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X-Factor, Legend earn first victory in EPL

Colors X-Factor and Jagdamba Rhinos registered their first victory in the Wai Wai Everest Premier League on Tuesday.

In the first match of the day, Sompal Kami’s all round performance handed Rhinos an 11-run victory over Kantipur Gurkhas. Rhinos made 124-8 riding on a quickfire 30-ball 44 from Sompal. The fast bowler then bowled some tight spell and picked up a wicket to restrict Gurkhas to 113-8.

Sandeep Zora top scored for Gurkhas with a 28-ball 42 hitting two fours and two sixes. Ani Sah was the only remaining Gurkhas batsman to make runs in double figures collecting 28 from 34 with three boundaries and a six.

Shakti Gauchan, Pawan Sharraf and Prem Tamang picked up two wickets each for Rhinos who had dismissed Gurkhas openers Pradep Airee (naught) and Subash Khakurel (eight) cheaply.

In the second match, skipper Binod Bhandari’s valiant effort went in vain as X-Factor won the match by nine runs in an exciting contest.

Captain Gyanendra Malla and Rajesh Pulami Magar made half centuries as X-Factor made 168-4. It was tournament’s second highest total sitting behind Vishal Warrior’s 174 made against Legends on Monday.

In-form opener Sunil Dhamala led Legends’ reply before Bhandari took the charge but they finished at 159-6 in 20 overs. The twist of the day came in the final ball of the 19th over when Bhandari tried to steal a single to keep the strike for last over when Legends had needed 15 off seven.

But Bhandari was brilliantly run out by a direct throw from Gyanendra Malla that threw Legends out of the contest. Bhandari was out for 48 off 28 in an innings that included four sixes and three boundaries.

Sunil made 46 off 36 with five boundaries to follow up the 87 he made against Vishal Warriors on Tuesday. Legends are now all but out of the final race having lost three matches in a row.

Earlier, Gyanendra led X-Factor with the bat sharing 91-run stand for the third wicket with Rajesh. Gyanendra made 52 off 37 and Rajesh hit 56 off 38 with both batsmen hitting four boundaries and two sixes each.

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