Biratnagar Titans’ Sabnam Rai receives the player-of-the-match award from national cricket team head coach Umesh Patwal at the end of the Women’s Champions League (WCL) T20 cricket match against Pokhara Paltan at the TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Friday. Photo: Republica
All-round Kanoujiya demolishes Falcons
KATHMANDU, Oct 19: Sabnam Rai’s immaculate bowling figures helped Biratnagar Titans secure its second win as it beat Pokhara Paltan by six wickets in the ongoing Women’s Champions League (WCL) at the TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Friday. Rai registered two wickets in four overs conceding eight runs.
Rai was complimented by Sonu Khadka’s wicket and two run-outs as Paltan was limited to 94 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs. Paltan had won the toss and elected to bat in the morning match of the day three.
Kabita Kunwar remained unbeaten on 22 runs off 23 deliveries which included two boundaries whereas skipper Sita Rana Magar’s 16 runs off 29 deliveries were the only notable contributions from the Paltan batters.
Anjali Chand and Rewati Dhami chipped in with 15 and 12 runs respectively as none of the other batswomen was able to convert them into a substantial innings.
Later, Titans completed the chase of 95 runs in 15 overs for the loss of four wickets. The half-centurion Jyoti Pandey continued her good form scoring 22 runs off 16 deliveries which included four boundaries.
Similarly, Laxmi Chaudhary contributed patient 23 runs off 37 deliveries in the middle overs to steer the chase.
Asmina Karamcharya stayed unbeaten on 16 runs off 21 deliveries which included two boundaries.
Skipper Sita Rana Magar registered two wickets whereas Anuradha Chaudhary chipped in with a wicket for Pokhara Paltan losing its second game on the trot.
Winless Paltan are set to face unbeaten Chitwan Rhinos in first match on Saturday whereas Titans will face Kat Queens Kathmandu during the second game on same day.
National women cricket team member Ritu Kanoujiya won the player-of-the-match for her all-round performance in Chitwan Rhinos’ whopping 89-run record win against Lalitpur Falcons in the fifth match.
Kanoujiya picked up two wickets as Falcons were bundled out for 46 runs in 17.1 overs. She also scored unbeaten 58 runs, the third half-century of the league, off 55 deliveries which included eight boundaries to help Rhinos put up a total of 135 runs for the loss of three wickets.
Kabita Gautam led the Rhinos bowling attack in demolition of Falcons innings registering three wickets from her four overs conceding 13 runs.
Likewise, Rekha Rawal and Suman Khatiwada shared a wicket each.
In a forgettable day for Falcons batswomen, Captain Nery Thapa scored 17 runs off 20 deliveries which included a four and a six.
None of the other batswomen was able to cross seven run mark scored by Shanti Chaudhary who remained unbeaten. Falcons are winless in two games.
Earlier, Falcons won the toss and invited Rhinos to bat first in the second game of the third day in WCL. Rhinos played cautiously losing only three wickets throughout the innings.
Except, Kanchan Shrestha’s 11-ball duck, Rhinos batswomen complemented Kanoujiya to put up a winning total of 134.
Opening batter Kajal Shrestha scored 15 runs off 21 deliveries whereas Pyari Chaudhary remained unbeaten on 22 runs off 23 deliveries sharing partnership of 19 and unbeaten 58 runs respectively with Kanoujiya. Skipper Indu Verma hit 10 runs off 11 deliveries which included a four.
Falcons skipper Thapa registered two wickets whereas Karuna Bhandari pocketed a wicket.
Unbeaten Rhinos are second on the points table with four points after two matches. Rhinos will face PokharaPaltan in first match on Saturday.