United Arab Emirates teenager Mahika Gaur has steamed through Nepal’s top order to help bowl out the opposition for eight.
The United Arab Emirates has claimed a remarkable 10-wicket victory over Nepal in its Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier, bowling out their entire opposition for eight on Saturday.
Nepal, who won the toss and chose to bat at Bangi’s UKM-YSD Cricket Oval in Malaysia, were rolled in just 8.1 overs. Six players were dismissed for a duck, with Sneha Marasini top-scoring with three.
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UAE teenager Mahika Gaur, who was later named player of the match, claimed figures of 5/2 from her four overs, while teammate Indhuja Nandakumar took 3/6.
In response, UAE chased the nine-run target in seven deliveries — captain Theertha Satish top-scored with four not out.
The one-sided T20 contest was over in less than an hour.
“It’s a great feeling for everyone in the team and gives us great confidence for the next (three) matches, but our job is not done,” Gaur said, BBCreported.
“We want to win all five (games) and qualify for the U19 T20 World Cup. Before the match we discussed, with coach Najeeb, where to bowl to apply pressure, it’s a new ground and wicket so we kept it simple — bowl on the stumps.
“Captain Theertha and Coach Najeeb instilled a lot of confidence in my ability, which gave me the belief in myself that I could do the job and restrict them to a low score.”
Nandakumar continued: “We planned a lot for this game and it was a great team effort. Our fielding was good and we executed our plans 100 per cent.”
It could have been worse for Nepal — in 2017, the Nagaland women’s Under-19s was bowled out for two during a one-day fixture against Kerala in India.
And Nepal are by no means easybeats — earlier in the tournament, they defeated Qatar by 79 runs, scoring 3/117 from their 20 overs.
There are six teams competing in the Asian tournament, with the winner qualifying for the Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa in January 2023.