Spinner Sushan Bhari stars in Army’s thumping victory over hostsThe 25-year-old picked up seven wickets as the Army beat MMCC Inaruwa by 10 wickets to secure a berth in semis.
Left-arm orthodox Sushan Bhari picked up seven wickets as Nepal Army Club thumped Manmohan Memorial Cricket Centre Inaruwa by 10 wickets to secure a semi-final berth at the Manmohan Memorial one-day cricket tournament in Inaruwa on Tuesday.
After losing the toss, the Nepal Army Club did not lose even a single wicket in reaching the victory target of 57 runs. Openers Kushal Malla smacked two sixes and five fours in his innings of 35 off 19 balls, while Harikrishna Jha made 20 runs off 11 balls hitting two boundaries and a six, to help their side win with as many as 270 balls to spare.
Earlier, the MMCC Inaruwa lost wickets at regular intervals as five of their batsmen were out for ducks and team got bundled out for a paltry 56. Only Sushant Timilsina (15) and Sonu Mandal (13) scored in double figures as Bhari cast his mesmerising spell on the MMCC batsmen.
Bhari missed a hat-trick in the sixth over of the match after trapping Ravi Roy (2) and Bibek Meheta (0) off the third and fourth balls of the over. But he came back even more strongly in the eighth over, which fetched him four more wickets, including a hat-trick. Timilsina was caught by Malla off Bhari off the second ball of the seventh over of the match, followed by the bowler catching Alfaz Mansuri off his next delivery and later trapping the skipper, Saroj Basnet (0) leg before. The last over of the ball saw Rajesh Sony being clean bowled. Bhupal Luitel, the tailender, who was out for a duck in the 20th over, was the last of Bhari's seven wickets. Shahab Alam picked up one wicket and Hari Chahuhan two, from his five overs.
The win means Nepal Army Club, who finished a the top the Group 'A' table, advanced to the semifinals, unbeaten. Next, Karnali Province will now play against Nepal Police Club in the tournament, a fixture that’s slated for Wednesday.