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APF, Province 1 set PM Cup final showdown

Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club and Province 1 set the title clash of the Prime Minister Cup Women’s National Twenty20 cricket tournament with comprehensive victory in their respective semi-final matches in Dang on Saturday.

In the first semi-final reduced to 16-over-a-side due to poor visibility at the Deukhuri Cricket Stadium in Lamahi, APF defeated Sudur Paschim by nine wickets. Province 1 hammered Lumbini Province by 10 wickets.

In what was a rematch of last edition’s final, APF restricted Sudur Paschim to 61-7 after Karuna Bhandari took 3-11 from four overs. Opener Jyoti Pandey and Sarita Magar then shared 47 runs for the second wicket as APF reached 61-1 in 15 overs.

Jyoti made 26 off 38 and Sarita patiently scored 19 off 35 with both batswoman hitting a boundary each.

Sudur Paschim batswoman failed to cope with a disciplined APF bowling attack as only Kabita Joshi managed to play with some grit striking a 21-ball 22 not out with two hits to the fence.

Rewati Dhami (12) was their next best scorer. Karuna now has 12 wickets from four matches in the tournament.

Later in the day, Lumbini had to pay the price for a poor running between the wickets as their innings was shut down for just 52 in 14.1 overs. Their three frontliners, including top scorer Nitu Bhandari, ran themselves out including two other batswomen.

Nitu scored a 30-ball 21 but others failed to make runs in double figures. Sangita Rai and Ngima Tamang took two wickets each for Province 1.

A strong opening pair of national team duo Kajal Shrestha and skipper Rubina Chhetri then did the rest as they reached 55 without loss in just 8.5 overs.

Rubina scored a 30-ball 26 with two fours and a six, while Kajal’s 23-ball 22 included two hits to the fence. The final is on Sunday.

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