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Bhandari blitzes again as Army thump APF

Jun 05, 2018 | Parbati Lama |

Skipper Binod Bhandari struck the fastest half century of the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament as Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) hammered Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club by 70 runs to finish Group ‘A’ winners.

The match was reduced to 40-over-a-side due to wet outfield and after put in to bat, TAC got a decent start from their top three batsmen before Bhandari blitzed lifting his team to a mammoth 228 all out in 40 overs. APF almost had an identical start but a solid bowling performance from Army saw them bundled out for just 158 runs in 32.5 overs.

TAC finished their league campaign unbeaten at the top of the table with eight points from four matches and APF, who were already in the last four, followed the Armymen as group runners-up with six points.

The Armymen had a sluggish start as it was opener Sagar Pun who played a gritty knock in his 77-run opening wicket partnership with Anil Mandal. Sagar made 46 from 55 balls with three fours and as many sixes before falling to the spin of Prithu Baskota.

Anil continued to build the innings and together with Naresh Budhayer, shared 82 runs for the second wicket. Man-of-the-match Anil scored 72 from 99 balls with seven hits to the fence. Naresh made 37 off 39 with a six and a four but it was Bhandari who entertained the crowd at the TU grounds.

Bhandari struck five sixes and completed his half century in just 22 balls with a single off Basanta Regmi. He had also smashed a 25-ball fifty against Province 1 in their second match. He made exactly 50 off 23, falling to Basanta. Bhuwan Karki took 3-44 from eight overs for APF.

Subash Khakurel, who came into the match following the century against Province 2 a day earlier, gave a desired start adding 42 runs for the first wicket. But TAC spinners began taking control of the game as the scores read 63-4 in 14.4 overs. Subash made 22 off 23 with four boundaries and Anil scored a 36-ball 24 with four boundaries.

Rohit Kumar Paudel and Bhuwan Karki tried to resurrect the innings with a 45-run fifth wicket partnership but the collapse resumed after the former unluckily ran himself out. Rohit made 28 from 40 with three boundaries. APF soon lost Sandeep Jhora and Karan KC to get reduced to 122-7. Amar Singh Routela led the late fight smashing three sixes and four in his 33-run stand with Bhuwan but ran out of partners.

He made 29 not out off 16 balls. Bhuwan scored 26 from 37 with two boundaries. Sompal Kami took three wickets for TAC, while Sushan Bhari, Sagar and Shahab Alam took two wickets each.


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