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Gyanendra century not enough for Province 3 against APF

May 25, 2019 | CN Staff |

Gyanendra Malla scored a century for Province 3 but the triple figures was not enough for his side to avert a 41-run loss against Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) on Saturday at TU cricket ground.

Electing to bat first, Sumit Maharjan's 94 took APF to 288-9 in 50 overs. Province 3 looked like heading towards a big defeat before Gyanendra kept faint hopes smashing a century but by then they were almost out of contest and ultimately reached 247-9 in 50 overs.

Sumit and Pradeep Airee added 75 runs off 104 balls for the fourth wicket before the former shared a match-winning 98-run stand from 92 balls with Prithu Baskota for the fifth wicket. Sumit scored 94 runs from 103 balls including five fours and six sixes. 

Skipper Prithu scored 58-ball 59 that included three fours and a six. Pradeep took 63 balls for his 40 runs with one six and four boundaries. Amar Singh Routela provided a late lift with an 18-ball 27 hitting two boundaries and as many sixes.

Nandan Yadav and Jitendra Thakuri picked up maximum three wickets each for Province 3. Nandan returned the figures of 3-40 in his 10 overs while Jitendra returned 3-38 in his five overs. Skipper Paras Khadka and Surya Tamang picked a scalp apiece. 

Rit Gautam and Jitendra provided decent start for Province 3 with a 40-run opening stand. Rit scored 27 runs from 52 balls with four boundaries while Jitendra scored 12 off 23 balls. Paras and Gyanendra added 57 runs for the fourth wicket before the captain was caught off Bhuwan Karki in the 29th over.

Paras made a 45-ball 46 with two sixes and four boundaries. Gyanendra added 98 runs off 71 balls with Sonu Devkota (15) for the eighth wicket. Gyanendra batted exceptionally well and alone tried to take his team over the rope with 111-ball 117 that included eight fours and five sixes. 

Kamal Singh Airee returned the figures of 3-64 in his 10 overs while Abinash Bohora picked two wickets, giving away 66 runs in as many overs. Bhuwan (1-24) and Prithu (1-37) picked a wicket each.


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