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Patel's 6-10, Bhati's fastest 50 takes Goldens to final

Apr 12, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |
Sunny Patel returned the record bowling figures and Subodh Bhati smashed a record fastest half century as Kathmandu Goldens clinically beat Mahendranagar United to enter the final of the Dhangadhi Premier League on Thursday. 

A day after the scheduled second Qualifier was postponed, Goldens once again won the toss and after Patel's magical bowling figures of 6-10, United recovered to post 142-9 in 20 overs. Bhati then smashed a 17-ball half century guiding Goldens to 143-5 in 18.2 overs. 

Goldens will now compete with defending champions Team Chauraha Dhangadhi in the final on Friday.

Electing to field first, Patel sent back skipper Binod Bhandari, Aasif Sheikh, Hari Shankar Shah, Rohit Paudel and Bhuwan Karki all for ducks and Punit Bista for seven as United were left reeling at 10-6 in five overs.

Aarif Sheikh and Puneet Mehra then rebuilt the innings with an 85-run partnership that saved United blushes. Aarif made a 39-ball 43 with four boundaries and a six. His dismissal brought Karan KC at the crease and he forged a 46-run stand for the eighth wicket with Mehra. 

Mehra scored 58 off 42 deliveries with four boundaries and four sixes, while Karan scored 21 off 12 with two sixes. 

After Patel show, pinch hitter Bhati stood up to back up the brilliant performane from his compatriot smashing five sixes and four boundaries to complete the fastest half century of the tournament. 

In doing so, he surpassed Babar Hayat's 28-ball half century against Rupandehi Challengers. Bhati did the bulk of scoring in a 76-run opening wicket stand with Amit Shrestha. 

Amit chipped in 26 off 19 with five hits to the fence. Skipper Gyanendra Malla also contributed with a 31-ball 25 with a six and a four. Mehra took two wickets for United, while Bhuwan, Robeen Chhetri and Bista also had one scalp apiece. 


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