Rohan Mustafa of Team Chauraha Dhangadhi bats as wicketkeeper Punit Bisht of Mahendranagar United looks on during the fourth day of the Dhangadhi Premier League T20 cricket tournament at the Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground in Dhangadhi on Tuesday. Photo: Dil Bahadur Chhatyal/Republica
DHANGADHI, April 4: Team Chauraha Dhangadhi has registered its second win in the ongoing second Dhangadhi Premier League as it beat Mahendranagar United by eight wickets on Tuesday.
Chauraha won the toss and opted to field first and was handed a 132-run target by Mahendranagar, for the loss of eight wickets in the allotted 20 overs in the match played at the Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground. In reply, Chauraha chased the target in 18 overs for the loss of two wickets.
It was Indian recruit Puneet Mehra again, who was the standout performer for Mahendranagar, but even his performance could not stop Chauraha from winning. Mehra was really crucial in the last game when Mahendranagar defeated Paras Khadka-led Biratnagar Kings by 33 runs on Sunday with his not out 38 runs off 18 balls. He played even better than the previous match hitting 40 off 22 balls including two sixes and four fours. Bhupendra Karki also performed well with his 32 off 40 balls which included two sixes and a boundary, while all the other batsmen could not impress much.
The other Indian recruit Punit Bisht came up with four boundaries, but his 24 off 24 balls was not simply enough to avert the loss. Likewise, captain and opener Binod Bhandari scored 11 runs off 16 balls including a four, while his opening partner Aasif Sheikh went back to the pavilion making eight off eight balls with a four. Also, Rohit Kumar Paudel struggled with his bat again making three runs off five balls, while Karan KC was not out at one. Harishankar Shah and Aarif Sheikh were out for ducks.
Considering the figures, Lalit Bhandari was the pick of the Chauraha bowlers as he claimed four wickets in the four overs he bowled conceding 37 runs, but Samsad Sheikh made most of the difference as he picked up a wicket for a run in just an over. Likewise, Sompal Kami nicked a wicket in the four overs he bowled for 19 runs.
In reply, opener Sunil Dhamala was just four runs short of his half century as he hit not out 46 runs off 47 balls including two sixes and three boundaries, while already a fan favorite the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s Rohan Mustafa made 39 off 30 balls which included three sixes and a four. Likewise, the other opener and Mustafa’s national teammate Ashfaq Ahmed contributed 30 runs off 24 balls hitting six boundaries, while Sonu Tamang scored not out 15 runs off seven balls with a four and a six. Dhamala is at the top of the ‘most run hitters’ chart with 120 from three matches, while Mustafa is third with 79.
Mahendranagar bowlers simply failed to impress the crowd as only two of them managed to take a wicket. Avinash Karn and Mehra claimed a wicket each for the losing side.
Chauraha’s Bhandari was named the man-of-the-match and was rewarded with Rs 10,000.
Rupandehi Challengers will take on Biratanagar Kings as both the teams will be looking for their first win, while CYC Attariya will face Kathmandu Goldens with Attariya looking to go equal on points with Kathmandu and the latter playing for third consecutive win of the season on Wednesday.