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December 20, 2008
Natasha Cherriath's unbeaten half-century led UAE to an emphatic 73-run win over Oman at the Prem Center. UAE raked up 133 for 2 in 25 overs, and in reply Oman were bundled out for 60 in 24.5. Cherriath's 52 included seven fours and came off 56 balls. None of Oman's batsmen made it to double figures, Monique D'Souza was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 10 off her five overs.
It was not too different a story at the Prem Oval, where Nepal beat China by 66 runs. Nepal, put in by China, scored 128 for 2, with opener Maya Rawat top scoring with 42. China could only manage 62 in reply, with captain Yu Miao the only batsman to go past 10. Thirty of those 62 runs came by way of extras. Both China and Oman finished the league phase with no points.
Nepal will play hosts Thailand in the semi-final on Monday, while Hong Kong will face Malaysia for the other spot in the final. Bhutan and Qatar face off in the fifth-sixth playoff, and Kuwait and Oman will battle for ninth place.
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