In an exciting clash of the Women’s Bilateral T20 Cricket Series for the Blind, India took on Nepal and registered their first win in the second league match at the picturesque Pokhara Cricket Ground. India won the toss and opted to field first, with their bowlers aiming to restrict Nepal’s batting line-up.
Nepal’s innings got off to a steady start, but it was Sarita Ghimire who provided the impetus with her fluent stroke play. She scored 56 runs off 44 balls, including three boundaries, to keep Nepal’s scoreboard ticking. However, the Indian bowlers chipped away at the wickets at regular intervals, with B2 Ganga, Sushma Patel Sushama, and Phula Saren taking a wicket each.
Despite Ghimire’s efforts, Nepal’s batting faltered in the later overs, and they were eventually bowled out for 172 runs in 20 overs. The Indian fielding was impressive, with the team taking some excellent catches and saving crucial runs.
In response, India got off to a flying start, with B2 Ganga and Phula Saren adding 50 runs for the first wicket in just 32 balls. Saren was in fine form, scoring a quickfire half-century off just 33 balls, with four boundaries to her name. She was ably supported by Simu Das B1, who smashed 66 runs off just 27 balls, including four boundaries.
India continued to dominate with the bat, and they eventually reached the target of 173 runs with 33 balls to spare. They finished at 173/1 in 14.3 overs, with both Phula Saren and Simu Das B1 unbeaten on their respective scores.
🇮🇳India won by 9 Wickets
🇳🇵 Nepal: 172-10 (20)
Sarita Ghimire: 56 (44)
Bimala Rai: 29 (27)
Sushma Patel: 1-15
🇮🇳 India: 173-1 (14.3)
Simu das: 66* (27)
Phula Saren: 65* (43)
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Overall, it was a dominant display from India, showcasing their strength in depth and their ability to chase down a challenging target. The match was played in great spirits, and both teams showed plenty of skill and determination. India will be hoping to carry their winning momentum into the rest of the series, while Nepal will be looking to bounce back in the coming matches.
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