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Shahab’s four-for, Sompal’s whirlwind 80 sweeps Mayor XI

Shahab Alam starred with the ball and Sompal Kami struck with the bat as Tribhuvan Army Club defeated Mayor XI by five wickets for their first victory in the Mayor Cup on Monday.

Electing to field first at the TU Stadium, Army bundled out Mayor XI for just 155 in 42.1 overs. It was the same side that defeated Bagmati Province by 94 runs while scoring an imposing 244-9 on Sunday.

Sompal did the rest as the allrounder opening the innings for the second time in the tournament schooled Mayor XI with a fluent 51-ball 80. Army reached the target in just 23.5 overs although they lost five wickets on the way.

Sompal cleared his intent depositing Sompal straight down the ground for his first six and he continued to hit the star leg spinner at his will. He was particularly hard on Sandeep hitting him for four sixes.

Despite losing Lokesh Bam (one) to Bipin Khatri in the second over, Sompal was in the league of his own as Army were rarely kept under pressure. He shared 70 runs for the fourth wicket Kushal Malla and completed his half century off just 37 deliveries.

His innings overall included nine boundaries and six sixes. He finally fell to Sandeep Lamichhane after trying to hit the bowler for fifth six.  

Sandeep, who took two wickets, was hit for six sixes in a heartbreaking spell of 2-74 from nine overs for the bowler. After Sompal’s departure, Binod Bhandari finished off the game scoring a 27-abll 20 with four boundaries. Bipin Khatri also took two wickets for Mayor XI.

Earlier, Hari Shankar Sah (18) and Khadag Bohora (19) began with a decent 48-run stand for the first wicket before Shahab picked up four wickets reducing them to 65-4 by the 15th over.

Saurav Khanal and Sandeep Rajali tried to rebuild the innings adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket. However, once Saurav fell to Kushal Malla, Mayor XI went on to lose their last six wickets for just 24 runs.

Saurav once again top scored for his side with a 74-ball 42 hitting two sixes and two fours. Sandeep Rajali made 37 off 63 with three hits to the fence. Apart from Shahab, Jitendra Mukhiya also took three wickets for Army.

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