NIC-Asia Bank stunned last year’s runners-up Century Bank by one run to enter the quarter-finals of the 15th Soaltee Crowne Plaza Super Sixes on Sunday.
Nabil Bank, Pappu Construction and Kantipur Media Group also won their respective matches to make it to the last eight at the Tribhuvan University Stadium. NIC-Asia Bank made 72-3 after a 12-ball 33 from Sujan Rai. Sujan hit four sixes and a four. Abhay Rana led a perfect reply making 33 not out off 13 that included three sixes and two fours but Century could only managed 71-4.
Sharad Pokhrel of Global IME returned to smash 49 not out after being retired out in two overs but still Nabil beat them by four wickets with a power packed batting from Amit Pokhrel. Sharad hammered seven boundaries and three sixes in 17 balls as Global made 74-5. Nabil reached 76-2 in 3.5 overs after Amit smashed 36 not out off nine with four fours and three sixes.
Pappu edged Nepal Bank by 14 runs. Pappu made 70-3 with 12-ball 31 from Ram Naresh Yadav and Nepal Bank did their best with 56-5. Kantipur beat ICFC Finance by 22 runs. Bigyan Pandey made 32 off 14 as Kantipur made 74-1. ICFC finished at 52-1 in reply.
Meanwhile, defending champions NMB Bank crushed Standard Chartered Bank by six wickets to win Group ‘C’. Riding on disciplined bowling from top three bowlers, NMB restricted Standard Chartered to 56-4. Rabindra Chand then punished the opponent bowlers with 36 not out off 11 as NMB reached 58-0.
Citizen Bank overcame Soaltee Crowne Plaza by five wickets to finish Group ‘H’ winners and Embassy of India defeated Civil Bank by five wickets to win Group ‘G’. Soaltee made 51-4 before Citizen Bank answered with 54-1 after Bishal Bhattarai clobbered 31 off 14. Machhpuchhre joined Citizen as group runners-up in last 16 although they lost their last league stage match to Eastern Motors by five wickets.
Machhapuchhre made 66-1 with Sunit Shrestha’s 33 off 15 but Bishwash Khadka smashed 32 not out off 10 taking Eastern Motors to 67-1 in 3.3 overs. Embassy of India folded Civil Bank for 54-2 before reaching 56-1 in 3.1 overs.