Kathmandu, Bhairahawa to meet in eliminator todaySharad Vesawkar-led Bhairahawa could have secured qualifiers place, a virtual semi-final, had they defeated Sandeep Lamichhane's Kathmandu in the last league match. But they shared one point each after the game was abandoned.
Kathmandu Kings XI and Bhairahawa Gladiators will meet in the eliminator of the Everest Premier League as they finished third and fourth in the twenty20 cricket tournament after the last league match scheduled between them was abandoned on Tuesday.
Sharad Vesawkar-led Bhairahawa could have secured qualifiers place, a virtual semi-final, had they defeated Sandeep Lamichhane's Kathmandu in the last league match. But they shared one point each after the game was abandoned.
Had the match taken place and Bhairahawa won, Kathmandu would have been out of the playoffs. But even a defeat for Bhairahawa would have still secured them the third place.
Wet outfield caused due to overnight rain meant Kathmandu finished fourth replacing Lalitpur Patriots while Bhairahawa finished third.
Chitwan Tigers led by Sompal Kami were already assured a qualifiers spot after victories in the first four matches. They lead the six-team table with eight points and will vie in the first qualifiers against Pokhara Rhinos.
Binod Bhandari's Pokhara Rhinos and Bhairahawa have finished the league rounds with equal seven points. But Rhinos finished second on the basis of most games won despite having inferior run rates. While Pokhara have won three matches, Bhairahawa have won two.
Despite having equal three points as that of Kathmandu, Lalitpur dropped to the fifth spot on the basis of net run rate. Both Kathmandu and Lalitpur have three points and one win each. But Kathmandu have the upper hand over Lalitpur due to superior run rate.
Chitwan and Pokhara are set to face off in the first qualifiers in the first match of Tuesday while Bhairahawa and Kathmandu are scheduled to play in the eliminator on the second fixture of the day. The winning team of the qualifiers will enter the final while the losing team will play the winner of the eliminator in the next qualifier.