Panchakanya Tez 154-3 (Aasif Sheikh 67 Vesawkar 40 Shrestha 24 S Regmi 1-17 Karn 1-25) beat Colors X-factors 120-8 (Dutta 28 Shah 25 KC 3-22 Vesawkar 3-22) by 34 runs.
Vishal Warriors 174-4 (Khadka 99 Kurmi 30 Sob 1-18) beat Sagarmatha Legends 149-5 (Dhamala 67 Alam 27 Bhari 2-20 Pun 1-8) by 25 runs. Full Scorecard
Monday turned out to be the day of caotains as national team stars Sharad Vesawkar and Paras Khadka led their sides Panchakanya Tez and Vishal Warriors to a comfortable victories over Colors X-factors and Sagarmatha Legends respectively.
Batting first after losing the toss, Tez made a healthy 154 for 3 in their allotted quota of overs. Opener Sanjay Shrestha started the innings with a positive note with a 17 24. But it was the pair of the other opener Aasif Sheikh, brother of more renowned Aarif Sheikh, and Sharad Vesawkar who did the bulk of the scoring with 67(60) and 40(39) to their names.
Chasing a stiff target, X-factors never really looked in charge with every small progress haulted by a disnissal. Perhaps the most telling stat of their innings was that 4 batsmen reach 20s but none of them made it to the 30s – Himanshu Dutta top-scoring with 28. Sharad Vesawkar turned out to be the surprise package as he picked up 3 wickets including opposition skipper in his Man of the Match Performance. Karan KC came back from a horror day yesterday to pick up 3 wickets and help his side to a comfortable 34 runs victory.
The second match of the day was all about a tale of two brilliant batting performances. Batting first, captain Paras Khadka scored a 45-ball 99 including 10 towering sixes. A slow start by the Warriors was soon forgotten after Khadka started a breathtaking assault on spinners. He was unlucky to miss out on a deserved hundred as he unsuccessfully tried to clear the mid-wicket boundary on 99. Suraj Kurmi played a solid second-fiddle to Khadka with a 30 not out. As a result, Warrior posted a formidable 174 on the board.
Chasing a huge total, Legends did look good on parts but were unable to have a substantial dash to worry the warriors much. Nepal U19 opener Sunil Dhamala made an attractive 87 including 6 fours and 5 sixes but was unable to find any meaningful contribution from the other end as Legends were restricted to 149 in their 20 overs.
After the wins, Tez and Warriors move to the top 2 of the points table with 4 and 3 points respectively while Legends and X-factors are yet to get off the mark.