's captain Rubina Chhetri expressed delight at her team's performance.
"We have prepared for the South Asian Games for a long period," Chhetri said. "We take it as an opportunity to prove the credentials of Nepali women's cricket."
Maldives captain Zoona Mariyam was sad with her team's "disappointing" performance, but said, "It was our first international match and the loss against a strong side like Nepal is a learning curve."
Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, two top teams in the competition, play on Tuesday. Nepal will take on Bangladesh on Wednesday.