Nepal Police Club bundled out Tribhuvan Army Club for a historic low total of 87 runs before defeating their departmental rivals by three wickets to keep their Mayor’s Cup final hopes alive on Tuesday.
Army’s decision to bat first at the Mulpani Cricket Ground deteriorated by overnight rain backfired after spinners Sagar Dhakal and Pawan Sarraf. They survived just 30.1 overs to get skittle out for their lowest total in domestic cricket.
Shahab Alam put them in the game with his best figures of domestic cricket picking up all seven NPC wickets but they managed to reach 90-7 in 18.3 overs. Pawan held his nerve to hit the winning boundary of Sushan Bhari Shrestha making an unbeaten 22 off 26.
Wit two victories to their name, NPC are still on course for the final in the five-team tournament where only the top two finished will make it through. Prime Minister Cup champions are now in danger of exit after losing two out of three matches.
Army were heading towards more humiliation at 43-8 in the 21st over before Lokesh Bam and Bikram Sob pushed them close to triple figures with a 41-run ninth wicket partnership. Bam top scored with a 24-ball 32 hitting three sixes and two fours.
Sagar Dhakal took care of the top order beginning with the wicket of Sompal Kami (four). He went on to take 5-40 from 10 overs. Pawan bowled with more discipline conceding just 13 runs in his figures of 3-14 from 10 overs that included five maidens.
Bikram also hit two sixes in his 34-ball 14. The top and middle order of Army was squeezed out by Sagar and Pawan who collectively took eight wickets and gave away just 34 runs in 20 overs.
NPC innings was held by Sunil Dhamala who shared 41 runs for the second wicket with Dilip Nath (15). Sunil stayed put although wicket fell from the other end. When Shahab made him his seventh victim of the day, NPC were just two runs away from victory.
Shahab returned the figures of 7-45 of nine overs and Sushan Bhari gave away 40 runs in 9.3 overs. Man-of-the-match Pawan’s innings included three fours and a six.