Shahid Khan smashed a scintillating century as Fighters XI crushed Kathmandu Royals by 160 runs in the inaugural day of the Marwadi Cricket League on Saturday.
Fighters piled a mammoth 234-5 in 20 overs before restricting the Royals to 74-9. Pramod Singh picked up three wickets for Fighters, while Niraj Agrawal took 4-2 in two overs. Manoj Parakh (17) and Aatish Agrawal (14) were the only Royals batsmen to make runs in double figures.
Earlier, the day belonged to man-of-the-match Khan who clobbered 13 boundaries and four sixes hammering 102 off just 47 balls laying the foundation for a huge Fighters total. Agrawal also chipped in 36 off 34 with three fours and two sixes for Fighters. Parak took two wickets for Royals.
In another match, Kings XI eased past Shyam Bhakta Mandal by seven wickets. Shyam Bhakta made 153-9 in 20 overs with a half century from Abhay Poudel. Kings then reached 154-3 in just 15.2 overs after a power packed 86 not out off 37 deliveries from Aarif Ahmed.
Man-of-the-match Ahmed clobbered 14 boundaries and two sixes and was ably supported by Rohit Sharma who contributed 43 not out from 31 balls with three fours and a six. Ajeet Chopra took all three Kings Wickets to fall. Shyam Bhakta were indebted to a quick fire 49-ball 69 from Poudel.
Poudel’s innings included 11 boundaries, while Manoj Baisya added 23 off 28 with three fours. Umesh Kochar (4-27) and Rahul Bansal (3-24) shared seven wickets between them for the Kings.