Uganda clinch T20I series with third victoryThe visiting side, chasing a target of 100 runs set by Nepal, post 101-4 with 10 balls to spare to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Series.
Hosts Nepal succumbed to a third straight defeat against Uganda as the visitors took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Women’s T20 International Series at the TU ground in Kirtipur on Thursday.
Electing to bat first, Nepal posted a medium total of 99-8 before the visitors chased the target scoring 101-4 with 10 balls to spare to notch up a six-wicket victory.
The third win in as many matches also assured the Series victory for Uganda. They had registered a 12-run victory in the first match on Monday and a one-wicket win the following day. The fourth match is scheduled for Friday and the last on Saturday.
Opener Jyoti Pandey was the top scorer for Nepal contributing 47 runs. Apart from Pandey, Sita Rana Magar and captain Rubina Chhetry were the only other batters for the home team to touch double digit figures.
The wicketkeeper batter Pandey hit five fences in her 54-ball knock before she was bowled out by Phiona Kulume in the penultimate over.
Batting at number three, Rana Magar contributed 25-ball 12, comprising a fence. She was also caught by Kulume off Janet Mbabazi.
Captain Chhetry remained unbeaten on 18 runs facing 15 deliveries. Coming to bat at number seven, she hit two fences. Opener Bindu Rawal (4), Indu Barma (1), Sarita Magar (0), Roma Thapa (3), Dolly Bhatta (3), Kabita Kunwar (0) were out cheaply while Sabnam Rai remained unbeaten on one run.
Uganda bowlers Kulume, Concy Aweko and Sarah Akiteng shared two wickets each. Kulume conceded 23 runs, Aweko 22 runs and Akiteng 16 runs with all four bowling three overs each.
Chasing the moderate target, opener Kevin Awino scored unbeaten 42 runs off 51 deliveries. The player-of-the-match hit four fences.
Though Nepal dismissed the other opener Leona Babirye for five runs with only nine runs on board, Awino and Mbabazi shared a 67-run stand for the second wicket building the foundation for victory.
Mbabazi made a remarkable contribution of 27 runs facing 39 balls.
She hit a fence and a maximum before being bowled by Indu Barma. Rita Musamali contributed nine runs while Kulume was not out on four runs, smashing the winning boundary to captain Chhetry.
Nepal’s bowler Kabita Kunwar claimed two wickets while Chhetry and Barma picked one wicket each. Kunwar conceded 22 runs in her three over spell. Chhetry gave away 15 runs in her four over bowling while Barma conceded 13 runs in her three-over spell.