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Bhari weighs heavier for Policemen

Left arm spinner
Sushan Bhari Shrestha tore apart Nepal Police Club (NPC) batting as Tribhuvan
Army Club reigned supreme in the battle of heavyweights to win Group ‘B’ in the
Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament
 on Sunday.

The expected high
voltage cash soon ran out of power after TAC bundled out NPC for just 109 runs
in 25.5 overs. TAC had an early wobble and their skipper Binod Bhandari
survived a dropped chance before the team reached 113-3 in 30.4 overs.


The Armymen finished
at the top of the table with six points from maximum three matches and now wait
for Group ‘A’ runners up in the semi-finals.


With little to do in
their chase, TAC lost opener Anil Mandal (one) in the third over before Sushil
Kandel removed Sagar Pun (11) in the sixth. The match scenario could have been
changed when Bhandari removed another opener Mahesh Chhetri (11) and two bowls
later TAC skipper Bhandari played straight at the mid-on.


However, Amit Shrestha
put a vert casual effort and dropped the golden opportunity for which NPC
heavily paid.


Bhandari made the most
out of the dropped chance and along with Naresh Budhayer shared a 76-run
unbroken stand handing TAC the victory.


Bhandari made 46 runs
from 50 balls with seven boundaries and a six. Naresh was unbeaten on 41 from
74 balls hitting three fours and a six. Lalit returned the figures of 2-40 from
seven overs.


Earlier, Sompal Kami
justified Bhandari’s decision to bowl first taking advantage of morning
conditions removing openers Sunil Dhamala and Amit for ducks in the first over.


Dilip Nath and
Dipendra Airee tried to consolidate the innings with a 48-run partnership for
the third wicket before the slide resumed for NPC. Sagar accounted for the
wickets of Dipendra and dangerous Aarif Sheikh (four). After that it was an
all-Bhari show for TAC.


One of the six
dismissals for Bhari was that of Dilip who lost his patience and try to reverse
sweep the spinner handing a simple catch to Bhandari at short leg. Dilip
topscored with a 71-ball 50 hitting five boundaries.


Bhari returned the
figures of 6-16 from 7.5 overs. Dipendra made 22 from from 27 with four hits to
the fence. NPC innings read four duck outs, Bhari had removed Kushal Bhurtel
and Yogendra Singh Karki before they opened their account.

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