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Dabas stars as Goldens make it two in a row

Feb 13, 2019 | CN Staff |

Anikt Dabas smashed tournament’s highest individual score to hand Kathmandu Goldens second consecutive victory in the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) on Wednesday. Goldens defeated Sharad Vesawkar’s Mahendranagar United by seven runs for the latter’s second consecutive loss in the tournament.

Put in to bat first, Dabas got involved in a record partnership with Yogendra Singh Karki to lift Goldens to a tournament-high 134-5 in 20 overs. Rashid Khan took three wickets and Nandan Yadav picked up two reducing United to 86-7 from where they struggled to recover before getting restricted to 127-8 in 20 overs.

Needing 33 runs from the last three overs, Amar Singh Routela collected 11 runs from the 18th bowled by Dabas. Amar struck a four in the last ball of the penultimate over from Nandan from which United took 10 runs leaving 12 to win from the last six balls.

United lost Siddhant Lohani (nine) in the first ball of the last over to Yogendra who held on to concede just four runs in the last five balls. Amar was unbeaten on 30 off 29 balls with two boundaries. Skipper Sharad Vesawkar scored 23 off 24 balls with three hits to the fence.     

Earlier, Golden lost openers Gaurav Tomar (one) and Anil Kumar Sah (six) with just six runs on the board before their batting revolved around Dabas. He shared 29 runs for the third wicket with skipper Gyanendra Malla who was caught behind off Sagar Dhakal making an 18-ball 14 with a boundary.

Mehboob Alam (13) hit two boundaries but was bowled by Amar Singh Routela who also accounted for the wicket of Sonu Tamang (one) as Goldens were reeling at 58-5 in 13 overs.

The defining partnership then came for the sixth wicket after Dabas was involved in an unbroken 76-run partnership with Yogendra Singh Karki. The partnership is so far the best for any wicket in the current season fot he DPL.

Dabas initially took time to settle before he began punishing United bowlers. He was unbeaten on 65 off 55 balls with five boundaries and three sixes. Yogendra chipped in a 14-ball 22 with a six and a four. Sagar Dhakal, Avinash Bohora and Mohammad Naveed also picked up a wicket each for United. 


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