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Mahabir, KKM enter Twenty20 selection semis

Mahabir Club and Kathmandu Khel Mandal (KKM) entered the semi-finals of the Kathmandu District Senior Twenty20 Selection Tournament at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Wednesday. 

In the first semi-final match, Mahabir crushed Youth Cricket Club (YCC) by 88 runs, while KKM defeated Nepali Cricket Fans Club (NCFC) by five wickets. Bibhatsu Thapa made a quick fire half century as Mahabir amassed tournament-high 190-4 in 20 overs. YCC, in  reply, were 102 all out in 16.4 overs.

The day belonged to Mahabir batsmen who punished YCC bowlers piling a huge total. Bibhatsu did most of the damage hammering 56 form just 27 balls that included five boundaries and four sixes. Sandeep Shrestha made 39 off 40 with three fours and two sixes, while Prafulla Vaidya played a 24-ball cameo of 36 with two sixes and as many boundaries. 

Roshan Karki, Sambok Shrestha and Basant Pant took one wicket each for the losing side. Sachit Man Shrestha batted with some courage against Mahabir making 34 off 32 that include two hits over the fence and one to the fence. Roshan (17) and Prason Thapa (15) were other YCC batsmen to make runs in double figures.

Nabin Pradhan picked up three wickets, while Monir Shrestha and Rahul Bansal had two scalps apiece for the winning side. Rohit Sharma also had one victim. 

In the second match, Niraj Bhattarai picked up three wickets and was ably supported by Manish Gupta (2-0 from three balls), Niraj Basnet (2-4) and Sujan Budhathoki (2-16) to squeeze out NCFC for just 57 runs in 14.3 overs. NCFC did manage to take five KKM wickets but couldn’t stop them from reaching 59-5 in 10.5 overs. 

Niraj Basnet made a 20-ball 21 for KKM hitting three boundaries. Arpan Kafle and Bikash Chaudhary took two wickets each for NCFC, for whom Madhav Yadav (22) and Pradeep Tondon (10) offered some resistance in their innings.

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