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Sonnet through at the expense of APF

Apr 26, 2018 | Saleena Shrestha |

Sonnet Cricket Club brushed aside Birat Cricket Society by six wickets to enter the semi-finals of the Deepak Gupta Memorial Twenty20 (DGMT) cricket tournament in Janakpur on Thursday.

Needing a big-margin victory to make it to the last four on better run rate, Sonnet -- a club from Kanpur -- restricted Birat to 94-5 in 20 overs before reaching the target in just 12.4 overs for the loss of four wickets.

The win saw Sonnet replace Nepal Armed Police Force Club (APF) at the second spot in Group 'B' on better net run rate. Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC), Sonnet and APF finished with four points each from three games with only net run rate separating the three teams. 

TAC, already into the semi-finals, finished at the top table and will now meet Phoenix Cricket Club of Assam, while Sonnet will clash Group 'A' winners Nepal Police Club.

Birat were undone by a disciplined bowling from Sonnet bowlers before Firdosh Ansari pushed them close to triple figures with a 15-ball 24 not out. He hit three boundaries. Sonu Tamang (16 off 17 with one four and a six) was the only other basman to play with some grit. 

Shadab Akhtar made a painstaking 14 off 45 balls, while Ankit Subedi (10) made runs in double figures for Sonnet. Kshitiz Kumar returned the figures of 2-22 in three overs. Faiz Ahmed and Anmol Pandey had a scalp each. 

Two early wickets from Arsala Akhtar reduced Sonnet to 17-2 before man-of-the-match Rishav Rai and Faiz Ahmed sailed the team home notching up 66-run match winning stand for the third wicket. 

Rai topscored with 48 off 32 smashing six boundaries and a maximum. Skipper Faiz Ahmed made 34 off 32 hitting three fours and a six. Sonu dismissed both set batsmen consecutively but by then the match had already slipped from Birat's hands.


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