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ACC U-19 Women’s Championship 2012 - SF1: BHUTAN v NEPAL

  • ACC U-19 Women's Championship, SF1: Bhutan v Nepal - TOSS - Bhutan won the toss and chose to bat
  • Nepal's captain Rubina Chhetri RMF, bowled well throughout this tournament, takes the white 5 oz. new ball, her opposite number Ugyen Dema LHB in good nick herself, to face
  • End of the first over, no alarms, Bhutan 1 for 0, diminutive Sonam Deki RHB with a long tail of hair, the other opener
  • Feisty little Sonu Khadka LFM opens from the South End, just one run, Bhutan 2 for 0 after two
  • not much bounce in the KOC Unity wicket, as has been the case throughout the event, its a little gloomy here but the sun is trying to burn through the thick haze and it is already 16 degrees with an expected high of 21 and thus it will be by far the warmest day of the tournament so far (it was 4 degrees on the opening day a week ago)
  • the teams just feeling each other out, two runs off Rubina's second over, Bhutan 4 for 0 after three
  • Bhutan 6 for 0 after 4 overs, it's a 25-overs a side match
  • 100 will be a pretty good score on this wicket and against this attack. 85's about par
  • Rubina Chhetri a little less fluid in her run-up today, relying even more on her fast shoulders to generate pace
  • Bhutan 7 for 0 after 5 overs and Bhutan may be danger in of erring a little too much on the cautious side. Strokes will need to be played, irrespective of the quality of the bowling. Nepal keeping an off-stump line, only one wide so far
  • WICKET - Sonu strikes! Third ball of her third over, Sonam Deki caught in two-man's land, is bowled and Bhutan are 7 for 1 in the sixth over
  • Dechen Wangmo RHB the new bat, has developed into an excellent batter, strokes her third ball for FOUR through the off, gets an arm on the shoulder from her captain in congratulations and at the end of the over, Bhutan are 13 for 1 after six
  • INJURY DELAY - a ball from Rubina Chhetri strikes Pratiksha Basyal the Nepali 'keeper in the face, receiving some attention
  • The Nepal 'keeper's fit to play, WICKET Saraswati Kumari RFM bowls Ugyen Dema leg-stump for 4, and Bhutan are 13 for 2 in the seventh over
  • Ugyen Dema just didn't seem to pick that up, seemed to have been surprised by the release and trajectory of that Saraswati delivery
  • Santoshi Kumari RFM on at the South End replacing Sonu Khadka 3-0-8-1, Bhutan 15 for 2 after seven overs, Dechen Wangmo still there
  • Bhutan 18 for 2 after eight overs
  • Nepal not racing their overs, their fans beating the drums steadily, about fifty of them here already
  • Bhutan 19 for 2 after nine overs
  • BIG APPEAL for lbw against Dechen Wangmo RHB by Santoshi RFM, the ball thudding into the pads, keeping a little low, Umpire Qayyum says not out, Nepal don't demur and Bhutan 22 for 2 after 10 overs
  • Bhutan 24 for 2 after 11 overs, the bowling's been good but not that good so that Bhutan would go into a shell. May be a plan of Baldrickian cunning by Bhutan but bearing in mind 85's par on this wicket, they need to go some over the next 14 overs if they're to seriously challenge Nepal
  • WICKET Choening Tenzin lbw for 4, Saraswati doing the damage and Bhutan are 26 for 3 at the start of the 13th
  • new Bhutan bat is Yeshey Choden RHB
  • Wicket MAIDEN by Saraswati, Bhutan 26 for 3 after 13 overs, Saraswati 4-1-5-2
  • it's all been so anti-climactic so far, big semi-final, decent crowd, Nepal putting the ball on the spot and Bhutan not playing any strokes.
  • Bhutan 31 for 3 after 14 overs, Dechen Wangmo 13*,
  • Bhutan 37 for 3 after 15 overs, Dechen Wangmo starting to open up, but still finding more fielders than gaps, 17*
  • FOUR - Bhutan's and Dechen's second, Bhutan 41 for 3 in the 16th over, rocks back to pull Santoshi to midwicket, thwock
  • Bhutan 41 for 3 after 16 overs, Dechen Wangmo 23*
  • Bhutan have evolved into correct batters, they just haven't yet quite progressed into strokeplayers
  • Bhutan 45 for 3 after 17 overs
  • Kavita Gautam RMF replaces Santoshi 4-0-13-0 at the South End
  • Bhutan 50 for 3 after 18 overs
  • CHANCE, Sangeeta Gauchan misses Dechen at mid-on and then Dechen has to dive to avoid being run-out, the fielder recovering well, Bhutan 51 for 3 in the 18th over, Anuradha the unlucky bowler
  • Bhutan 57 for 3 after 19 overs
  • Sonu Khadka LFM back on at the South End, 3-0-8-1 so far
  • several scrambled runs but boundaries there are none, Bhutan 64 for 3 after 20 overs, five to go
  • Rubina Chhetri brings herself back on at the North End, 3-0-4-0 so far
  • Dechen Wangmo 34*, Yeshey Wangmo 10*
  • Bhutan 74 for 3 after 21 overs
  • Kavita Gautam RFM comes back on at the South End, replacing Sonu Khadka 4-0-15-1
  • Dechen looking to hit over the top now, not quite connecting as she'd like, Bhutan 79 for 3 after 22 overs, three to go
  • still hazy, but the sun's finally broken through
  • Rubina takes herself off, 4-0-10-0 so far, Santoshi to bowl her last 0-13 so far
  • still no boundaries, Bhutan 85 for 3 after 23 overs, two to go
  • still no boundaries, Bhutan 91 for 3 with one over to go, Decehn Wangmo 45*, Yeshey Wangmo 26*, Rubina to bowl the last
  • WICKET Rubina bowls Yeshey for 26, valuable partnership of 66 between her and Decehn have brought Nepal into the game, Dechen runs down the wicket to punch gloves with Yeshey, who accumulated well
  • WICKET - two in two! A wide and a run-out off the same ball!! Sonam Choden goes for 0, four balls to go, Bhutan 91 for 5
  • WICKET - Dechen forces a run-out to get back on strike, her run-out partner laughs in understanding, team-spirit high in the camp, two balls to go, Bhutan 93 for 6
  • WICKET - Dechen run-out off the last ball coming back for the second, she made a fine 48, Bhutan finish on 96 for 7, good acceleration in the last ten overs, and its a challenging total for Nepal to face INNINGS BREAK
  • Play resumes in five minutes, sun behind thick haze again, about 100 Nepali fans at the KOC Unity ground in Kuwait
  • Anuradha Chanudhary and Shilu Rijwal RHBs walk out to the middle, bespectacled Anju Gurung LFM takes the new ball for Bhutan
  • Anju Gurung one of those 'on her day' bowlers
  • Anju starts with a wide and then next ball WICKET, Shilu's middle stump knocked back, Nepal 0 for 1 after 0.1 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • new Nepal batter is Kavita Gautam RHB (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • WICKET Kavita's off-stump, knocked down, Anju Gurung and her team scream with joy, Nepal 2 for 2 with two balls of the first over to go (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • the talented Indu Varma RHB the new Nepal batter, Nepal 2 for 2 at the end of the first (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Tshering Wangmo RM shares the new ball, from the North End
  • Anuradha RHB playing and missing outside off stump
  • two wides by Tshering Wangmo, Nepal 4 for 2 after two overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • lively Indu Varma trying to get things going, she's a key part of the run-chase, Nepal 9 for 2 after three overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • MAIDEN by Thering Wangmo to Anuradha, Nepal 9 for 2 after four overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • just one run off Anju Gurung's third over, Nepal 10 for 2 after five (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • FOUR - Anuradha swings a ful-toss from Tshering to square leg, Nepal 14 for 2 in the sixth (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • the sun is back out, the crowd is 150 Nepali fans, one drum and some dancers
  • Nepal 15 for 2 after six overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Devika Darjee RFM replaces Anju Gurung 3-0-8-2 at the South End
  • wides may be a key factor today, Nepal bowled ten in their twenty-five overs, Bhutan have already bowled nine and Nepal are 22 for 2 after seven overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Tshering Wangmo takes a good catch off Indu Varma but it doesn't count, Ugyen Dema SLA's ball was an above-the-waist full toss
  • FOUR - Indu drives to long-off, good shot, Nepal 27 for 2 in the eighth over
  • Tshering takes the legit catch this time, another good one, diving in front of her and the uppishly-driving Indu goes, Ugyen the bowler and Nepal are 27 for 3 after eight overs (Target 97, 25 overs))
  • Sonam Choden RFM comes on in place of Devika Darjee 1-0-7-0 at the South End
  • Nepal's captain Rubina Chhetri RHB, senior team player, comes out to bat with a lot to do
  • productive Ugyen Dema over for Nepal, seven off it, Nepal are 36 for 3 after ten overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Sonam Choden RFM causing some problems to the Nepali bats, being defended stoutly
  • Ugyen Dema SLA comes back well, just one off her third over, Nepal are 37 for 3 after 11 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Nepal 40 for 3 after 12 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Sonam Zam OB comes on at the South End, the game in the balance, she replaces Sonam Choden 2-0-3-0
  • Nepal 42 for 3 after 13 overs (Target 97, 25 overs) DRINKS
  • Nepal 42 for 3 after 13 overs, Anuradha 10*, been in from the start, Rubina 3*, Bhutan spraying several extras but fielding very well, (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • MAIDEN by Ugyen Demam to Anuradha Nepal 42 for 3 after 14 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • FOUR driven through mid-off by Rubina, to one tossed up by Sonam Zam, Nepal 46 for 3 in the 15th over (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • WICKET - Anuradha's bowled by Sonam Zam, and that may actually be a good thihg for Nepal, Anuradha was stagnant and it brings in the zip and zap of Mamta Chaudhary, Nepal 48 for 4 after 15 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Ugyen Dema SLA to bowl her last, 4-0-15-1 so far
  • end of a fine spell by Ugyen Dema, Nepal 50 for 4 after 16 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • the winners will play Thailand in the final who've beaten Kuwait by 72 runs, the last seven wickets falling for seven wickets, leg-spinner Sureeporn Laomi picking up 6-3
  • Nepal's supporters trying to rouse their team
  • Nepal 53 for 4 after 17 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • WICKET - Tshering Wangmo comes back on from the North End, Mamta flashes, gets a thin edge and is caught behind for 0, Nepal 54 for 4 in the 18th over (Target 97, 25 overs
  • Bhutan are on top but Sonu Khadka and Rubina Chhetri are in for Nepal, plenty of guts, experience
  • FOUR - WICKET - run-out - it's all happening, Sonam Zam bowling well, is driven sumptuously to the mid-off by Rubina, next ball, a diving boundary save, the throw comes back, Rubina is sent back by Sonu, and is run-out by yards by the 'keeper Dechen Wangmo and Nepal are 64 for 6 after 19 overs (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Saraswati Kumari RHB the new Nepali bat
  • CHANCE - Bhutan literally belly-flop a miss to run-out Sonu Khadka, Nepal 69 for 6 after 20 overs (Target 97, 25 overs). Quite a finish developing, we all think it's going to the last over
  • FOUR - Sonu Khadka - she's not out till she's out - slams a straight drive to the boundary and the 180-strong crowd roar their approval, Nepal 73 for 6 at the start of the 21st, *Target 97, 25 overs)
  • Nepal 75 for 6 after 21 overs, (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • FOUR - Saraswati creams a straight drive, timing! - Nepal 79 for 6 after 21.1 overs, (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • the rest of the Sonam Choden over's tight -Nepal 80 for 6 after 22 overs, (Target 97, 25 overs)
  • you know how it goes, every dot ball increases the pressure on the batting side, every run increases the pressure on the bowling side. One big over either way will decide it.
  • its the effort balls that go for wides and runs and the over-ambitious strokes that cost the batters
  • Sonu Khadka and Saraswati playing well, Bhutan's shoulders slumping a little
  • Nepal 85 for 6 with 14 balls to go, 12 more runs wanted
  • Nepal 87 for 6 with 12 balls to go, 10 more runs wanted
  • Nepal 88 for 6 with 11 balls to go, 9 more runs wanted
  • Sonu Khadka: zip and zap, hustle and bustle, FOUR through midwicket, 15*, Nepal 95 for 6 with nine balls to go
  • WICKET - Sarawati's run-out by the bowler fielding the Sonu Khadka drive, Nepal 95 for 7 with eight balls to go, crowd of 200+ and three drums now
  • Nepal 95 for 7, last over. Two to win
  • scores are tied in a comedy of run-out possibilities, five balls to go
  • Sonu Khadka drives it over mid-on and dashes through for the run and NEPAL WIN BY THREE WICKETS with four balls to spare
  • So it's a Nepal v Thailand final on Friday afternoon here in Kuwait (1000 hrs GMT), Bhutan will look on thinking how it could so easily have been them, painful loss for them, just a few runs short and that run-out of Sonu Khadka that they missed....

ACC U-19 Women's Championship 2012

Bhutan v Nepal at KOC Unity
Bhutan won the toss and chose to bat
Bhutan: 96 for 7 off 25 overs (D.Wangmo 49)
Nepal: 97 for 7 off 24.4 overs
Player of the Match: Dechen Wangmo (Bhutan)

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Filed February 9th, 2012

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