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Prakash takes rare fifer in PC Fighter's second victory

Feb 05, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

A rare five-wicket haul from Prakash Bista in domestic Twenty20 cricket and half century from Subash Khakurel in his returning tournament handed Royal PC Fighter their second consecutive victory in the Khukuri Challenger Twenty20 on Monday.

In Group ‘B’ matches at Mulpani Cricket Ground, PC Fighter defeated IOE Pulchowk by 66 runs and Lord Buddha Cricket Club (LBCC) registered their first win with a six-wicket victory over Trimurty Boys.

The highlight was the day’s second game where PC Fighter rode on an unbeaten half century from Subash to pile up a huge 163-8 in 20 overs. Man-of-the-match Prakash returned with the ball and demolished Pulchowk’s middle order to bundle out their opponents for just 97 in 19.3 overs.

After Mehboob Alam opened the floodgates removing openers Pankaj Kumar Das (13) and Aman Nath Mandal (12), who had begun with a 32-run partnership, it was Prakash who struck in regular intervals. Only Gaurav Khadka managed to stay long in the crease for Pulchowk with a 34-ball 31 before losing his wicket to Prakash.

Gaurav hit two fours and a six. Manish Gyawali (11) was another batsman to reach double figures. Prakash took 5-23 from four overs and Mehboob had the miserly figures of 2-3 from three overs. Basanta Khatri also had one scalp for the winning side.

Earlier, Subash shared 48 runs for the second wicket with Sandeep Sunar and glued to the crease throughout the innings with a 48-ball 66 not out that included seven boundaries and two sixes.

Sandeep scored 30 from 26 with four fours and a six, while opener Rabin Joshi hit four boundaries in his 14-ball 19. Suyash Aryal, Chiranjibi Pandey, Manish Gyawali and Dinesh Thagunna took two wickets each for Pulchowk.

In the first game of the day, Trimurty Boys managed to reach 151-5 but couldn’t stop LBCC from reaching 155-4 in 18.2 overs.

Manish Srivastav’s composed innings was the cornerstone in LBCC victory as he got involved in four crucial partnerships. The No 3 batsman began with a 35-run partnership for the second wicket with Binod Khadka (16) and followed it with 42 runs for the third wicket with Jyoti Bhandari, 49 runs for the fourth wicket with Anup Shrestha and unbroken 25 for the fifth with Arbin Rana (15).

Srivastav scored an unbeaten 39 off 43 with three boundaries but the real impact was made by man-of-the-match Jyoti who scored 36 from 26 hitting four boundaries and two sixes. Anup made 23 from 18 with three hits to the fence.

Sandeep Tamang, Ashish Lama and Rishi took a wicket each for Trimurty Boys.

Just like the LBCC innings, Trimurty Boys were thankful to their opener Jiban Lamsal who ensured the team crosses 150-run mark with two big partnerships. Jiba, who was out in the last over, shared 57 runs with Dipendra Magar for the second wicket and 50 runs for the fifth wicket with Sanjay Tamang.

Jiban top scored with a 51-ball 48 smashing three boundaries, while Dipendra was their next best scorer notching up 36 off 30 with six fours. Sanjay hit a six and a four in his 21-ball 28. Prasoon Thapa Magar took two, while Raman Pokhrel, Anup and Abhishesh Thapa Magar snared one each.



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