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Rhinos' search for victory ends with 126-run rout of Blues

Oct 31, 2018 | CN Staff |

Chitwan Rhinos' search for victory in the Pokhara Premier League finally ended in their third match after the Paras Khadka-led side crushed Dhangadhi Blues by 126 runs at the Pokhara Stadium on Wednesday.

Put in to bat first, a century parternship for the opening wicket between Hari Shankar Sah and Anil Kumar Sah took Rhinos to a mammoth 193-5 in 20 overs. Sunny Patel, who also contributed 26 runs to the total, returned to pick up four wickets in a miserly spell as Blues were bundled out for just 67 runs in 15.2 overs. 

The victory lifted Rhinos to the fourth spot on net run rate after they were tied on two points with Blues. While the first placed team after the league will directly reach the final, the second and third placed side will play the Eliminator to enter the final.

Hari Shankar and Anil built a solid foundation for the big total after the two batsmen added 101 runs for the first wicket. Anil struck a 34-ball 37 with three sixes and a four. Hari Shankar departed nine runs later after completing his half century.

Hari Shankar made 53 off 33 balls with six fours and three sixes. Skipper Paras Khadka made a nine-ball 19 with four boundaries and Smit Patel scored 24 off 17 with four hits to the fence. 

Patel took Rhinos close to 200 striking a 16-ball 26 hitting three fours and a six. Dipendra Singh Airee, Dan Lawrence, Yogendra Singh Karki and Manjeet Shrestha took a wicket each for Blues. 

Karan KC and Sunny gave the desired start for Rhinos in their defence removing openers Dilip Nath and Lawrence for duck. Blues hardly recovered from the early set back and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. 

Foreign player Peter Trego made a 21-ball 27 for Blues. He hit three fours and a six. Yogendra made 17 off 30 hitting one six. Other batsmen failed to reach double figures. Sunny returned the figures of 4-8 from 3.2 overs, while Bhuwan Karki and Smit also took two wickets apiece.


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