Nepal T20: Brilliant start for Lumbini All Stars

Lumbini All Star has made a winning start in the Nepal T-20 Cricket League. Lumbini defeated Far West United by 67 runs in the match played at the TU Cricket Ground in Kirtipur on Saturday.

Chasing the victory target of 153 runs given by Lumbini, Far West was reduced to 85 runs in 16.2 overs with the loss of all wickets. Apart from captain Hashmatullah Shahidi scoring 35 runs and Binod Bhandari scoring 13 runs for Far West, other batsmen could not reach double figures. In bowling, Dipendra Singh Airee took three wickets, Sagar Dhakal took two wickets and Pat Brown, Kishore Mahato and Bipul Sharma took one wicket each.

Lumbini, who won the toss and batted first, scored 152 runs in 20 overs at the loss of seven wickets. Lahiru Milantha scored 60 runs for Lumbini. Captain Dipendra Singh Aire scored 35 runs and Gulsan Jha scored 25 runs.Far West’s Umar Ali and Karan KC took three wickets each in bowling.

Kathmandu’s winning start

Inspired by Azmatullah Omarzai’s aggressive batting, Kathmandu Knights defeated Pokhara Avengers by 26 runs in the first match of the Nepal T20 League.

After losing the toss and being invited to bat at the University Cricket Ground, Kathmandu lost five wickets in the scheduled 19 overs and made a total of 162 runs. In reply, Pokhara could only score 136 after losing seven wickets in 19 overs.

Azmatullah omarzai
Azmatullah omarzai

For Pokhara, opener Upul Tharanga scored 44 runs off 34 balls with 6 fours. Similarly, Arif Shaikh scored 20, Amir Hamza and Abhimanyu Mithun scored 18 each, but other batsmen did not perform well.

Abhinash Bohara took three wickets in four overs for Kathmandu. Similarly, Bashir Ahmed took two wickets and Anil Kharel took one wicket.

Kathmandu, which had a bad start in the first innings, had already lost five wickets when they scored 48 runs. However, Sunam Gautam and Omarzai, who came to the crease at number five and six, shared 114 runs and led to a respectable total.

Sunam added 27 runs off 28 balls with two fours while Omarzai contributed 85 runs off 42 balls with three fours and seven sixes. For Pokhara, Pratish Jisi and Zahir Khan took two wickets each and Mausam Dhakal took one wicket.

Due to the opening ceremony, the game was shortened by one over after a late start.

6 teams are participating in the league, which will be conducted till January 27th. The winner of the league will get a prize of Rs.55 lakh and the runner-up will get Rs.30 lakh.

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