Cricnepal/Melbourne – Aasif Sheikh smashed an unbeaten century to help his side clinch the maiden Everest Premier League T20 title against Colors X-Factors in the final by 40 runs at T.U. Cricket ground, Kirtipur on Monday.
Sheikh smashed 111 runs from just 64 balls including 7 fours and 8 sixes in the first innings after Panchakanya won the toss. Sharad Vesawkar (2), Karan KC (5) and Prithu Baskota (8) failed cheaply but he held the inning at the other end. Aasif was well supported by Aarif Sheikh (23) for the fourth wicket partnership of 47 runs.
An unbeaten partnership of 64 runs from 14 balls, for the fifth wicket between Aasif Sheikh and Sonu Tamang set the tone for Panchakanya Tez to compile a mammoth total of 171 runs.
Avinash Karn, Amar Singh Routela, Sanjam Regmi and Yogendra Singh Karki shared wicket apiece for X-Factors.
Chasing 172 runs, Colors X-Factors had a bad start, losing 3 wickets for 24 runs. Both the opener were removed by left-arm spinner Sushil Kandel. Fajrul Khan departed for a duck while the other opener Hari Shankar Shah made 14 runs. Amar Singh Routela was promoted at 3 but he could only manage 9 runs before giving an easy caught and bowled off Bhuwan Karki.
Skipper Gyanendra Malla and Rajesh Pulami Magar steadied the ship and managed 74 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. Malla smashed 4 fours and 2 sixes in his brisk inning of 47 runs while Magar managed run a ball 37 scoring 2 sixes.
Once Malla was dismissed in 13th over by Dipendra singh Airee, X-Factors’s hope were dismantle. Magar, Siddhant Lohani & Yogendra Singh Karki were dismissed in a same over by pacer Karan KC. It was a matter of time for Panchakanya Tez to bundle out their opponent.
Sharad Vesawkar, brought himself for the 18th over and grabbed two wickets to restrict X-Factors for 131 runs and clinch their maiden title.
Former Indian Cricketer, Ajay Jadeja was invited as a Chief Guest for the presentation ceremony and he awarded NRs. 5 Lakh to the winning team and a trophy.
Aasif Sheikh received the Player of the final along with Emerging player of the tournament. He scored 220 runs in 6 matches with a strike rate of 134.97.
Likewise, Sompal Kami earned the Player of the tournament award. He scored 125 runs and took 6 wickets in 5 matches for Jagdamba Rhinos.