Kathmandu University (KU) and Nepal Engineering College (NEC) ‘A’ reached the semi-finals of the first KU Inter University Twenty20 cricket tournament on Tuesday.
KU defeated Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM) by 19 runs and NEC overcame Janaki Multiple College (JMC) by five wickets in two contrasting quarter-finals.
In a high-scoring match, KU posted a tournament-high 196-6 from 20 overs and KUSOM on other gave a good reply before getting folded for 177-6. Raj Timalsina laid a solid foundation for KU smashing 46 off just 19 deliveries with five fours and three sixes.
Shikhar Sharma and Krishna Bista added 37 each to the total. Shikhar stroked five fours and two sixes in 19 balls. Krisha’s 31-ball innings included three boundaries and two maxium. Utkarsha Karmacharya and Bishesh Sangat took two wickets apiece for KUSOM.
Utkarsha Upreti replied led KUSOM’s reply with a ferocious 49 studded with three boundaries and two sixes and Ankush Upreti raised some hopes making 36-ball 40 but their other batsmen let down. Nabin Neupane and Krishna had two scalps apiece for KU.
With two wickets and 37 runs, Krishna was declared the man-of-the-match. While the first match produced a lot of runs, the second had some twist and turns until one innings from Nishant Gadhtoda settled the matter for NEC ‘A’ at the end of the day.
Helped by some good bowling from Jitendra Nayak, NEC ‘A’ bundled out JMC for just 62 in 10.5 overs. JMC did sent back five NEC ‘A’ batsmen back to their den, Nishant’s 41 off 26 was enouh for the latter to reach 63 in 10.5 overs.
Nishant hit five boundaries and a six. Amrit Sapkota took two wickets for JMC with Amit Shah and Bishow Ranpal grabbing one each. Bishow had earlier led a lonely battle for JMC making 18 from 26 balls.