Sumit Shrestha bowled brilliantly to hand Kantipur Engineering College (KEC) a place in the quarter-finals of the first KU Inter University Twenty20 Cricket Tournament with a 51-run thrashing of Kathmandu Forestry College (KFC) on Sunday.
In the only match held at the Kathmandu University grounds in Dhulikhel, KEC topped Group ‘G’ with four points from two matches ahead of KIST Medical College ‘B’ (two points) and winless KFC.
KEC piled a formidable score of 164-6 from 20 overs after they elected to bat first. Man-of-the-match Sumit then returned with the figures of 4-14 in his four over spell to send KFC packing for 113 in 17.2 overs.
Sagar Bhat also impressed with his bowling for KEC having three victims. Samraj Thapa and Rabindra Chand were the only KFC batsman to put some fight against a disciplined KEC bowling attack. Samraj made 37 off 28 with seven hits to the fence, while Rabindra made a 27-ball 31 with three boundaries and one maximum.
Earlier, KEC were indebted to their top order for putting a solid total on the board. Sagun Karki made 33 off 18 with five fours and Nirmal Pandit was patient while making 30 off 32 deliveries that included three boundaries and a six.
Sumit also performed with the bat as he hit five boundaries on his way to make 26 runs from 31 balls that ultimately shaped KEC victory. Prasiddha Khadka took three wickets for KFC and Gokul Sunwar picked up two.