Kathmandu, November 16: Nepal’s women’s cricket team is set to battle Hong Kong today in its second match of the ongoing four-nation T20 series hosted in Hong Kong. The match, scheduled for 11:45 am (Nepal time), holds significant importance for Nepal as it strives to secure a victory after facing a setback against Tanzania, losing by 27 runs on Wednesday.
Having lost to Tanzania, Nepal is under pressure to win against Hong Kong to stay in contention for further stages in the series. On the other side, Hong Kong, having secured a victory against Japan in its first match, will be looking to strengthen its position and confirm a spot in the title clash.
The group stage match between Tanzania and Japan is also taking place today at 7:15 am, where Japan, having won the toss, opted to field. The tournament, featuring hosts Hong Kong, Nepal, Tanzania, and Japan, has heightened competition among the participating nations.
In the earlier match against Tanzania, Nepal faced a 27-run defeat, and now it aims to rebound against Hong Kong. The rankings place Nepal at 21st, Tanzania at 19th, Hong Kong at 22nd, and Japan at 51st in the ICC rankings.
The final group stage game for Nepal is scheduled against Japan on November 18. The Nepali cricket squad comprises captain Indu Barma, along with players Bindu Rawal, Rubina Chhetri, Sita Ranamagar, Asmina Karmacharya, Kajol Shrestha, Kanchan Shrestha, Khusi Dangol, Sangita Rai, Soni Pakhrin, Somu Bista, Puja Mahato, Roma Thapa, and Samjhana Khadka. Leading the national women’s cricket team is Coach Manoj Katuwal. The match against Hong Kong will be a crucial encounter for Nepal as it seeks redemption in the T20 series.