Tribhuwan Army Demolished The Dream Of Region No.4 Bhairawa for the semi final spot after a huge defeat of 9 wickets against Gunners. After winning the toss, Bhairawa elected to bat first and their innings came to end in 17 overs giving the target of just 93 runs. At one stage, Bhairawa were 61-3 down in 7.5 overs. But after a brilliant knock of 40 runs by Faizrul, none other batsman were on top. His departure cost Region no 4 team a lot. Faizrul 40 runs, Nischal 12 runs and Eklakhs 15 runs not out were only the double figure mark by Bhairawa Batsman, while from the bowling side of Army Rahul VK took 3 wickets, Chandra Sawad, Rupesh Shrivastav, Rajesh Pulami shared 2 wicket each in their name and the remaining one wicket was in the name of Sagar Pun.
Chasing the target of 93 runs, Tribhuwan Army made a poor start. Once again, Sagar Pun(1 run) failed early without any contribution to Army. But Naresh Budhayer and Anil Mandal 88 runs partnership lead gunners towards win. Anil Mandal 44 runs(38balls) with seven boundaries and Naresh Budhayer 38 runs(42 balls) with 4 boundaries helped to achieve the target of 93 runs in just 14. 1 over losing 1 wicket. Rahul VK declared as Man Of The Match from Army team for his precious turning of the match taking three key wickets in a over, putting the score of 64-4 to 70-7.
Now, tomorrow Nepal Army will face the vital game against Region No.3 Kathmandu, that will decide the group winner and runner up. So, definitely gunners will look for the winner of their group, as they wants to avoid the giant team Armed Police Force, the team with National Cricket Players.
Mahendranagar (R9) vs Baitadi(R6):
Mahendranagar taste their first victory against Baitadi, Mahenranagar won the match by 20 runs. After winning the toss, Mahendranagar opted to bat first and post the target of just 107 runs. Mahendranagar managed 106 runs losing 3 wickets in 20 over. Kamal Raj Joshi made 32 runs from 29 balls not out with 2 sixes , was the highest individual score from Mahendranagar batsman, while Sagar Joshi 28(39), and Dipendra Chand 25(47) helped Mahendranagar past the respectable total.
But chasing a achievable target of 107 runs, Baitadi just made 86 runs losing 6 wickets. Lalit Bhandari once again was in top with his economical bowling just giving 13 runs in 4 overs without wicket. His economical bowling was the key factor, which helped other bowlers to tumble the wicket of Baitadi and restrict them from play big shots. Binod Lama took 2 wickets, while Dipendra Aire and Sanjay Pant shared one wicket each.
The batting was once again a big problem for Baitadi team. Only three middle order batsman Mahendra Chand 21(37), Dilip Nath 16(19), Basant Khatri 17(21) made a double figure run for Baitadi. Kamal Raj Joshi was declared man of the match.
Pokhara (R8) vs Nepalgunj (R5):
Nepalgunj once again showed their bravery against Pokhara, won the match by 8 wickets with the help of another half century innings from Mahesh Chhetri though Nepalgunj were already failed making the spot for semi final. After losing the toss, Pokhara were forced to bat first and and their innings got collapsed in 89 runs in 19 over. Anil Gurung 12(20) , Nishcal Pandey 13(19) and Amrit Shrestha 15(17) were the double figure marks from the batting side of Pokhara. While from the bowling side, Aakash Bista took 4 wickets, Nijjamuddin Halwai took 3 wickets and Bhupendra Rokka took 2 wickets for Nepalgunj bowling side. Aakash Bista who took 4 wickets in his 4 over spell giving just 14 runs was declared Man Of The Match.
Biratnagar (R2) vs Janakpur (R7):
Biratanar team with stars like Mehboob Alam , Raj Kumar Pradhan, Manjeet Shrestha, Sunny Pun and Pushpa Thapa, once again failed against Region No.7 Janakpur. Janakpur chased the target of 88 runs just losing 2 wickets in 15.5 overs. Mehboob Alam even failed for his region, just against the expectation of his fan. Every body were watching Mehboob, but he just managed 8 runs today with one four. Raj Mohammed who took 3 wickets giving 30 runs in his 4 over spell and not out in 30 runs in 27 balls with 5 boundaries was declared Man Of The Match.