Dhangadi – Panchakanya Tez defeated Kantipur Gurkhas by 5 wickets to go through the final of on going Nepal Premier League at Fapla Ground on friday.
Tez became the second team to reach the final after they chased down the target of 117 runs in 29.1 overs. The sixth wicket partnership between Sunny Pun 37* and Bhuvan Karki 35* drove them towards the sensational victory.
Their opener Sanjay Shrestha 8 (8) and Indra Kamal Manandhar 2(5) went cheaply and rest batsmen (Karan K.C. 0, Sharad Vesawkar 12 & Puspa Thapa 1) couldn’t handle the pressure at the middle. Although, Basant Regmi chipped in with three wickets and Lalit Singh Bhandari taking two wickets, they couldn’t stop Tez from winning the semis.
Earlier, Basant Regmi – Captain of Kantipur Gurkhas won the toss and decided to bat first. Subash Khakurel managed 16 (13), Aakash Bista 22 (34), Aakash Gupta 12(35) but rest were dismissed quickly. Raj Kumar Pradhan was the pick of the bowler as he took three wickets. Sushil Kandel trapped Basant Regmi for 24 runs.
Bhuvan Karki, Karan K.C. took two wickets each while Aarif Sheikh, Sharad Vesawkar chipped with one wicket each. Tez bowlers wrapped up the Gurkha’s inning in 40.3 overs.
Binod Bas was rested for this match as he injured his index finger during the match against Gurkhas in group stage.
Tez will meet Jagdamba Giants in the final of Nepal Premier League tomorrow at Fapla Ground, Dhangadi.