No 7 batsman Yogendra Karki marked a sensational comeback for Region No 6 (Baitadi) in their 54-run win over Region No 9 (Dhangadhi) in the Wai Wai U-19 National Cricket Tournament at the Pulchowk Engineering College grounds on Wednesday.
With both teams heading into the game losing their respective first matches, Baitadi prevailed in a must-win duel, thanks to Yogendra’s batting. Batting first, Baitadi innings was sinking in when they were reduced to 83-7 in 25.4 overs but they fought back making 178 all out in 50 overs.
Experienced spinner Prem Tamang did the rest wreaking havoc in the middle order as Dhangadhi were 124 all out in 47 overs. From 9-2, Rabi Chand (20) and Bhim Sarki (20) helped Dhangadhi cross 50-run mark with a 44-run stand. However, Prem struck in his alternate overs reducing both set batsmen and Raju Rijal (one) reducing Dhangadhi to 55-5 in 16.1 overs.
Three overs later, Prem struck again this time with the scalp of Dipendra Airee (four). Prakash Saud (20 not out) and Naresh Bohora (23) fought again with a 38-run partnership but after Naresh Thapa removed the latter, Dhangadhi innings virtually came to an end. Man-of-the-match Prem was too miser in his 4-14 from 10 overs, while Arun Airee and Kamal Airee also picked up two wickets each.
Earlier, Bikesh Bam (17), Aayushman Bam (16) and Prem (18) made runs in double figures in the top order but it took no time for Baitadi to lose their seven wickets before reaching triple figures. Yogendra then shared 92 runs for the eighth wicket with Arun Airee snatching back the momentum.
Yogendra made 58 off 89 with five boundaries and Arun scored 28 off 75 with one hit to the fence. Naresh Bohora and Sarki picked up two wickets each for Dhangadhi with Baitadi’s scorecard reading five run outs.