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Bhutan gets the better of UAE

ACC Women’s Championship Following two defeats at the hands of Nepal and Hong Kong, Bhutan rebounded more vigorously to defeat the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their last group game in the ongoing Asian Cricket Council Women’s Championship.

Bhutan, after winning the toss, elected to field first.  Medium pacer Anju Gurung struck with the first ball of the game, trapping UAE opener Kyna Vedhasinghe leg before.

In the next over, Tshering Wangmo gave Bhutan its second wicket by removing Simrita Sandhu.

UAE’s woeful essay continued, as Tshering Wangmo in her next over got rid of UAE captain, Charvi Bhatt.

From then on, in a quick succession of three run outs by Ugyen Dema, Sonam Choden and Sonam Zam UAE’s innings floundered as they desperately looked for runs at 32 for six.

Bhutan wrapped up the lower order in the space of 39 runs, as they bowled out UAE for 67 runs.

Bhutan’s bowlers did their job, by not conceding runs and chipping in with wickets at regular intervals, Tshering Wangmo being the pick of the bowlers, taking out three wickets.

Bhutan lost an early wicket and, along with it, Captain Ugyen Dema, who stood guard.

That was made up for, when Dechen Wangmo, who opened the batting yesterday, scored 27 runs.

She, along with Yeshey Choden and Sonam Choden, who contributed 10 and 12 runs respectively, led Bhutan home to a convincing seven-wicket victory.

Bhutan’s Sonam Choden was named player of the match for her impressive performance with both bat and ball.

In the other match, Nepal took on Hong Kong to decide who would reign in the group.

The Hong Kong team, which was put into bat by Nepal, got bowled out for 54 runs in 24.1 overs.  Nepal’s Sarita Magar took four wickets in the process.

Nepal chased down the total in 18 overs after losing four wickets.

Nepal will now play the runners up from Group B in the first semifinal at Prem Oval.

Bhutan will play Iran, the third placed team from Group B, for the 5th or 6th position at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Club tomorrow.

Sherub Dorji

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