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Raju and Shahab pilot Army to huge win

May 24, 2019 | CN Staff |
Raju Rijal shone with the bat as Tribhuwan Army Club (TAC) hammered Province 2 by 171 runs in the first match of Prime Minister Cup 2019 on Friday at TU cricket ground.

After being asked to bat first, TAC posted 278-9 in 50 overs before Province 2 lost all wickets for 107 runs in 31.4 overs.

Raju and Binod Bhandari added 121 runs off 127 balls for the first wicket and laid the foundation for big total. Raju scored 90 runs from 109 balls which included two sixes and five fours. Skipper Binod slammed 61-ball 66 with nine shots to the fence.

Raju also shared 62 run-stand with Hari Bahadur Chauhan for the second wicket. Hari  anchored the partnership with 44-ball 26 that included two fours. Rohit Kumar Paudel then accelerated the innings with 47 runs from 36 balls including one six and four boundaries. Karan KC (11) was another man to have score in double digit for the winning side.

Hari Shankar Sah picked maximum three wickets for Province 2, giving away 55 runs in his 10 overs. Bibek Yadav (1-31), Samsad Sheikh (1-40), Bishal Shusling (1-24) and Rashid Khan (1-58) picked a wicket each for the losing side.

Shahab Alam broke the opposition's middle order and returned the figures of 4-29 in his nine overs. He sent back Kanchan Karki (nine), Samsad, Bishal (four), and Hasim Ansari in his match-winning spell. Sushan Bhari also did well to return the figures of 3-20 in his 6.4 overs. Jitendra Mukhiya kept it very tight and returned the economical figures of 2-11 in his seven overs that included three maidens while Kushal Malla (1-15) had a scalp to his name.

Hari -- who picked maximum wicket -- returned and scored maximum 28-ball 21 runs for Province 2 including four boundaries. Another opening batsman, Sudhir Chaudhary hung there for 50 balls and scored 15 runs with a four. Samsad (16), and Suraj Patel (11) were two other batsmen to score in double-digit for Province 2.


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