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First-half of EPL: Karan, Tomar, Pawan among top performers

Dec 13, 2018 | CN Staff |

The first half of the Everest Premier League has almost been about ferocious hitting from foreign players. In an unexpected turn around of circumstances, the competition has witnessed the highest team total in Nepali domestic Twenty20 history and was sensationally chased down. 

At the other side, the lowest team total of the tournament went to a Super Over that saw some serious power hitting from a Nepali cricketer. Here Roshan Dhital brings you the top performers of opening week.

Gaurav Tomar (Lalitpur Patriots)

Tomar is one of the reasons why Patriots have cruised into the playoffs winning three out of four league matches. Patriots foreign recruit Tomar is leading the run-scoring chart with 196 runs from four innings. He was phenomenal in his quickfire 82 runs when Patriots chased down Pokhara Rhinos' 166 with an ease. Barring his off-day against defending champions Biratnagar Warriors, Tomar has been a consistent contributor for Gyanendra Malla's Patriots. He smashed 80 off just 35 balls in a 10-wicket defeat of Kathmandu Kings XI before the tournament went for a break. He had taken four wickets in the first three games before being suspended for illegal bowling action.

Karan KC (Biratnagar Warriors)

Famously recognised for his miraculous batting performance against Canada in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in Namibia earlier this year, Karan is the only player to get back-to-back man-of-the match. He started it all in the tournament opener with Patriots smashing a 19-ball 36 in a low scoring chase when Warriors needed him the most. The momentum continued in another low-scoring tie against Pokhara Rhinos where he scored 15 runs that ultimately forced the game into Super Over. He was in strike throughout the Super Over and smashed 20 runs to hand Warriors a sensational victory. 

Richard Levi (Pokhara Rhinos)

South African Levi is the biggest name associated with this season's EPL and so far he has fared according to expectations. Opening the innings for Rhinos, Levi has amassed 166 runs from three matches. But more than these numbers, his exhibition of power hitting combined with timing and connection is what has left everyone talking about. He smashed a 39-ball 84 against Patriots and after smashing Bhairahawa Gladiators for 79 runs inisde the first seven overs. He is the lone batsman to have strike rate of over 200 in this tournament. Rhinos are yet to win a match but with Levi firing all cylinders, the team still have a chance to make a comeback.

Pawan Sarraf (Lalitpur Patriots)

Emerging bowling all-rounder from Kalaiya, Pawan has superbly performed at the highest level of Nepali domestic cricket and now is among the joint leading wicket taker of the tournament with six scalps. He was adjudged the man-of-the-match against Kings XI in a game where he picked out all three foreign recruits -- Irish allrounder Kevin O'Brien being the biggest name. 

Ravi Inder Singh (Bhairahawa Gladiators)

Ravi Inder is in the third spot of tournament's leading scorers with 162 runs. Having already given man-of-the-match in the Pokhara Premier League final, Ravi Inder took the Kathmandu spectators by storm smashing a 60-ball 125 in a 216-run chase against Pokhara Rhinos. His 125 is the highest Twenty20 score at the TU ground. Gladiators have already entered the playoffs and his performance is going to be crucial in Warriors' bid to win the title.


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