Bangladesh have beaten Nepal in the final of the ACC Women's Tournament in Malaysia. After they upset Hong Kong in the first round, one would have hoped that Nepal would have put up more of a fight than Bangladesh's previous opponents in this tournament, but it wasn't to be.
Nepal won the toss and chose to bat, a rather poor decision given the very cloudy conditions overhead. The Nepal batters struggled as the sky began to thunder, and when the umpires took the players off as lightning came down from the sky, Nepal were on 12/3. From twelve overs.
Play was delayed for four hours and when the players returned to the field, the match had been reduced to 18 overs. Nepal scored a bit more quickly in their remaining six overs, but still lost wickets regularly, and scored just 26/8. Four Bangladesh bowlers took two wickets each, with Champa Chakma again the pick, not conceding a run.
Nepal were never going to defend that total, despite picking up the wicket of the Bangladeshi captain in the first over, and Bangladesh raced to the target in the tenth over.
Bangladesh have been by a long way the best side in this tournament, and will feel justifiably aggrieved that they were not invited to last years regional world cup qualifiers. As it is, they will get to test themselves against Asia's best at the next Asia Cup tournament, provisionally scheduled for later this year.
Nepal have played well, with Nary Thapa winning the bowler of the tournament award, but like all seven teams that aren't called Bangladesh, they need to improve greatly if they are to win when the tournament is played again, probably at the same time next year.
Bangladesh beat Nepal by 9 wickets
Johor Cricket Academy, Malaysia
Nepal: 26/8 (18 overs)
Bangladesh: 27/2 (9.1 overs)
Player of the tournament: Panna Ghosh (Bangladesh)
Batter of the tournament: Neisha Pratt (Hong Kong)
Bowler of the tournament: Nary Thapa (Nepal)
Wicket-keeper of the tournament: Mina Khatun (Bangladesh)