In the opening game of the South Asian Games (Women) 2019, Nepal left-arm pacer Anjali Chand made a stunning debut and created a world record in Women’s T20I bowling.
It was the match between the hosts Nepal Women and Maldives Women at Pokhara. After winning the toss, Maldives Women won the toss and decided to bat first. But they had a disastrous experience on that day.
Maldives batters hugely struggled from the very beginning of that innings. Coming to bowl as a fifth bowler of that innings, the 24-year-old debutant Anjali Chand snatched the entire limelight. Without conceding a single run in that 13-ball spell, she bagged six wickets and created a new record in T20I bowling history, including men’s cricket. She finished the game with the bowling figures of 2.1-2-0-6. The previous best bowling figures in overall T20I history (including men’s) were 4-1-3-6.
Anjali Chand finished that innings with a hat-trick
In the addition of that sensational bowling by Anjali Chand, she also finished that game with a hat-trick.
In that innings, Anjali Chand dismissed the captain Zoona Mariyam (0), Latsha Haleemath (0), Shaffaa Saleem (0), Eashal Ibrahim (0), Kinaanath Ismail (0) and Shamma Ali (0). Coming to bowl her first over in international cricket, Anjali Chand took three wickets. She added two more wickets in the final two balls of her next over. On the very first ball of her next over, Anjali Chand scalped another wicket which completed her hat-trick as well as finished the visitors’ innings. She dismissed Eashal Ibrahim, Kinaanath Ismail and Shamma Ali to claim her hat-trick.
Anjali Chand’s remarkable bowling performance helped Nepal Women to bundle out Maldives Women for just 16 runs (10.1 overs) – the sixth-lowest completed total in women’s T20I history. Apart from the opener Hamza Niyaz (9) and the wicketkeeper-batter Hafsaa Abdhulla (4), all others failed to open in that innings. Nepal Women conceded three extras in that innings.
In reply, Nepal Women chased down that target in just 0.5 balls without losing a wicket. Opener Kajal Shrestha remained not out on 13 runs while the visitors conceded four extras. While Nepal Women won that game by ten wickets with 115 balls remaining, it was the third-largest victory margin in women’s T20I history. The top two records were winning by ten wickets with 116 balls remaining.