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Sudan stunning effort in vain, Police win

May 26, 2019 | CN Staff |
Sudan Pokhrel fifer went in vain as Nepal Police Club (NPC) thrashed Karnali Province by 94 runs and commenced the Prime Minister Cup 2019 with a win on Sunday at Mulpani Cricket Ground.

With some well reputated batsmen like of Dipendra Airee, Aarif Sheikh, Anil Kumar Sah, and Dilip Nath on the side, everyone were expecting big total after NPC elected to bat first on Mulpani's small-size boundaries, and mat used pitch. But Sudan Pokhrel thrilled everyone with 5-16 and NPC were bundled out on 185 runs in 41 overs. Aarif and Lalit Rajbanshi picked seven wickets combinely on their way to restrict Karnali on 91allout in 27 overs.

The Police's top order fell too early but half-centuries from Dilip Nath and Kushal Bhurtel helped them cruise to decent total which ultimately proved to be too much for Karnali. Player-of-the-match Dilip scored 72 runs from 84 balls with five fours and a six. He was well supported by Kushal, who added 62 runs off 77 balls hitting six fours and a six. Dilip-Kushal rescued NPC's innings from 22-5 with 139 run-stand for the sixth wicket.

Sudan surprisely dominated the first half of the innings, taking five wickets in his opening spell. He picked five wickets in his seven overs, giving away just 16 runs including two maidens. 18-year-old medium-pacer took care Anil (zero) in his first ball followed by four more wickets inside his first five overs which includes Dipendra (nine), Amit Shrestha (five), Aarif (two) and Pawan Sarraf (three). Diwan Pun (2-43) also picked two wickets for Karnali.

Sushant Thapa and Rabindra Jung Shahi (six) gave Karnali a decent start, adding 27 runs for the first wicket -- which was the biggest partnership in their innings. Sushant top scored for them with 30-ball 29 that included five hits to the fence. 

Aarif returned the excellent figures of 4-20 in his 10 overs that includes six maiden overs. Lalit also bowled well with the figures of 3-7 in his three overs. Mahesh Khatri (17) and Dinesh Adhikari (16) were other two batters to have score in double-digit for the losing side.


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