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Tez canter to second win in a row

Panchakanya Tez won their second consecutive match of the Ncell Nepal Premier League (NPL) with a huge 133-run victory over Paras Khadka-led Vishal Warriors on Saturday.

At the Kanchanpur grounds, Kantipur Gurkhas lost to Sagarmatha Legends by five wickets. Tez and Legends have four points each with the latter leading the table on net run run rate. Gurkhas and Jagdamba Giants have two points each from two games.

Warriors were down and out at the Fapla grounds where they were bundled out for just 75 runs in 22 overs after Tez made a respectable 208 all out from 50 overs. Man-of-the-match Dipendra Airee ripped through the Warriors batting picking up four wickets.

Binod Das ably supported Dipendra picking up 3-17 and Raj Kumar Pradhan also took two wickets. Manjeet Shrestha (12) was the only Warriors batsman to return with double figures. Paras made nine before he was undone by Dipendra.

Earlier, Tez were reduced to 4-56 in 25 overs but Puspa Thapa and skipper Sharad Vesawkar (20) rescued them with a 47-run stand. Pushpa made 35 off 62 with five fours and a six. With Puspa dismissed, Tez lost next four wickets for just 56 runs at 159-8.

Bhuwan Karki and Karan KC (20 not out) pushed the team towards a respectable total with a 31-run stand. Karki made 29 off 54 with four hits to the fence. Ramnaresh Giri, Deepesh Khatri and Sushan Bhari Shrestha picked up two wickets each for the Warriors.

In a 40 over match, Gurkhas needed a half-century from Surendra Chand to make 179 all out in 38.5 overs. Legends reached 183-5 in 33.4 overs with all-rounder Mehboob Alam sailing the team home. Mehboob made 31 off 42 hitting five boundaries.

Skipper Binod Bhandari made 35 off 34 hitting five fours and a six for Legends. Sunil Dhamala (28) and Paresh Lohani (27) also chipped in some invaluable runs from the top order. Aakash Bista took 3-42 for Gurkhas, while Santosh Baral and skipper Basanta Regmi snapped one each.

Earlier, Surendra lifted Gurkhas making 57 off 80 with five hits to the fence. Aakash Gupta made some quick runs hitting four boundaries and two sixes in his 20-ball 32. Chandra Sawad was the pick of the Legends bowlers with 3-44 and man-of-the-match Mehboob took 2-21 form seven overs.

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