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Favourites United come down to must-win situation

Feb 14, 2019 | CN Staff |

Pre-tournament favourites Mahendranagar United came down to a must-win situation after rain washed out their third match of the Dhangadhi Premier League against Biratnagar Kings at the Fapla Cricket Ground on Thursday.

United had reduced Kings to 82-7 in 18.3 overs before before rain intervened and the match officials decided to abandon the match with both teams sharing a point each. The match had to be abandoned after the organisers chopped of rest day following two-day postponement of the tournament, also due to rain.

Sharad Vesawkar’s United are still waiting for their first win, collecting just one point from three matches to stay fifth in the six-team tournament. They had suffered narrow two-run and seven-run defeats against Rupandehi Challengers and Kathmandu Goldens respectively in their previous matches.

They must win their last two matches against Dhangadhi Stars and table toppers CYC Attariya to stay to have any chances for the playoffs. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs.

The wash out, meanwhile, benefitted Kings who are fourth in the table and winning one match would be sufficient for them to make it through. Kings had defeated Star for their first win in the tournament.

Sagar Dhakal had troubled Kings batsmen with three wickets in his four-over spell giving away just 21 runs. He also bowled a maiden. Mohammad Naveed was also economical with the figures of 1-11 in his four.

Asad Pathan top scored for Kings with 23-ball 19 that was laced with three fours and a six. Former Under-19 national team skipper Prithu Baskota resisted for a while making 14 runs from 25 balls including a boundary. Avinash Yadav (13) and Trit Raj Das (12) were two other batsmen to reach double figures.


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