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Baluwatar survive last ball thriller, PC Fighter win

Feb 03, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

Baluwatar Cricket Club survived a last-ball thriller as Mehboob Alam starred in Royal PC Fighter’s opening victory in the Khukuri Challenger Twenty20 cricket tournament on Saturday.

In the Group ‘B’ matches at the Mulpani Cricket Ground, Baluwatar edged IOE Pulchowk by one wicket in chase of a low total. PC Fighter hammered Lord Buddha Cricket Club (LBCC) by eight wickets in their first game of the tournament.

Pulchowk’s decision to bat first backfired as they were bundled out for just 86 runs in 20 overs with five of their batsmen falling prey to run out. However, their bowlers bowled their heart out and made a star studded Baluwatar batting line up struggle before the team reached 87-9 in the last ball of the day.

Amar Singh Routela top scored for Baluwatar with 23 runs from 22 balls hitting three boundaries and a six. Baluwatar were reduced to 77-9 but Khsitiz Singh negotiated with the chase remaining unbeaten on 13 form 16 balls.

Suyash Aryal took 3-17 from four overs, while Chiranjibi Pandey (2-10) and Nawaraj Neupane (2-13) had also bowled effectively. Aayush Pokhrel also took a wicket for Pulchowk.

Earlier, opener Aman Nath Mandal was the highest scorer of the game making 30 off 34 with five boundaries. Chiranjibi (10) and Dinesh Thagunna (10) were other batsmen reaching double figures. Man-of-the-match Kshitiz took two wickets for Baluwatar.

LBCC had a distarous game after Mehboob took 4-11 from four overs to skittle out the opponents for just 66 in 13.4 overs. Opener Prabin Joshi led the chase making 29-ball 43 not out with nine boundaries as PC Fighter reached 68-2 in 8.5 overs.

Dipesh Khatri (nine) and Sandeep Sunar (seven not out) forged good partnership with Rabin. Subash Khakurel’s return to domestic cricket couldn’t be the best one as he was out for two runs. Anup Shrestha and Abhisesh Thapa Magar took a wicket each for LBCC.

Apart from Alam, Dipesh also turned the screw on LBCC batsmen taking 3-9 from four overs. Shumsher Chand took two wickets in the four legal deliveries he bowled in the day. Anup (13) and Prabendra Rajbhandari (10) managed to survive the longest for LBCC.


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