Army stunned as APF get first win

  • twenty20 cricket
- Post Report, Janakpur

Apr 25, 2018-

Tribhuvan Army Club (TAC) crashed to a shock four-run defeat to Sonnet Cricket Club of Kanpur as Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) Club registered their first victory in the Deepak Gupta Memorial Twenty20 cricket tournament on Tuesday.

Sonnet made 103-7 in the match reduced to 15-over-a-side due to technical reasons. Army had a decent start but their middle order failed to make the most of it before getting restricted to 99-7.

Sagar Pun did most of the scoring in his 39-run partnership for the first wicket with Naresh Budhayer. But once Anmol Pandey removed Pun, TAC lost their way. Pun hit three fours and a six in 13-ball 23, while Budhayer top scored with a 31-ball 30 that included two sixes and a four. Bikram Sob slammed 16 off just six balls but couldn’t take the team across the finish line.

Man-of-the-match Shivam Dixit and Aadesh Kumar took two wickets each for Sonnet. The visitors had Dixit to thank for as the middle order batsman had bailed out the team from 29-4 adding 66 runs for the fifth wicket with Rishav Rai (24). Dixit struck four boundaries and two sixes in his 25-ball 43.

APF were crushed by nine wickets by Army in their first Group ‘B’ match on Monday but they bounced back with six-wicket win over Birat Cricket Society in another game. Irshad Ahmed and Bhuwan Karki took three wickets each as Birat were restricted for 117-9. Sandeep Jora then starred with an unbeaten half century as APF reached 121-4 in 18 overs.

APF total revolved around Jora as he held the innings together making 56 off 44 with four sixes and two boundaries. Anil Sah (21), Pranit Thapa Magar (17) and Bhuwan Karki (14) were other batsmen to make runs in double figures. Dipesh Kandel took three wickets for Birat.

Meenas Thapa had top scored for Birat with a 31-ball 29 hitting four boundaries and veteran Dipendra Chaudhary made 23 from 27 with two sixes and a four. Firdosh Ansari (17) was their next best scorer.

Published: 25-04-2018 09:22

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