Jitendra Mukhiya made the most out of wet conditions at the TU grounds to shine with a six-for as Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) entered the semi-finals of the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament on Saturday.
Needing a victory to secure a place in the last four before facing fellow departmental giants Nepal Police Club (NPC) in their last Group ‘B’ game , the Armymen hammered Far-western Region by eight wickets on the back of a solid bowling display from Mukhiya.
Jitendra ripped through Far West’s top and middle order bundling out the opponents for a tournament-low 50 in just 22 overs. In a hurry to finish the game, TAC replied with 51-2 from 6.3 overs after skipper Binod Bhandari smashed a 15-ball 21 not out with four boundaries. Openers Sagar Pun, who hit a six, and his partner Anil Mandal made 10 runs each from nine balls.
Sagar Bhandari and Binod Lama picked up a wicket each for Farwest whose slim chances of staying alive in the tournament died down after the loss. TAC and NPC have four points each from two matches with the latter leading the table on net run rate.
Another team in the pool, Eastern Region had crashed out from the tournament after their match against Far Westwas washed out due to rain.
Needing to secure a victory, Far West committed a mistake by electing to bat first under overcast conditions and the decision completely backfired after Jitendra’s swinging pace left them undone.
Jitendra accounted for six of the eight wickets Far West lost, while Sagar also picked up three wickets for TAC. Far West batsmen were left clueless as they kept wickets in regular intervals. Basant Khatri top scored for them with a 27-ball 20 with a six and a four.