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TAC, Lumbini in Blind National final

Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) and Lumbini set the title clash of the fifth National Blind Cricket Tournament at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Monday.


The Armymen blanked Banke by nine wickets in the semi-final after Lumbini sweated little in their 75-run comfortable win over Bagmati in the first last four match of the day.


Khimananda Gaire scored tournament’s first half century as Lumbini posted a mammoth 245-3.


Bagmati replied with 170-4 where Santosh Sapkota made 42 and Jaysagar Giri scored 34.


Shankar Regmi took two wickets for Lumbini with man-of-the-match Khimananda Gaire and Jeevan Pandey also snapping one victim apiece.


Earlier, Khimananda scored 120 that saw Lumbini post a tournament-high total. Ram Paudel also chipped in 60 runs for Lumbini.


Ananda Pandey, Rajiv Chhetri and Kritan Shrestha took one wicket each for Bagmati.


Later, Durga Paudel made a half century as Banke made 129-6 after they were put in to bat first.


TAC reached the target in 12.1 overs losing just one wicket.


Man-of-the-match Santa Pahari struck an unbeaten 50 for TAC, while Bharat Thapa made 20 before losing his wicket to Sasant Regmi.


Bikram Bahadur Rana remained unbeaten on 28.


Earlier, Durga top scored in the match with 57 runs and Rijwan Ansari was the next best scorer for Banke with 24 runs.


Sunil Rana and Surendra Tamang took two wickets each for TAC, while Pawan Ghimire and Ramesh Baniya had one scalp apiece.


The final will be played on Tuesday.

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