Nepal lose second match against UgandaThe visitors lead the five-match T20I series 2-0 after they chase 102 runs target set by home team in 19.5 overs.
Hosts Nepal lost second match in a row against Uganda facing one wicket defeat on Tuesday to go down 2-0 in a five-match women's Twenty20 International series at the TU ground in Kirtipur.
Put to bat first after losing the toss, Nepal scored 101-7 before the visiting side made 102-9 in the penultimate delivery of the innings to pour cold water on the home team's ambition of levelling the series.
The outcome meant Uganda are one win away from winning the series. Nepal had faced a 12-run defeat in the series opener on Monday. The third, fourth and fifth matches of the series are scheduled from Thursday to Saturday.
The home team again failed to perform with the bat and lost wickets in regular intervals. They made a sluggish opening and were 36-2 at the completion of the 10th over. Opener Bindu Rawal, Sarita Magar and captain Rubina Chhetry were the only players to score in double digit figures.
Rawal top scored for Nepal with 26 runs facing 36 deliveries. She hit two fences before being caught and bowled by Rita Musamali. Her opening partner and deputy captain Indu Barma was dismissed for five runs facing 13 deliveries.
Magar contributed 22 off 27 that included two fences. She was caught by Janet Mbabazi. Captain Chhetri contributed 15-ball 17 before she was run out in the last delivery of the innings. She hit two boundaries. Dolly Bhatta was not out on nine runs facing seven deliveries. Chhetri and Bhatta combined to collect 15 runs in the last over as the home team crossed the 100 run total.
Nepali batters Apsari Begam (3 runs), Sita Rana Magar (6 runs) and Kabita Joshi (0) were out cheaply.
Mbabazi picked two wickets for Uganda while Evelyn Anyipo, Concy Aweko and Rita Musamali shared a wicket each.
Uganda also made a shaky start to their run chase losing openers Kevin Awino for four runs and Leona Babirye for nine runs. Awino was caught by Barma of Kabita Kunwar in the fourth ball of the innings. Babirye, dismissed as third wicket, played 19-ball 9 before she was run out in the ninth over.
Musamali, who came to bat at number four, was the highest scorer for Uganda scoring 30 runs off 34. The player-of-the-match hit three fences before she was run out in the 15th over. Franklin Najjumba was another remarkable scorer contributing 19 runs off 28. She hit a boundary before being caught by Rawal off Kunwar. Number three batter Mbabazi scored ball-a-run 16 that included three fences. She was caught and bowled by Sita Rana Magar.
Uganda seemed to be in a tricky situation as they lost two wickets in the penultimate over when they required 10 runs from 12 deliveries. Though they collected singles in the first four balls of the 19th over, Phiona Kulume and Evelyn Anyipo were dismissed in the fifth and sixth ball with 96-7 on board.
They required six runs in the final over and were given a single by Kunwar after she hurled a wide ball. However, Franklin Najjumba was dismissed in the next delivery as she was caught by Rawal. Sarah Walaza was run out in the second delivery in her bid to collect two runs with 9-98 on board. But captain Concey Aweko picked a single in the third delivery and Akiteng collected two runs in the following ball. Akiteng then scored one run in the penultimate delivery, guiding them to victory.