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Paltan claim Pokhara Premier League title

Nov 06, 2018 | CN Staff |
Pokhara Paltan claimed the title of Pokhara Premier League (PPL) defeating Chitwan Rhinos by three wickets in the final on Tuesday. 

Electing to field first at the Pokhara Stadium, Sharad Vesawkar's Paltan restricted Paras Khadka-led Rhinos to 160-5 in 20 overs before their Indian recruit Ravi Inder Singh played a solid knock leading the team to 161-7 in 19.2 overs. 

The victory handed Paltan a cash purse of Rs 2.7 million, while runners-up Rhinos got one million rupees. This is the first time in domestic franchise league that Sharad's team has managed to overcome Paras' side having previously lost to the national team skipper in two other leagues. 

Man-of-the-final Singh played the major role for Paltan who stuck to the crease and made runs at will. He began to shape the innings with a 64-run partnership for the second wicket with Aasif Sheikh (12). 

After Aasif's departure, Mohammad Naveed played a cameo of 14-ball 25 hitting three sixes and a boundary. Singh continued to dominate the innings and got involved in a match winning 50-run partnership. Sharad scored 22 off 23 with two fours. 

Naveed lost his wicket in the 19th over but by then the game had already slipped out of Rhinos' grasp. Singh struck 13 boundaries and three sixes in his 58-ball innings. Bhuwan Karki took two wickets for Rhinos. 

Earlier, it was skipper Paras who led the scoring for Rhinos. He did the bulk of scoring in a 76-run second wicket stand with Anil Kumar Sah. Paras hit a 37-ball 51 with nine boundaries before an unlucky run out sent him back to the pavilion. 

Rashid Khan sparked Paras' dismissal after he got hands to a straight drive from Anil and the ball deflected to the stumps when non-striker Paras was striding for a run. Sunny Patel and Anil then shared 50 runs for the third wicket before the latter lost his wicket. 

Anil scored 38-ball 37 with three fours and a six. Sunny hammered 43 off 21 with four sixes and three boundaries. Aarif Sheikh was unbeaten on 14 off 11. Krishna Karki took two wickets for Paltan.


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