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Mahato's last-over maiden hands Titans thrilling victory

Oct 31, 2018 | CN Staff |
Fast bowler Kishor Mahato bowled a maiden in the last over as Biratnagar Titans registered their first victory in the Pokhara Premier League with a thrilling 12-run victory over table toppers Butwal Blasters on Wednesday. 

Chasing Titans' 140-7 in 20 overs, Blasters needed 13 runs from the last over with hard hitting Siddhant Lohani standing at the non-strikers end. After a dot in the first ball against Samsad Sheikh, Kishor bowled another bouncer in the second. With Sheikh unable to connect the ball, Siddhant ran for a bye but wicketkeeper Raju Rijal hit ran out Lohani to put Titans on top. 

Kishor then bowled four more dot balls to hand Titans a thrilling win. The first win of the tournament has kept Titans just alive but will now depend on result from other matches to confirm the top three spot. 

Opener Muhammad Zaid Alam did the bulk of scoring for Titans smashing a 45-ball 72 with five six fours and five boundaries. He shared 36 runs for the second wicket with Jitendra Singh Thakuri (two) and 67 for the third with Pradeep Airee. 

Pradeep made 41 off 43 with three fours and a six. Lalit Singh Bhandari took two wickets for Blasters. 

Sagar Pun scored from the top order making a 33-ball 29 with four boundaries before a 41-run stand for the fourth wicket between Bhim Sharki and Shankar Rana (23) kept Blasters in the game. But Sandeep Lamichhane took two wickets in three balls removing Shankar and Prakash KC (duck) to give Titans an edge. 

Blasters then lost Bhim after the he complete a half century following a poor call from himself affected a run out. Bhim made 50 off 42 with four boundaries and a six. Kishor took 2-12 and Sandeep picked up 2-24.


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