Region No 3 (Kathmandu) staged a remarkable comeback with bat to bounce back from their opening day loss to Region No 4 (Bhairahawa) in the Pepsi Standard Chartered One Day National Cricket Tournament on Friday.
At the TU Stadium, Kathmandu defeated Region No 7 (Janakpur) by 93 runs on the back of a solid eight wicket century stand between Prashanna Shakya and Sonu Tamang. Kathmandu recovered from 134-7 to pile up tournament-high 296 all out in 49.1 overs. Janakpur, in reply, were bundled out for 203 in 45.4.
Pramod Basnet picked up four wickets in shaping team’s victory after Prashanna and Sonu impressed. Chandan Jha and Hari Shankar Sah added 59 runs for the second wicket as Janakpur were still in the hunt.
Pramod triggered a brief collapse dismissing Chandan for 42 off 44 balls. He clobbered six boundaries. Hari Shankar added another 45 runs for the fifth wicket with Sunil Sah to bring Janakpur back in the match.
However, after Bijay Gautam removed Hari Shankar, Janakpur never recovered. Hari Shankar made 64 off 90 with six fours. Sunil chipped in 44 from 61 with four boundaries before losing his wicket to Pramod.
Earlier, No 3 Sanjay Basnet made 51 off 87 with four boundaries but Kathmandu were unable to heave a sigh of relief after regular dismissals of their top and middle order. Prashanna and Sonu then added a match-winning 111 runs for the eighth wicket that put them in a strong position.
Man-of-the-match Sonu smashed 68 from 43 balls with five boundaries and four sixes, while Prashanna chipped in 50 off 38 with four fours and two sixes. Sanjog Karn picked up four wickets for Janakpur, while Rahul Pratap Singh took three and Raj Mohammad had two scalps.