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Robin punishes KEC to set KU clash

Robin Joshi smashed 84 off just 34 as Triton International College set the first KU Inter University Twenty20 cricket tournament title clash with hosts Kathmandu University (KU) on Saturday.


In the semi-final matches held at the KU grounds in Dhulikhel, Triton ran riot over Kantipur Engineering College (KEC) with a huge 83-run victory, while KU needed a slim 25-run victory over Nepal Engineering College (NEC) ‘A’ by 25 runs.


The day belonged to Robin whose whirlwind 84 that included nine boundaries and five sixes took Triton to a mammoth 194-3 in a match reduced to 16 overs.  KEC, in reply, were restricted to 111-7.


Indra Kamal Manandhar took three wickets for Triton and Sabin Shrestha got two victims. Keshav Pant also had one scalp. Nirmal Pandit made 20 off 19, while Sishir Chandra Lohani (19) and Renish Shrestha (11) were the only remaining KEC batsmen to reach double figures.


After the punishment from man-of-the-match Robin, Suman Uday compounded more misery to KEC making 67 off just 41 deliveries that included 11 hits the fence and one six. Prabin Joshi was unbeaten on 22 from 17. Sagar Bhatta and Saurav Ghimire took one wicket each for KEC.


Earlier in a low scoring first semi-final, a half century from Krishna Bista guided KU to 116-5 in 16 overs. Man-of-the-match Krishna (2-15 )and Raunak Jung Pandey (2-11) shared four wicket between them giving just 26 runs from their collective six overs that saw NEC squeezed to 91-7.


Krishna made 52 off 44 with six hits to the rope and two over the rope and Ankit Bikram Poudel chipped in with an important 24 off 20 hitting four boundaries and a maximum. Nishant Godhtoda fought a lonely battle for NEC making 32 off 23 with five fours.

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