Women’s cricket made its debut in SA Games with a world record feat as Nepali beat Maldives by 10 wickets in the opening match at Pokhara on Monday.
Nepali bowler Anjali Chand achieved the feat during the match as she recorded the best ever bowling figure in a Twenty20 international match.
The 24-year old, who was playing her first international match, bowled 2.1 overs and finished with six wickets without conceding any run, which helped the hosts bowling out Maldives for just 16 runs in 10.1 overs.
Mas Elysa of Malaysia women’s team had the previous best bowling figure in a Twenty20 international match when she claimed 6-3 against China in Bangkok, Thailand earlier this year.
It took Nepal only five balls to reach 17-0 and secure a thumping victory over Maldives to get off to a flying start in the event.
However, it was not the largest margin of victory by balls remaining as Rwanda and Tanzania women’s teams earlier beat Mali in just four balls earlier this year.
Bangladesh women’s team will take on Sri Lanka in their first match of the event at the same venue today.
Bangladesh skipper Salma Khatun expressed their optimism of winning gold medal in the event.
‘We have come here well-prepared. Yesterday [Sunday] we practiced in a different ground and today [Monday] we practiced in a new stadium,’ Salma said.
‘Today we get some idea and we hope that the main wicket will be good. The kind of preparations we have taken, I think that we will be able to win gold from here,’ she added.
India and Pakistan skipped the women’s cricket for the Games.
Women’s cricket was never played in SA Games but men’s cricket was introduced in Dhaka in 2010 when Bangladesh won gold medal.
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