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Sandeep redeems himself with decent bowling figures

Aug 05, 2019 | CN Staff |

Just a day after being clobbered for 44 runs in four overs, Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane has redeemed himself with decent bowling figures for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada on Sunday.

Sandeep had a nightmare start when he was struck for 24 runs in a single over by Scottish opener George Munsey before taking a wicket in a high-scoring match against Brampton Wolves which Nationals went on to lose by 11 runs.

But the Nepali leggie returned for a winning cause as his bowling was pivotal in restricting Montreal Tigers for just 136-9 after they elected to field first. Chirag Suri did the rest with a 37-ball 52 taking Nationals to 137-6 in 17.3 overs for a four-wicket win.

Nationals skipper Yuvraj Singh introduced Sandeep in the sixth over in which he conceded four singles and a boundary from another Scottish player Kyle Coetzer. Sandeep was struck for a boundary in the first ball of his second over but fought back hard conceding just two runs in the last five.

He came back to bowl the 14th and gave away just five singles off it. He went on to dismiss Matthew Cross on the first ball of his last over. Dillon Heyliger smashed him for maximum and made nine of his last over.

It was Nationals' second victory in the tournament having lost three matches. They are at the third spot with four points behind Wolves (4 pts), Vancouver Knights (7 pts) and Tigers (5 pts).

On Wednesday, another Nepali cricketer Sompal Kami will have an anxious wait when his Winnipeg Hawks prepare for a crucial second round match against Knights. Hawks are fifth in the table with four points on net run rate and have to beat Knights for any realistic chance of making into the playoffs.

But for Sompal it would be a nervous wait after being hammered from 33 runs in just the two overs he got while making his global franchise debut against Edmonton Royals.


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