Nary Thapa and Manisha Rawal, an 88-run partnership

Nepal beat a spirited Singapore side in the latest Group A match of the ACC U-19 Women’s Championship. In the end, Singapore’s young side – the youngest player Tanisha Moghe became 10, 10 days ago – were no match for Nepal’s seasoned campaigners, going down by runs. But they made Nepal work hard at times, in extremely muggy conditions.

Nepal’s opener Manisha Rawal top-scored with 62 off 75 deliveries, surviving a chance when on 33 but generally batting fluently. Her 88-run partnership with captain Nary Thapa (47* off 36) took the game away from Singapore who tried hard in the field but just couldn’t put enough consistent pressure on the Nepalis. Anything loose was punished and every opportunity for a run was taken.

Nary Thapa flashes

Sonu Khadka’s put on some yards since her last outing for Nepal at the ACC Women’s T20 in 2009 and coupled with her accuracy, she was the pick of the bowlers on display today. The batters did nothing more than block and play and miss against her. Singapore’s batters were pinned down from the start and never got away. Nary Thapa’s not captain for nothing, and she took Sonu Khadka off after 2 overs in order to get in on the action herself from the Pavilion End.

Quite a bit slower than Sonu, with a high left-arm action, she does have the ability to make things happen, and a wicket fell to a run-out off her first ball. She did take two more wickets in her next over though and Singapore had lost four wickets with the score still stuck on 3. Nary took a blow to the face in trying to field a throw from the deep but carried on after treatment on the field.

Singapore’s captain Priyanjali Jain struck her team’s first 4 soon after but at 10 for 7 after 10 overs, the game was all but over. Vritti Sethi pulled another boundary soon after to give Singapore’s fans at the ground something to cheer. There’s a case for Vritti a senior team player, to bat higher up the order, she played the shot of the day, coming down the wicket (a rare occurrence in itself) to drive Geeta Chudal’s medium pace down the ground.

Singapore’s Vritti Sethi

Against Nepal’s lesser bowlers Singapore thrived, Priyanjali Jain playing some good shots of her own and the eight-wicket partnership did something to restore credibility to their innings. With the score advanced to 54, Nary Thapa brought herself back on. Vritti and Priyanjali were a match for the wily left-armer. Sonu Khadka was brought back from the Dormitory End, her first ball was clipped down to third man by Vritti for the 50-partnership off just 56 balls).

With three wins out of three in their matches so far, Nepal are through to the semi-finals to be played on Monday the 11th.

ACC U-19 Women’s Championship

Group A: Singapore v Nepal at Yorker
Nepal won the toss and chose to bat
Nepal: 159 for 2 off 25 overs
(M. Rawal 62*, N. Thapa 47*)
Singapore: 89 for 9 off 25 overs (P.Jain 30*, V.Sethi 44; R.Chhetri 2-11, N.Thapa 2-5)
Player of the Match: Nary Thapa (Nepal)

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Pictures by Iftekhar Haider

Filed October 7th, 2010