Bagmati stun Police, Army bag second winNational team captain Gyanendra Malla’s Bagmati thrashed Nepal Police Club by seven wickets, while Binod Bhandari-led Army beat Karnali Province by 80 runs.
The star-studded Nepal Police Club succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat against national team skipper Gyanendra Malla's Bagmati Province in their Prime Minister Cup National men's one-day cricket tournament while Tribhuvan Army Club registered their second victory in a row on Sunday.
Put into bat first, Nepal Police Club were bowled out for 111 runs in 29.3 overs as Nandan Yadav and Tilak Bhandari grabbed four wickets each at the TU grounds in Kirtipur. In reply, Bagmati made 114-3 in 34.3 as Prithu Baskota contributed an unbeaten 48 runs.
At the Mulpani grounds, Army registered an 80-run win over Karnali Province after Anil Mandal shone with the bat scoring 89 runs. Electing to bat first, the departmental team made 195 runs in 43.1 overs before restricting Bagmati for 115 runs in 33.3 overs.
Only four batsmen touched double figures for Police who lost wickets at regular intervals. Openers Sunil Dhamala and Kushal Bhurtal scored 17 runs apiece for Police while national team vice captain Dipendra Singh Airee and Aarif Sheikh contributed 21 runs each.
Bagmati bowlers Nandan Yadav and Tilak Bhandari ripped apart the Police batting line-up. Yadav claimed four wickets in his nine-over spell conceding 31 runs with a maiden over. Bhandari, adjudged the man of the match, gave away 17 runs in his 7.3 over bowling with a maiden over.
Chasing the meagre target, Bagmati too made a shaky start losing openers Aakash Thapa and Aadil Khan for one and 12 runs respectively. Former national skipper Paras Khadka was the third wicket to fall with 17 runs in his kitty as Bagmati were tottering at 3-35.
But Ishan Pandey and Prithu Baskota played an unbeaten 79 to guide Bagmati to victory. Pandey played patient 17 runs off 66 while Baskota scored 48 off 66. Baskota hit four fences and three sixes.
In another match, opener Anil Mandal scored 89 from 114 deliveries for Army after his partner Raju Rijal was out for a duck. The man-of-the-match Mandal hit 14 fences. He shared a 115-run stand for the fourth wicket with skipper Binod Bhandari before the latter was sent to pavilion for 41 runs. Bhandari hit three boundaries and a six.
Rajesh Pulami (16), Lokesh Bam (13) and Rohit Paudel (11) were the other batsmen for the departmental team to contribute in double figures.
Bagmati bowlers Dinesh Adhikiari, Raj Shah and Diwan Pun claimed two wickets apiece.
In the run chase, Rabindra Shahi contributed the highest 30 runs as Karnali lost other batsmen cheaply. Opener Hemant Oli and Dinesh Adhikari who contributed 16 and 12 runs were the other batsmen to score in double digits.
Army bowler Sushan Bhari was the most successful bowler with four wickets under his belt. He conceded 19 runs in his 8.3 over spell with three maiden overs. Shahab Alam grabbed three wickets in his 10-over spell with a maiden over. He conceded 44 runs.
Sudurpaschim Province will take on Bagmati Province at the TU grounds on Monday while Gandaki will vie with Province 1 at the Mulpani grounds.