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Big Bash League: Sandeep closing in on peculiar feat

Feb 14, 2019 | CN Staff |

Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane is close to achieving a peculiar piece of success after his team reached the Australian Big Bash League final on Thursday.

Sandeep is fresh from winning Nepal's first ever One Day International (ODI) Series and Twenty20 International Series which the country did against the United Arab Emirates on February 3 at the Emirati capital. A Big Bash title would be an icing on the cake for Sandeep for whom the Australian Twenty20 competition is seventh global franchise league within one year.

The Nepali teen prodigy is also set to feature in the ongoing Pakistan Super League where he will represent Lahore Qalandars.

In a semi-final match where Sandeep went wicket less in a pitch that didn't have much for spinners, Stars cruised to a six-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes who had topped the table after the completion of the double round robin league.

Sandeep conceded 31 runs in four overs but can make a dream debut provided Stars win Sunday's Big Bash final where they would meet either Melbourne Renegades or Sydney Sixers. The two teams are meeting in the second semi-final on Friday.

Electing to field first, Hurricanes were on course for a big total but Stars bowlers did a commendable job to restrict the hosts to 153-7 in 20 overs. Ben McDermott top scored for them with a 42-ball 53 and George Bailey chipped in a 32-ball 37.

Player-of-the-match Daniel Worrall played a crucial role in restricting Hurricanes to a gettable total returning the figures of 4-23 from four overs.

In reply, an unbroken 72-run stand between Glenn Maxwell and Seb Gotch (33) did the job for the Stars as they raced to 157-4 in 18.5 overs. Maxwell scored 43 runs from 33 balls hitting four boundaries.

Sandeep was introduced in the fifth over where he conceded nine runs. He gave away just six in the seventh. He returned in the 13th and bowled tightly to give away just four runs but was hammered in his last -- team's 17th -- leaking 12 runs.

Sandeep has played seven matches in the BBL and taken 11 wickets. His 3-11 from 3.4 overs was impressive in taking Stars into the semi-final following a massive victory over Sydney Thunder.


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