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Western crush Mid West, reach semi-finals

Western Region made a short work of Mid Western Region to enter the semi-finals of the Prime Minister Cup One Day National cricket tournament at the TU grounds on Thursday.

In their third Group ‘A’ match, Western Region bundled out Mid West for just 62 runs in 23 overs after Bipin Khatri and Lal Bahadur Adhikari picked up four wickets each. With a paltry target to chase, Western reached the total in just 11.1 overs to become the first team from the pool to go through.

Western finished at four points from two games, two more than Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club who have played two matches less. Mid West and Central Region, who have one point from two games, are now in a danger of early elimination from the tournament.

Mid West now play APF in their final match on Friday where only a victory can keep them alive, while Central take on APF on Saturday and can make only make plans following Friday’s result.

Saurav Khanal, with the scores of 90 and 78 not out in the first two matches, came up the order and blitzed with an eight-ball 20 with two fours and two sixes before handing a return catch to Amar Singh Routela.

Another opener Anil Gurung and Nurdhoj Sen finished off the game with sensible innings. Anil made 23 not out from 39 balls with four boundaries, while Nurdhoj scored 19 off 20 with three hits to the fence.

Bipin had given early breakthroughs that made life difficult for Mid West batsmen as they kept losing wickets in regular intervals. Bipin accounted for the first five Mid West wickets to fall as he returned the figures of 4-9 from seven overs with two maiden.

After Bipin set the game for Western, spinner Lal Bahadur ripped apart the middle and lower order picking up four wickets. Opener Shubhendu Pandey, Rajbir Singh and Amar were the only Mid West batsmen to make runs in double figures scoring 13 runs apiece.

Rajbir was left stranded after he defied the Western bowling hitting two fours in 41 deliveries. La finished with 4-24 from five overs and Krishna Karki also took 2-21 from seven overs. Bipin was the unanimous pick for the man-of-the-match.

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