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Warriors edge Gladiators by one run in a thrilling final

Dec 30, 2017 | Cricketingnepal |

Biratnagar Warriors have edged Bhairahawa Gladiators by one run in a thrilling final that saw an incredible turnaround at the TU Stadium in the presence of a massive crowd.In a match which saw Anshuman Rath wilting under huge crowd pressure to bleed 36 runs in a single over, Warriors won the game in the last ball of the game preventing Gladiators from collecting nine runs in the final over.

Batting first, Warriors made 149-7 with a collective batting effort before stopping Gladiators at 148-9 in 20 overs.

The game was evenly poised when Gladiators were 44-1 in seven overs before Anshuman came in and in one of the most awkward display of bowling delivered three no-balls and two wides smashed for four sixes and a boundary.

Gladiators then began playing with the cushion and saw their skipper Sharad Vesawkar complete half century before he returned to the pavilion with an excellent direct hit from Karan KC.

Sharad made 52 off 39 balls with four sixes and four boundaries. Gladiators were in the driving seat when they needed just 11 runs from the last 12 deliveries. Skipper Paras Khadka bowled an excellent over removing set batsman Aarif Sheikh and hard-hitting Rohit Kumar Paudel (seven) and conceded just two runs.

Needing nine runs from the last over, Anil Sah came in to bowl the final over and was hit for a boundary by Krishna Karki in the first ball. With five runs needed to win from four balls, Anil removed Krishna the next ball. After a dot in the third, a run out of Bhuwan Karki sparked and next ball Puneet Mehra was out for duck as Gladiators need five from the last ball.

Bhupendra Thapa could only collect two. The title triumph saw Aarif pocket a cash purse of Rs 2.1 million.

Electing to bat first, Anshuman did most of the scoring in his 34-run opening wicket partnership with Aashif Sheikh before middle order batsmen provided the lift taking Warriors to 149-7 in 20 overs.

Aasif's poor run of form with the bat continued after he was dismissed by Sharad for just seven runs. Aarif Sheikh then struck with the prized scalp of Babar Hayat, who failed for the first time in the tournament making a 10-ball 11.

Rath made a run-a-ball 41 hitting four boundaries and a six. Paras Khadka tried to up the ante and took the team to 100 runs before holing out a catch at mid on to Bhuwan Karki off Hari Shankar Sah. Paras scored 22 off 17 with two sixes and a four.

Anil Sah scored 22 from 17 with two boundaries and a six and Pranit Thapa hit a 13-ball 14 with one boundary. Karan KC, who hit a six off Aarif in the last ball of the last over, was unbeaten on a three-ball nine.

Hari Shankar was the most successful bowler picking up two wickets and conceding just 16 runs, while Krishna Karki was hit for 27 runs picking up two wickets.


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