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Machhapuchhre defend low total to reach summit

Hosts Machhapuchhre Lions toppled Downtown Pokhara Lions from the top of the Machhapuchhre Cricket League Twenty20 table on Saturday.

In a low-scoring game, Machhapuchhre were restricted to 84-7 in 20 overs but their bowlers fought back bundling out Parbat Titans for just 40 runs in 15.3 overs for a huge 44-run victory.

Machhapuchhre are tied on six points with Lions and Informatics College Cheetahs but they lead the table on net run rate. Lions, in their fourth match, lost to VM Warriors Baglung by five wickets in a day of low scoring totals.

All of the Titans bowlers were amongs the wicket as Machhapuchhre innings was shut down for a paltry total. But four wickets from Sashi Dubey saw Titans crash to a big defeat. Skipper Dipesh Khatri and Abhishek Thakuri also picked up two wickets each for the hosts. Suraj Shrestha (10 not out) was the only Titans batsman to reach double figures.

Man-of-the-match Dipesh had rescued Machhapuchhre hitting two sixes in his 26-ball 25 and Raju Khanal was their next best scorer with 23 from 40 with a boundary. Agendra Chhantyal took two wickets for Titans.

In the second match, Lions continued to lose their wickets from the beginning with their innings folding for 82 in 18.1 overs. Biru Gurung put an extra ordinary bowling effort in defense of a low total picking up 4-12 from four overs but couldn’t stop Warriors from reaching 85-5 in 18.3 overs.

Warriors were precariously placed at 31-5 in 9.5 overs but Bijay BK stopped the rot forging an unbroken 54-wicket partnership for the sixth wicket with Anup Shrestha (13 not out). BK struck three fours and two sixes in his 29-ball 34 not out.

Earlier, Krishna Sen was the only Lions batsman to offers some resistance making 33 from 43 deliveries with four hits to the fence. Lal Bahadur Gurung made a 12-ball 16 with two sixes. Sandesh Chhantyal, man-of-the-match BK and Tejendra G Magar took two wickets each for Warriors.

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