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Levi blitz in vain as Tomar, Kolsawala steal the show

Dec 10, 2018 | CN Staff |

Richard Levi blitzed one more time but the South African's whirlwind knock once again came for a losing cause as Lalitpur Patriots eased to an eight-wicket victory over Pokhara Rhinos in the Everest Premier League on Monday.


On their way to registering second consecutive win, Patriots bowlers made a fine comeback after Pawan Sarraf removed Levi whose 39-ball 84 was more than 50 percent of the team total of 166-4 in 20 overs. Indian recruits Gaurav Tomar and Jaykishan Kolsawala negotiated with the target as the duo built on a century stand guiding the team to 171-2 in 15.5 overs.

Tomar and Kolsawala shared 129 runs for the opening wicket making full advantage of a toothless Pokhara bowling attack which was also not able to defend 215 runs against Bhairahawa Gladiators in their first match on Sunday.

Tomar and Kolsawala made batting look easy in a match-defining 129-run opening stand throwing Rhinos virtually out of the contest. Tomar led the charge making 82 runs from 41 balls that included eight sixes and four boundaries.

Kolsawala was a perfect ally for Tomar striking 51 from 38 balls hitting four boundaries and three sixes. The two set batsmen lost their wickets in successive overs after Sushan Bhari Shrestha removed Kolsawala following Paul Couglin's dismissal of Tomar.

Sunny Patel  and Sonu Tamang (11) finished it off with cameos. Patel scored 20 off 8 with two sixes and a four.

Levi came to the crease after smashing a 36-ball 70 and he picked up from where he had left with lusty hittings. His opening partner and captain Kyle Coetzer remained calm in the 97-run first wicket partnership.

But once Pawan got rid of Levi, Patriots gained an upper hand in the match as Rhinos made just 67 runs in their last 10 overs. Coetzer made a sluggish 31-ball 19, while Sunil Dhamala (10) and Coughlin (11) hardly made any impact.

Binod Bhandari took the team to 166 hitting 34 not out from 23 balls with three fours and a six. Pawan took 3-31 from four overs.



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