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TAC through to semi-finals as APF stay alive

Apr 25, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |

Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) hammered Birat Cricket Society by nine wickets to enter the semi-finals of the Deepak Gupta Memorial Twenty20 cricket tournament on Wednesday.

In the second match at Ranabhumi ground in Janakpur, Sagar Pun and Sompal Kami took three wickets each bundling out Birat for a tournament-low 39 in just 12.2 overs. Binod Bhandari then struck 18-ball 30 not out with three sixes and a boundary as United reached 45-1 in just 4.5 overs.

Binod gave a perfect reply in chase of a low total with a 45-run partnership for the second wicket with Naresh Budhayer (14 not out) after Sagar (duck out) was caught by Sonu Tamang off Arsalan Akhtar. It took TAC just 29 balls to sail home.

Naresh hit three sixes and one four in his 10-ball innings. TAC are now at the top spot on better run rate after they were tied on four points from three matches with Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club. APF, on Wednesday, got the better of Sonnet Cricket Club of Kanpur earlier in the day to get back in contention for semi-finals from Group ‘B’.

However, if Sonnet thrash Birat by a huge margin in their last league game on Thursday, APF might have to make way for the foreign invitees. Winless Birat are already out of the tournament.

Apart from Sagar, who returned the miserly figures of 3-7 from three overs, Sompal Kami also took 3-6 in 3.2, while Susan Bhari and Shahab Alam snared two wickets apiece.

Sonu Tamang, who hit 19 not out from 18 balls with two sixes, was the only Birat batsman to score in double digits.

Earlier in the day, Sonnet were bundled out by a young APF side for just 85 in 20 overs before a modest opening wicket stand of 40 runs between Pranit Thapa Magar and Anil Sah laid the foundation as APF reached 87-5 in 13.5 overs.

Pranit top scored for his side with 23 off 28 with one boundary while Sah contributed 17 from 14 with a six and a four. Amar Singh Routela (16) was the next best contributor for APF. Kshitiz Kumar took 4-18 from four overs for the visiting side.

Earlier, Yagyaman Kumal had given an early breakthrough to APF but it was spinner Irshad Ahmed who did the job for the departmental team picking up 3-10 from three overs. Four run outs affected by APF fielders also caused Sonnet, a four-run winners of TAC, on Tuesday, to get squeezed out for a low total.


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