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Rhinos blank Warriors to seal final spot

Dec 24, 2019 | CN Staff |

Chitwan Rhinos brought Karan KC to open, fielded Sonu Tamang and played Ramnaresh Giri and still played like a champion to hammer Kathmandu Golden Warriors by 60 runs for a place in the final of the Pokhara Premier League.

The Rhinos took a big stride towards title sweeping aside every other opponent that came their way and on Tuesday it was Gyanendra Malla's Kathmandu Golden Warriors who were perfectly crushed. Initially looking to have taken the match lightly by Karan KC's promotion at the top and losing his wicket in the second over, it was Rohan Mustafa and Babar Hayat who anchored the ship with a 119-run match winning partnership.

While Mustafa made sure he stays at the pitch, Hayat played the role of an aggressor smashing a 47-ball 70. He slammed six mammoth sixes and three crispy boundaries. Babar was unbeaten on 59 off 52 with six fours and a six.

Warriors' innings was unstable after they lost Amit Shrestha and Jaykishan Kolsawala for duck in the first two overs. Sunny Patel struck with the dismissal of Gaurav Tomar as Warriors looked like they were caving in.

Gyanendra Malla kept his side in the game with a 44-run partnership with Pawan Sarraf and that was all they could do in the day. Gyanendra continued to remain sublime only to head back after making a 39-ball 40. He now totals with 201 runs in the tournament.

Warriors are now in danger of elimination on net run rate provided Biratnagar Titans beat Butwal Blasters in tournament's last league game. Blasters have already made it to the playoffs with six points to their name. Warriors have four with a net run rate of 0.39 and Biratnagar who have two points have a run rate of -0.175.


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