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Sandeep climbs up to pinnacle of wicket-taking chart

Dec 27, 2018 | CN Staff |
Nepal’s global ambassador of sports Sandeep Lamichhane climbed to the pinnacle of the wicket takers' list in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL) with brilliant bowling display against Sydney Sixers as his Melbourne Stars side finally opened the victory account. 

Sandeep returned the figures of 2-18 in a performance lauded by the television commentators while sending back Sixers’ captain Moises Henriques (nine) in  his second over. English batsman Tom Curran (two) was his second dismissal. 

Sandeep now has seven wickets from three matches tying with Melbourne Stars spinner Steve O'Keefe. He had taken 2-36 against Sydney Thunder in the first game and 3-24 against Hobart Hurricanes but on both occasions Stars had lost. 

Skipper Glenn Maxwell handed Sandeep the ball in the seventh over where he went wicketless and conceded just six runs. He trapped Henriques right in front in his second ball of the second over which went for four runs. 

The Nepali bowler continued to get better and sent back Curran in his last ball of his third over. He was lucky to get the second wicket as TV replays suggested the ball was missing leg stump. Sandeep conceded just three runs in the third.

He was close to get his third wicket of the day but Jordan Abott survived another close LBW call after it was found that the ball was about to hit the leg stump. The shout came after Sean Abott managed to get a boundary in his wide leg break that missed the fielder at the slips. His fourth and final over went for seven runs. 

Sandeep's disciplined bowling and five wickets between Jackson Coleman (3-18) and Dwayne Bravo (2-28) restricted Sixers to just 130-9 in 20 overs. Man-of-the-match Peter Handscomb did the rest for Stars smashing a 35-ball 70 that took the team to 132-5 in just 14.5 overs.


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