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Nepali women cricketers make it to quarters of Asian Games

INCHEON : The Nepali national women's cricket team has advanced to the quarter-finals after defeating Malaysia by 46 runs in the Asian Games Women's Cricket Competition held at Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon, South Korea, on Monday . Karuna Bhandari bowls against Malaysia at the Yeonhui Cricket Ground in Incheon, South Korea, during a T20 cricket match under the 2014 Asian Games, on Monday, September 22, 2014. Nepal is the runner-up of Group 'D' runner-up while Thailand topped the group. Nepal will now play Bangladesh on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. After being sent in to bat, Nepal made a slow start, scoring just 24 runs in the first ten overs losing just opener Sobha Aale. The Nepali batters then picked up the pace 64 in the next ten to finish with 88 runs for the loss of three wickets in allotted 20 overs. 

Opener Sita Rana Magar made a patient 18 runs off 41 deliveries. Mamta Chaudhary top-scored for Nepal with 22 runs off 29 balls and Sarita Magar added 12 off 15 to set Malaysia 89-run target. Jannadiah Halim, J Intan and Nadhirah Nasruddin took a wicket each for Malaysia. In reply, return Malaysia could make only 42 runs, losing all wickets in 14.5 overs. Karuna Bhandari took Malaysian wickets while Sarita Magar, Rubina Chhetry and Sona Khadka took a wicket each. Bhandari gave away just 6 runs in her 3.5 overs, which included a maiden over. Similarly, China and Hong Kong qualified for the quarter-finals as Group 'C' topper and runner-up, respectively. Nepal will meet Bangladesh in its quarter-final match while Thailand, which beat Nepal by six wickets Tuesday, will play against Pakistan. China will take on Japan and Hong Kong will face Sri Lanka in the other quarter-final matches.

Nepali squad: Captain Rubina Chhetry, vice-captain Mamta Thapa, Sarita Magar, Sita Rana Magar, Karuna Bhandari, Sobha Aale, Rekha Rawal, Indu Verma, Kajal Shrestha, Nary Thapa Magar, Sonu Khadka, Saraswoti Chaudhary, Mamta Kumari Chaudhary, Anjali Chand and Trishna Singh.

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