Hasim Ansari made a point for his selection for the national team as the former U-19 cricketer slammed a century in Central Region’s six-wicket loss to Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) in the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament on Saturday.
Central signed off from the tournament with yet another defeat, a loss that made APF the Group ‘A’ winners following their third consecutive victory. But the major highlight was Hashim’s 124-ball 101 that rescued Central from 104-8 guiding to 187 all out in 48.3 overs. APF reached 188-4 in just 34 overs riding on the back of a strong batting line up.
Sandeep Sunar and Aasif Sheikh (22) gave a desired start adding 38 runs for the first wicket and the former stitched another 53 runs for the second wicket with Anil Sah. Sandeep made 41 from 47 with six hits to the fence before being cleaned up by leg spinner Sashi Kesari.
Prithu Baskota (two) and Pradeep Airee (one) fell early but Anil and skipper Gyanendra Malla made the game safe by an unbeaten 73-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Anil made 78 off 85 balls with 11 fours and two sixes, while Gyanendra chipped in 28 from 30 balls with three fours and a six.
Sashi took 3-42 from 10 overs for Central.
Earlier, Sonu Tamang was the leading scorer among the first five Central wicket making 27 from 20 balls with two fours and two sixes. However, Central were still heading towards a low total before Hashim added 83 runs for the ninth wicket with Rashid Khan to save his team.
Hashim’s patient innings included 12 boundaries and a six, while Khan remained calm in his 31-ball 11. Gyanendra was the pick of the APF bowlers taking 4-40 from 10 overs, while Avinash Bohora and Bhuwan Karki took two wickets each.