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Patriots begin with easy victory over Kings XI in EPL opener

Lalitpur Patriots got off to a triumphant start in the Everest Premier League beating Farveez Maharoof-led Kathmandu Kings XI at the TU Stadium on Monday. 

Indian fast bowler Subodh Bhati took four wickets and Nepali spinner Lalit Narayan Rabanshi had three scalps to justify skipper Gyayendra Malla’s decision to bat first. Despite having a long batting line up with hard Siddhant Lohani coming in at No 9, Kings XI were all out for just 89 runs in 18.2 overs.

Patriots reached 90-3 in just 16.3 overs with their Indian opener Jaykishan Kolsawala carrying the bat till the end. 

Patriots had a terrible start after they lost opener Pawan Sarraf for a duck in the second ball of the innings. Gyanendra then shared 54 runs for the second wicket to ease Patriots chase. Gyanendra made 20 off 30 deliveries with two hits to the fence. Fernando struck again with the dismissal of Yogesh Nagar (two) as their scores read 64-3 in 11.4 overs.

However, together with Rajbir Singh, Kolsawala led Patriots across the finishing line with a 26-run unbeaten partnership. Kolsawala made 44 not out from 48 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. Rajbir made a run-a-ball 14 with two boundaries.

Fernando returned the figures of 2-19 from four overs.

Earlier, Kings XI kept losing wickets once they lost opener Sagar Pun (four) to Patriots’ Indian recruit Subodh Bhati after he got a thick edge behind wicketkeeper Jaikishan Kolsawala. 

Mehboob Alam then struck with dismissal of Naresh Budhayer (duck). After Kings XI skipper Farveez Maharoof hit Bhati for six down the ground, Alam removed the Sri Lankan in the next over through Pawan Sarraf. 

Rajbanshi removed Raju Rijal (duck) early and followed it with the dismissal Indian batsman Sagar Kumar (seven). Sri Lanka Akshu Fernando tried to stem the wicket flow adding 17 runs for the sixth wicket with opener Amit Shrestha. 

Amit made 27 off 28 with four hits to the fence and Lalit Narayan marked a remarkable day removing the opener with an excellent return catch. Fernando and Sompal Kami added 20 runs for the seventh wicket taking Kings XI close to triple figures. 

However, Bhati got rid of Fernando in the 17th and Sompal in the 19th overs as Kings XI trouble dug deeper. Hard hitter Siddhant Lohani (five) was out cheaply losing his wicket to Yogesh Nagar — a former cricketers with Delhi Daredevils.

Bhati finished with the figures of 4-15 from 3.3 overs and Lalit took 3-14 from 3.3 overs. Fernando (15) and Sompal (14) were the next two Kings XI player to cross double digits.

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