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Five-in-five for Warriors as Kings XI all but out

Biratnagar Warriors have finished the league stages of the Everest Premier League (EPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament unbeaten defeating Kathmandu Kings XI by eight runs in their fifth match at the TU Stadium on Monday
Warriors, who were already in the playoffs, made 147-7 in 20 overs after skipper Farveez Maharoof conrolled the game with the ball. It was once again Hong Kong recurits Babar Hayat and Anshuman Rath who did the bulk of scoring for Warriors. Kings XI were restricted to 139-9 in 20 overs. 
The defeat saw Kings XI all but knocked out of the tournament with just one win from the tournament. They are now only left with mathematical calculation to stay in the hunt for playoffs. 
Kings XI lost openers Amit Shrestha (six) and Sagar Pun (13) early in their chase before Maharoof kept his side in the game with a 60-run partnership for the third wicket with Naresh Budhayer who made 30 off 32 with four boundaries. 
Kings XI were all but out of the contest after Maharoof was out in the 15th over making 42 off 37 with four boundaries. Rath took the prized scalp of Maharoof. Siddhant Lohani raised some hopes for Kings XI when he hit two sixes, leaving his side with 10 runs to win from the last three balls. 
But Anil Sah took a well judged catch at boundary rope to end Kings XI hopes. Siddhant made 15 off nine. Sagar Kumar (12) was their next best batsman. Man-of-the-match Rath took 3-19 from four overs, while Basanta Regmi and Ramnaresh Giri took two wickets each.  
Earlier, Aasif Sheikh poor form with the bat continued after he was dismissed for a duck caught behind by wicketkeeper Naresh Budhayer off Jitendra Mukhiya. Rath and Hayat then once again anchored the innings with a 72-run partnership for the second wicket. 
Hayat brought his second half century of the tournament making 67 off 50 with five boundaries and four sixes. Rath scored 32 off 26 with four boundaries and one hit over the fence. 
Warriors looked like heading towards another big total but skipper Maharoof tightened the screws in the middle overs to restrict the opponents below 150. Warriors captain Paras Khadka hit two sixes in his 25-ball 26.
Anil Sah (nine) and Karan KC (five) were other batsmen to open their account. Sompal and Amar Singh Routela picked up two wickets each. Maharoof was economical in his four over spell conceding just 16 runs and picking up a wicket, while Jitendra took 1-29. 
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