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Lions, Tigers win ACPL openers

A day after the opening day match between Nepal Storms and Dubai
Warriors was postponed
, on-field actions of the Asian Club Premier League
(ACPL) officially began with victories to Sri Lankan Lions and Bangladesh

Lions hammered Indian Stars by 53 runs and Tigers earned a
narrow three-run victory over Afghanistan Bulls, led by former Pakistani
international bowler Rana Naved ul Hasan.

Man-of-the-match Nishan Samarakkody starred with both the bat
and ball as Lions made 150-7 from 20 overs in the second match of the day
before bunlding out the opponents for just 101 runs in 15 overs.

Samarakkody struck a 44-ball 49 and together with Vishva
Gayashan and Dinesh Nakrani helped the team cross 150-run mark. He then
returned with the ball to pick up 3-15 and was supported by Karan Walia (3-7)
as Stars were dismissed for a below par total.

Goutal also took 2-21 for Lions. Amar Karanwal topscored for Stars with a
20-ball 19 with Kuldeep Singh (nine) and Gurmeet Singh (nine) were their next
best scorers. Gayashan made 33 off 29 and Nakrani chipped in 30 from 20 balls.
Kuldeep, Karanwal and Puneet Bhati picked up a wicket each for the Stars.

Earlier in a rain-affected first match that was reduced to 18
overs, Tigers made 101-8 but their bowlers did well to restrict Bulls to 98-7.
Quazi Zeeshan Ahmed top scored for Tigers with a 19-ball 27, while Sanjog
Binkar and Mohammed Karim made 12 runs each.

Rana Naved picked up 3-9 from four overs, while Pawan Yadav also
had the figures of 2-13 from three overs. 

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