Kathmandu – Nepal’s leggie Sandeep Lamichhane struck twice in two overs to help his side to bundle out St Lucia Stars for a mere 69 runs inside 13 overs in their fourth game of ongoing Caribbean Premier league (CPLT20).
Lamichanne, playing his fourth game of the season for St Kitts, grabbed the big wicket of Australian star David Warner with a googly in his first over yet again.
He started the first delivery with a googly and beat the outside edge. The second delivery was a slider on off stump and Warner blocked it wisely. The third was again a googly on off stump, this time, Warner hit the ball but on the hands of Cutting at the square for 14 runs.
The next two deliveries were wrong’un and a leg-break producing no runs, however, the last delivery was hammered for a SIX by the Afghan cricketer Qais Ahmad. He slogged towards the fine leg boundary, that ended the first over with 6 runs.
Qais Ahmad became the second victim of Lamichhane in the fourth delivery of his second over. He missed the flighted ball and got stumped for 24 runs.
Similarly, a misunderstanding in taking single produced a wicket of MJ McClenaghan in the next delivery. His second over also ended with a six by McCoy, although the catch was taken over the ropes.
Sandeep ended the match with two wickets in his two overs, giving away 13 runs (2-0-13-2) as St Lucia Stars were bowled in 12.3 overs. Cottrell and Mahmudullah (2) were the other wicket-takers, Cottrell claimed three scalps while Mahmudullah grabbed two in his tally.
St Kitts finished the chase in 7.4 overs, losing three wickets. Opener Thomas remained unbeaten on 38 runs. This win gave much-needed two points for Chris Gayle’s team, which are still sitting at fourth in the points table.
“Great to see the side is coming on, the crowd was amazing. I have five or six variations, I keep working hard. Hopefully, I come good”, Sandeep Lamichhane said to the media after the match.
The 18-year-old has bagged seven wickets in total from his four games so far in the tournament.
|Guyana Amazon Warriors||4-0-12-2|
|St Lucia Stars||2-0-13-2|