4 January, Kathmandu. Nepal Police Club has reached the final of the Prime Minister’s Cup T20 National Tournament with the deadly bowling of all-rounder Deepender Singh Airi. Police defeated Bagmati Pradesh by 50 runs in the first semi-final match to make it to the final.
Chasing a target of 156 runs, Bagmati scored 105 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the loss of 8 wickets. Bagmati’s opener Adil Khan scored 27 runs in 33 balls with the help of three fours. Captain Gyanendra Malla scored 23 runs in 16 balls with the help of 4 fours. None of the other batsmen did well.
Opener Ishaan Pandey got out for one run. Gyanendra and Adil put on 43 runs for the second wicket. Anil Shah was dismissed at deep midwicket to play a big shot to Gyanendra on the first ball of the ninth over of Dipendra. After that Deependra destroyed Bagmati’s innings.
After Bagmati lost 7 wickets, adding the remaining 19 runs, the chances of the final ended. Dipendra dismissed Bipin Acharya for 2. Deepender dismissed Nandan Yadav (6), Pratish GC (4) and Adil Khan (6).
Ram Naresh Giri remained unbeaten on 22 runs with the help of 25 fours and 3 balls. Region Dhakal remained unbeaten on 15 runs in 17 balls with the help of 2 fours. Deepender Singh Eri of Police took 5 wickets for 10 runs in 4 overs. Spinner Sagar Dhakal took 2 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs. Arif Sheikh took 1 wicket for 20 runs in 4 overs.
Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat at TU Cricket Ground, Police scored 155 runs in the allotted 20 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. Police opener Pawan Sarraf scored 59 runs in 54 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.
Pawan had got two lives. They could not make full use of it. On the fifth ball of spinner Tilak Bhandari’s 11th over, Suman Sunwar dismissed Pawan for 43 runs. Soon after, wicketkeeper Lucky Kathayat took a catch for 47 runs in the third ball of the next over. Pawan completed his fifty in 48 balls.
Police lost two batsmen in the fourth over. Left-arm fast bowler Rajan Dhakal caught Shankar Rana for 8 runs in the third ball of the fourth over. Ramnaresh Giri returned to the pavilion with a brilliant catch at mid-on. On the last ball of the same over on the region’s top ball, the percentage GC was out to zero at mid-off to the tune of the top edge. Rana had opened when Kushal Bhurtel was not in the team due to ill health.
Pawan and Anil Shah shared a 78-run partnership for the third wicket. Nandan Yadav took two wickets in the 16th over. Nandan dismissed Anil Shah for 25 runs. Anil, who played 24 balls, hit a four. Tilak caught Pawan after two balls. Arif Sheikh was dismissed for 12 runs in 9 balls with the help of a six.
Dilip Nath remained unbeaten on 31 off 16 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Rashid Khan remained unbeaten on 5 runs. Area Dhakal of Bagmati took 2 wickets for 30 runs in 4 overs. Nandan Yadav took 2 wickets for 27 runs in 4 overs. Percent GC took 1 wicket. In the second semi-final match, there was a brief fight between Tribhuvan Army Club and Nepal APF Club. The final will take place on Wednesday.