Kathmandu cruised to their third consecutive victory and Nuwakot filed their maiden win in the Senior Region Twenty20 Selection Tournament for Region No 3 (Kathmandu) today.
At the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds, Kathmandu made 125-9 before restricting Lalitpur to 94-8 in 20 overs. Nasim Akhtar (17), Prabin Shakya (13) and Sujan Maharjan (11) were the only Lalitpur batsmen managing runs in double digits.
For Kathmandu, Niraj Basnet took two wickets with Som Pal Thapa, Manish Gupta, Nabin Pradhan and Niraj Bhattarai also picking up one wicket each. Earlier, Kathmandu were heading towards a below-par target before Manish rescued them with a quickfire 37 off 22 balls.
Man-of-the-match Manish hit two sixes and two fours. Prakash Bista made 30 off 23 with three boundaries and a six, while Suman Uday made 20 off 17 that included two hits to the fence. Dipankar Yonjan was the pick of the Lalitpur bowlers returning with 3-29 from four overs, while Kamal Sapkota had two scalps. Nasim Akhtar, Ujjwal Thapa and Prabin Shakya also took one wicket each.
Nuwakot, meanwhile, rode on a fine half century from Manzi Manzushree to beat Tribhuvan University (TU) by five wickets. TU made 127-4 and Manzil answered with a brilliant 58 off 48 deliveries helping Nuwakot reach 128-5 with seven balls to spare.
Manzil’s innings included four fours and a six. Shailendra Kushwaha also chipped invaluable 30 off 25 hitting five boundaries. Arif Ahman contributed 14 off 22. Sudip Sharma took two wickets for TU. Chandra Khadka, Amir Akhtar and Prem Upreti also took one wicket each.
Earlier, Amir made a run-a-ball 47 with five fours and a six to help TU cross triple figures. Prem Upreti was their next best contributor with a run-a-ball 35 that included four boundaries. Biplav Mani Pokhrel also made 11 from 17 balls. Abhiral Yadav took two wickets for Nuwakot and Dipendra Pyakurel had one.