Goldens win, secure Qualifier berthKathmandu Goldens secured a Qualifier berth after a 100-run hammering of Rupandehi Challengers in the Dhangadhi Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament at the wet Fapla cricket ground in Dhangadhi on Sunday.
Kathmandu Goldens secured a Qualifier berth after a 100-run hammering of Rupandehi Challengers in the Dhangadhi Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament at the wet Fapla cricket ground in Dhangadhi on Sunday.
The only team to have an unbeaten record so far in the tournament, Goldens grind out a commendable 133-7 before dismissing Challengers to a tournament low score of 33 in 15.1 overs. Goldens have seven points from four matches can only finish at worst in second place. Top four teams after the league stages qualify for playoff. The top two will play the first Qualifier with the winners to earn tickets to the final. The losers will have a second shot at making it to the final as they play the winners of the Eliminator match between the third and fourth placed team.
Only CYC Attariya can leapfrog Kathmandu Goldens into top place in the league provided they win both their games and Golden lose their last. Despite the defeat, Challengers still have a chance of making it to the playoff along with Mahendranagar United and Biratnagar Kings. Dhangadhi Stars out of the playoff race having collected just one point from four games.
Electing to bat first Goldens had their Indian recruit Ankit Dabas to thank for posting 133-7. Goldens lost Dabas’ compatriot Gaurav Tomar (8) to be 9-1 in the second over but a 33-run second wicket stand between Anil Sah and skipper Malla steadied the ship. Sah scored a composed 23 off 26 with two fours and a six, while Malla, who guided his team to the final last season but eventually lost to Team Chauraha Dhangadhi, scored 11-ball 12. Malla’s dismissal in the sixth over brought Dabas and the batsman helped his team cross the three-figure.
When Puneet Mehra had Dabas caught by Babar Hayat in the 18th over, Goldens were comfortably placed at 110-5. Dabas slammed three sixes and a four in his fluent 40-ball 43. Rashid Khan (14 not out), Yogendra Singh Karki (13) and veteran allrounder Mehboob Alam (11) all chipped in valuable runs to the total. Anil Kharel, Mehra and Bikram Sob claimed two wicket each for Challengers.
In reply, Challengers’ hopes all but ended by the sixth over after losing half their squad for 12 runs. Sumit Maharjan top scored for Challengers with five runs. Nandan Yadav was pick of the Goldens bowlers with 3-5. Lalit Singh Rajbanshi and Surya Tamang also snared two wickets each, while man-of-the-match Dabas and Karki took one each.
Team P W L NR Pts NRR
Kathmandu Goldens 4 3 0 1 7 1.819
CYC Attariya 3 2 1 0 4 0.899
Rupandehi Challengers 4 2 2 0 4 -1.313
Mahendranagar United 5 1 2 2 4 -0.128
Biratnagar Kings 4 1 1 2 4 -0.437
Dhangadhi Stars 4 0 3 1 1 -0.465
Mahendranagar United 55-3 in 5.4 overs (S Anand 17, A Sheikh 15*; B Karki 2-18, D Rawat 1-8) beat CYC Attariya 54-5 in 6 overs (S Patel 19, J Kolsawala 10, D Airee 10) by seven wickets
Man-of-the-match: S Dhakal
Kathmandu Goldens 133-7 in 20 overs (A Dabas 43, A Sah 23; A Kharel 2-19, B Sob 2-30) beat Rupandehi Challengers 33 in 15.1 overs (S Maharjan 5; N Yadav 3-5, L Rajbanshi 2-4) by 100 runs
Man-of-the-match: A Dabas