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Warriors edge Rhinos in Super Over

Dec 11, 2018 | CN Staff |

Biratnagar Warriors edged Kyle Coetzer's Pokhara Rhinos in Super Over after a thrilling low-scoring match of the Everest Premier League saw both teams making 84 runs each.

Richard Levi failed for the first time in the tournament and saw his side restricted to a tournament-low 84-7 in 20 overs at the TU Stadium. Warriors looked like sealing the game but Rhinos stage a valiant fight back to bundle out the opponents for exactly 84 in 19.3 overs.

In the Super Over, Karan KC took the strike playing all six deliveries and hit two sixes apart from collecting four doubles to make 20 runs against Paul Couglin with skipper Paras Khadka just making the numbers from the other end.  

Warriors sent in Roelof van der Merwe to defend the total with Levi and Binod Bhandari opening the innings. Van der Merwe gave a dot in the first ball and Levi took a single in the second. Bhandari struck a six in the third as Rhinos needed 14 runs from the last three. 

But Van der Merwe handed the victory after Bhandari managed just a single in the fourth. Levi got a single in the fifth and a boundary in the last ball was just to complete the formality.

Earlier, Warriors' decision to bat first was vindicated in the first five overs after Van der Merwe struck in his first two overs with prized scalps of skipper Kyle Coetzer and Levi, who came into the match following scores of whirlwind 79 and 84 in the first two games. 

Paul Couglin and Rajesh Pulami Magar brought Rhinos biggest partnership of the day putting in 30 runs for the fifth wicket. Couglin top scored for Rhinos making 20 off 27 with two boundaries. 

Rajesh, who played a boundary less innings to make a painstaking 17 from 35 balls. Van Meekeren took 3-17 from four overs and Van der Merwe snared 2-20 from four overs.

Skipper Paras decided to open the innings with Anil demoting Aasif Sheikh but that hardly worked as both openers were out in the first two overs. Aasif and Smit collected 23 runs before the former lost his wicket to veteran spinner Shakti Gauchan. 

Aasif scored 19 off 13 with four boundaries, while Bhari removed Patel for eight. Warriors then lost Van der Merwe (11), Robeen Chhetri (12) and Sumit Maharjan (four) and Karan KC (15) but Hari Bahadur Chauhan (12 not out) held firm only to see the game reach Super Over.


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