Karnali pull first win in PM Cup cricket, Lumbini triumphAfter their opening loss against Tribhuvan Army Club two days ago, Karnali Province bounced back to defeat Gandaki Province by five wickets, while Lumbini Province started their campaign with a 77-run win over Province 2.
Karnali Province registered their first win defeating Gandaki Province by five wickets while Lumbini also opened their account with a 77-run win over Province 2 in their Prime Minister Cup National one-day cricket tournament in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
Electing to bat first, Gandaki were bowled out for 204 runs in 42.3 overs at the Mulpani cricket ground. In reply, Karnali achieved the target in 36.5 overs losing five wickets.
In another match at the TU cricket ground in Kirtipur, Lumbini Province elected to bat first and posted a target of 258 runs for Province 2, losing nine wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Lumbini bowled out Province 2 for 180 runs in 42.4 overs.
At the Mulpani ground, Gandaki lost three wickets for 27 runs despite opener Arjun Kumal scoring 46 runs. Kumal who hit six boundaries in his patient knock of 106 runs shared 89-run fourth wicket partnership with Rahul Upadhyaya.
Upadhyaya, the highest scorer for Gandaki with 53 runs, was the fourth wicket to be dismissed when he was trapped leg before by Diwan Pun in the 28th over. He hit six fences and three sixes in his 64-ball knock.
Opener Kumal was dismissed in 34.5 overs with 166-6 on board.
Gandaki skipper Bipin Khatri scored 32 runs off 34 balls while Dniesh Budhamagar and Bishal Paudel contributed 10 and 15 runs for their side.
Karnali bowler Dinesh Adhikari claimed three wickets while Ajun Chunara and Diwan Pun pocketed two wickets each. Adhikari conceded 25 runs in his 6.3-over spell.
In the Karnali run chase, Himashu Shahi contributed an unbeaten 68 runs. The man-of-the-match hit seven fours in his quickfire knock of 60 delivery. Opener Bipn Rawal was the other major contributor with 49 runs in his account.
Karnali’s Hemant Oli and Raj Shah were other major contributors with 29 and 32 runs in their accounts.
Gandaki’s Bipin Khatri grabbed four wickets in his 10-over spell, conceding 55 runs while Subash Bhandari claimed one wicket.
In another match, Sandeep Rijal scored the highest 83 runs off 107 deliveries for Lumbini. The number three batsman and the man-of-the-match Rijal’s innings included 11 boundaries. He was caught out off Kumar Thapa’s bowling.
Saurav Khanal was the other major contributor with 56 runs under his belt. He hit five boundaries and three sixes in his 64-ball delevery. Bikram Bhusal (36 runs), opener Sandeep Sunar (11 runs), Skipper Krishna Karki (10 runs) and Amit Tamang (unbeaten 11 runs) were the other major contributors for Lumbini.
Hari Shankar Shah was the most successful bowler for Province 2 with three three wickets under his belt. He gave away 48 runs in his 10-over spell. Divyanshu Mallick claimed two wickets.
In the Province 2 run chase, tailender Bibek Yadav scored 51 off 41 while openers Sudhir Chaudhary and Hari Shankar Shah scored 42 runs and 22 runs respectively.
Number four batsman Mehboob Alam contributed 31 runs but his team lost other batsmen cheaply and failed to achieve a respectable target.
Ashmita Kharel was the peak of the bowling with four wickets under his belt. He gave away 29 runs in his 10-over spell giving away 29 runs with two maiden overs. Bikram Bhusal and Bidendra Rawat grabbed two wickets apiece.
Nepal Police Club will take on Sudurpaschim Province at the TU ground on Wednesday while Province 1 face Tribhuvan Army Club at the Mulpani ground.