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PM Cup: Province 1 ease into semi-finals, Bagmati set virtual quarter-final with Sudur Paschim

Province 1 registered their second consecutive victory to enter the semi-finals of the Prime Minister Cup Women’s National Twenty20 cricket tournament in Dang on Wednesday.

While Province 1 toiled hard to beat Sudur Paschim by five wickets in a low-scoring match, Bagmati hammered Gandaki by 65 runs to stay in hunt for the semi-finals. The second consecutive victory means Province 1 currently top Group B table with four points.

Thursday’s match between Sudur Paschim and Bagmati will decide the remaining team to reach the last four.

In a match reduced to 16-over-a-side due to poor visibility in the morning, Province 1 restricted Sudur Pachim to 53-8. Sudur Pachim, however, fought back hard reducing them to 44-5 before they reached the target with five balls to spare. Skipper Rubina Chhetri once again top scored for them with a run-a-ball 12.

Apsari Begum struggled to make a 28-ball 9. Deepa Jora took 2-18 from three overs. Earlier, Sangita Rai took 3-10 from four overs and Sabnam Rai took 2-14 to restrict Sudur Paschim to a below-par total. Kabita Joshi made 14 not out off 17 with a boundary.

Bagmati got 39 extra runs as their biggest contributor and there was collective effort from the top and middle order while reaching a mammoth 153-4 in 20 overs. Gandaki did bat with grit but could only muster 88-5. They were 16-2 before Shila Chhetri and Sristi Poudel were involved in a 60-run partnership.

Sristi made 44-ball 30 with two boundaries and Shila made a 50-ball 26 with one boundary.

Bagmati got off to a big start after Kanchan Shrestha and Binda Katwal added 76 runs for the first wicket. Binda made 38 from 58 with three boundaries and Kanchan scored 27 off 29.

Suman Khatiwada scored freely and scored a 26-ball 31 hitting four boundaries. Alisha Lamichhane took 2-26 from four overs for Gandaki who are now out of the tournament.

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