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Armymen put one foot in semis

Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) put their one foot in the semi-finals of the Senior One Day National Cricket Tournament at the TU Stadium grounds on Thursday defeating Region-V (Nepalgunj) by 60 runs.

 

TAC lead Group ‘A’ table with six points winning all their first three matches. Nepalgunj and Region-II (Birgunj) are up next with four points from three matches. Region-I (Biratnagar) have two points from three games with Region-VII (Janakpur) and Region-VIII (Pokhara) yet to open their account after losing their first two matches.

 

After the lower middle order pushed TAC to 171 all out in 42.3 overs, Nepalgunj had a chance to prove their resurgence in national cricket by defeating the title contenders having their top order giving a solid performance in the first two matches.

 

However, Nepalgunj were left down and out losing Siddhant Raj Shahi and Prajjawal Shahi, the man who got the scores of 96 not out and 93 in the first two games, for ducks before they were skittled out for just 111 in 30.3 overs.

 

Rajbir Singh top scored for Nepalgunj with 33 off 47 with three fours and two sixes, while Shubendu Pandey made 27 off 56 with three hits to the fence. Sunam Gautam, who took three lower order wickets, finished with the figures of 4-33 from 7.3 overs, while Rahul Kumar BK struck with crucial middle order wickets returning the figures of 3-28 from eight overs.

 

Earlier, TAC’s strong top and middle order flopped after Mahesh Chhetri (nine), Anil Mandal (four), Naresh Budhayer (three), Sunam Gautam (three) and skipper Binod Bhandari (13) headed back to the pavilion in 10 overs with just 42 runs on the board. Rajbir dismissed three out of the first five except for Mahesh and Bhandari.

 

Rajesh Pulami Magar and Rahul brought TAC back in the match with a 64-run stand for the sixth wicket. Rajesh top scored with 41 off 64 hitting three boundaries and a six. Rahul and Chandra Saud made 22 runs each. Apart from Rajbir, Aakash Bista also picked up two wickets for Nepalgunj.

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