At the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Saturday, Nepal defeated Uganda by 33 runs thanks to the opening batter's effort. Jyoti Pandey scored a career-best 49 runs to help Nepal win the 5th T20I, finishing the series on a high note. After winning the first three matches, Uganda lifts the trophy with the scoreline reading 3-2.
Pandey and Rana Magar, who were put in to bat by the visitors, gave Nepal their best start of the series by adding 47 runs for the first wicket. Uganda finally broke the deadlock when Phiona Kulume took Magar's wicket.
Pandey then partnered with Indu Barma for another 35 runs to help Nepal get past a challenging period. Uganda dismissed Pandey for a well-made 61-ball 49 just when it appeared she might score her first T20I half-century. Nepal reached 123 runs, courtesy of solid knocks from Kabita Joshi and Apsari Begum, with 26 runs coming from the last two overs.
Despite just taking a wicket, Kulume was Uganda's best bowler on show. Unfortunately, Uganda didn't get off to the best of beginnings in chasing 124 to make it 4-1, losing Kulume and Janet Mbabazi early in the powerplay. They were unable to form any sort of partnership and frequently lost wickets.
For the second time in as many matches, Uganda hitters failed to attack Nepal bowlers, with only Rita Musamali putting up a fight. However, it was too steep a hill for them to climb by the time she fell to Barma for 26 in the 18th over. As a result, Nepal cruised to a 33-run victory, despite Uganda scoring only 90 runs for the loss of six wickets.
Barma and Rana Magar each took two wickets for Nepal, while Hiranmayee Roy, 15, was once again the star of the show. Pandey was adjudged as the ‘Player of the Match’ while Mbabazi walked away with the ‘Player of the Series’ award.
Nepal 123/6 in 20 overs (Jyoti Pandey 49, Kabita Joshi 18*; Phiona Kulume 1/18) beat Uganda 90/6 in 20 overs (Rita Musamali 26; Indu Barma 2/12, Sita Rana Magar 2/15) by 33 runs.
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