Nepal wrap up with victory, Uganda claim T20I series 3-2

Opener Jyoti Pandey was one run short of half century as hosts Nepal edged Uganda by 33-runs in the fifth and final match to lose the bilateral Women’s Twenty20 International series 2-3 at the TU ground in Kirtipur on Saturday.

Visiting Uganda were already assured of the series victory after they secured wins in the first three games of the five-match series. They were defeated by 15 runs in the penultimate match on Friday.

Invited to bat first, Nepal posted 123-6, the highest total of the series after opener Pandy contributed 49 runs. Chasing the target, Uganda managed 90-6 in the 20 over format.

Pandey in her career best hit three fences in a 61-ball knock before she was run out in the 18th over. She was also three runs short of a half century against the same opponent in the third match on Wednesday.

The player-of-the-match Pandey shared a 47-run partnership for the first wicket with Sita Rana Magar who contributed 17 runs. Rana Magar cracked three fences facing 24 deliveries before she was bowled out by Phiona Kulume.

Kabita Joshi was the other home batter to make a remarkable contribution scoring an unbeaten 18 runs. She struck two fences and a maximum in her 15-ball knock. Apsari Begam was the other player to score in double digit before she was run out for 11 runs in the last delivery of the innings.

Concy Aweko and Phiona Kulume pocketed one wicket each for Uganda who ran out four Nepali batters. Aweko gave away 26 runs in her four over bowling and Kulume conceded 18 runs in as many overs.

In the run chase, Uganda kept losing wickets in regular intervals. Rita Musamali was the highest scorer for the visiting side contributing 26 runs off 38. She was bowled by Indu Barma. Opener Kevin Awino scored 15 off 22. She hit one boundary and was also bowled by Barma.

Janet Mbabazi and Shakirah Sadick were the other Uganda batters to touch double digit figures. While Mbabazi scored 12-ball 10, Sadick was not out on 13 runs facing 17 deliveries. Mbabazi hit two fences and Sadick smashed a maximum.

Nepali all-rounder Rana Magar and Barma grabbed two wickets apiece while Asmina Karmacharya and Hiranmayee Roy picked one scalp each. Rana Magar conceded 15 runs in her four over bowling and Barma 12 runs in four-over spell.

Uganda all-rounder Mbabazi was named the player-of-the-series. She had scored 103 runs and claimed five wickets in the series.

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