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Titans set MCL T20 rematch with Lions in final

Parbat Titans denied organisers Machhapuchhre Lions a turnaround of fortunes as they entered the final with a five-wicket victory over the hosts in the Machhapuchhre Cricket League Twenty20 in the second Qualifier in Pokhara on Thursday.


On the back of a 69-run fourth wicket partnership between Mahesh Regmi and skipper Dipesh Khatri, Machhapuchhre made 118-6 from 20 overs. Titans reached 121-5 with man-of-the-match Sahil Karki holding the innings forging crucial partnerships.


The result meant Titans set a rematch with Down Town Pokhara Lions in the final match scheduled for Saturday. Lions had beaten Titans by two wickets in the first Qualifier.


Machhapuchhre innings was heading towards a collapse when they were reduced to 36-3 in 6.5 overs. But Mahesh and Dipesh stitched together a half century partnership that saw them put a respectable total in the board.


Dipesh was their leading scorer making 38-ball 40 with three fours and a six, while Mahesh contributed 38 off 46 with six hits to the fence. Opener Raju Khanal (10) was their next best scorer. Raju Tamang and Santwana Poudel picked up a wicket each for Titans.


Openers Agendra Chhantyal (10) and Paras Lamichhane had given Titans a positive start adding 37 runs for the first wicket in six overs. Abhishek Singh Thakuri removed both batsmen in a space of seven runs with Lamichhane making 24-ball 27 with three fours and a six.


Sahil stepped in and did most of the scoring beginning with 37-run third wicket partnership with Abhishek Thapa (seven). Sahil fell for 31 of 27 with six boundaries when Titans were just 24 runs away from victory.


Deepen Rayamajhi (10) scored in double figures before Ramesh Basnet (seven not out) and Anish GC completed the chase. Anish played a cameo of seven-ball 17 not out with three boundaries. Apart from Abhishek, Nirmal Chhetri also picked up two wickets for Machhapuchhre.

2nd Qualifier: Parbat Titans Vs Machhapuchhre Lions

Machhapuchhre Lions won the toss and bat first.

Machhapuchhre Lions 118 runs for 4 wickets in 20 over.

Deepesh Khatri 40(38) (3 four 1 six)

Mahesh Regmi 38(46) (6 four)

Santwan Poudel 4 over 17 runs 1 wicket.

Parbat Titans 121 for 5 wickets in 18 overs

Sahil Karki 31(27) (6 four)

Paras lamichane: 27(24) (3 four 1 six)

Abhishek Singh Thakuri 3 over 20 runs 2 wickets

Nirmal Chhetri 3 over 27 runs 2 wicket

Parbat Titans won by 5 wickets

Man of the match : Sahil Karki

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