Sainik Sharks of Sainik Awasiya Mahavidhyalaya underlined their title credentials crushing DAV Kiwis of DAV School by 69 runs to firmly top Pool 1 in the Wai Wai School Cricket Series on Friday.
Since both teams had already secured semi-final berths with back-to-back victories, the match served as the group decider. Sharks prevailed perfectly after their opener Bishnu Kumal led the way with the bat and Saroj Dallakoti did the rest with the ball.
In the match reduced to 15-over-a-side, Sharks made 115-3 and Kiwis got folded for 45-9 in 9.5 overs. Janardan Sharma was absent hurt. Saroj returned the figures of 4-11 from 2.5 overs with Mandip Bhandari also getting two victims.
None of the Kiwis bowlers managed to reach double figures. Earlier, Bishnu went on to slam his second half century of the tournament and carried the bat involving in all three partnerships for Sharks. He shared 45 runs for the first wicket with Sajal Bhandari (20), 33 for the second with Dinesh Dhanuk (17) and 36 with Manoj Pandit (10). Kumal made 60 not out from 46 balls with four boundaries.
Galaxy Jaguars of Galaxy Public School piled more agony on KINS Rhinos of Kathmandu International School defeating the winless side by 77 runs. Jaguars made 136-3 in 15 overs before restricting Rhinos to 61 all out in 12.4 overs.
Mohammad Naushad was the leading performer for Jaguars picking up 5-6 from three overs. Rajendra Pal and Rahul Jaiswal also took two wickets each. Rabi Kapari (18) was the only Rhinos bowlers to make runs in double figures.
Opener Samrat Karki had given Jaguars a dream start sharing a 66-run opening wicket stand with Gaurav Rayamajhi (21) and 33 runs for the second wicket with Naushad. Karki made 46 off 39 with five boundaries, while Naushad was unbeaten on 29 off 20 with three boundaries.