17-year old Aasif Sheikh shot to fame with a
blistering century handing Panchakanya Tez the Wai Wai Everest
Premier League title at a vibrant TU Stadium on Monday.
Aasif, brother of U-19 national team vice-captain
Aarif, will now have his name imprinted in Nepali domestic cricket
after smashing 64-ball 111 not out in Tez’s 40-run convincing victory
over Colors X-Factor on Monday.
In what was expected to be a battle between
a strong and mediocre side, Tez posted an imposing total of 171-4 in 20
overs, courtesy the whirlwind unbeaten knock from Aasif. With their
two consistent batsmen Gyanendra Malla and Rajesh Pulami Magar back in
the den, X-Factor took
no time to slump to 131 all out in 17.3 overs.
It was Aasif return all over the match
although Tez had a sluggish start losing skipper Sharad Vesawkar (two) in the
first over followed by the dismissals of Karan KC (five) and Prithu
Baskota (eight). Tez were 64-3 in the first 10 overs before Aasif
picked up the innings along with his brother Aarif.
The Sheikh brothers provided entertainment to the
crowd with a 47-run stand for the fourth wicket. Aarif was out for 23
off 20 with two fours and a six but his dismissal hardly mattered
as Aasif was there for the crowd to witness history written in front
Aasif, who completed his half century off
43 balls, struck his next 50 in just 16 balls and completed the only century at
TU ground in domestic Twenty20 cricket with three consecutive
sixes in the 19th over bowled by Amar Singh Routela. Sonu Tamang was
12 not out in their 64-run unbroken partnership.
X-Factor had a terrible start losing
Faizlur Rahman Khan (duck), Hari Shankar Sah (14) and Amar Singh (nine) at 24-3
inside four overs. Gyanendra and Rajesh kept X-Factor in the game
with a half century partnership.
But once Gyanendra was dismissed in the
13th over, X-Factor innings caved in as they lost their last seven wickets for
just 33 runs. Gyanendra made 47 off 32 with four boundaries and
a six, while Rajesh made 37 off 35 with two sixes.
In an eventful 15th over, Karan KC bowled
Siddhant Lohani (one) and followed it up with the dismissal of Yogendra
Karki (duck). Rajesh then hit two consecutive sixes to the medium pacer
but holed out a catch straight at the long on to Aarif Sheikh in
the final ball.