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Shantinagar stuns TAC to reach semi-finals

Feb 13, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

Shantinagar Youth Club stunned Tribhuvan Army Club by seven runs to enter the semi-finals of the Khukuri Challenger Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Mulpani Cricket Ground on Tuesday.In the first quarter-final match, Shantinagar were restricted to 128-8 in 20 overs but their bowlers did well stopping TAC at 121-8. Man-of-the-match Yogendra Karki played a crucial role in Shantinagar’s victory picking up four wickets.

Later in the day, Kathmandu Cricket Training Centre (KCTC) eased to a 24-run victory over Great Himalayan Cricket Academy. KCTC managed 123-7 before bundling out GHCA for 99 in 18.4 overs.

Opener Sunil Dhamala had led the TAC attack sharing 30 runs for the first wicket with his partner Mukund Yadav (five). After Mukund’s departure, he got involved in a half century partnership with Amit Shrestha to guide his team to what ultimately was a winning total.

Sunil made a run-a-ball 51 with six fours and a six. Amit chipped in 23 from 22 hitting three boundaries and one maximum. Manjeet Shrestha (13) was their next best scorer. Avinash Bohora took 4-31 from four overs. Hari Jha also had two scalps.

The top three batsmen from TAC managed to cross double digits but none of them managed to convert. No 7 batsman Lokendra Chand topscored for them with 20 off 17 with three hits to fence. Raju Rijal (17), Indra Kamal Manandhar (15), Bhupendra Thapa (15) and Dipu Karn (15) were their next best scorers.

Karki returned the figures of 4-18 and Manjeet took 3-15 from their respective four-over spells.

In the second match, man-of-the-match Sudhir Chaudhary was at the centre of KCTC innings after he began the day with a 41-run first wicket stand with Aadil Khan (14) and a match-winning 75 run partnership for the second wicket with Durgesh Thapa.

Sudhir made 64 off 60 with seven boundaries and two sixes, while Durgesh contributed 37-ball 35 with a six and a four. Ishan Pandey took three wickets for GHCA.

Opener Pradeep Airee top scored for GHCA with a 24-ball 23 hitting three boundaries and Kamal Singh Airee was their next best scorer with 20 from 21 hitting two fours. Another opener Abhishek Basnet (17) and Dinesh Budhamagar (12) crossed double digits. Sumit Jha (3-16) and Pritam Thapa (2-11) shared five wickets between them for KCTC.


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