Players of Great Himalaya Cricket Academy react during the Himalaya Cricket League two-day match against Nexus Cricket Academy at the Mulpani Cricket Ground in Kathmandu on Tuesday. Photo: Republica
KATHMANDU, Feb 26: Ariya Poudel picked up seven out of eight wickets that fell in Nexus Cricket Academy’s second innings to put Great Himalaya Cricket Academy in pole position to force an early win on second day during the Match 5 of ongoing Himalaya Cricket League in Kathmandu on Tuesday.
In a match played at Mulpani Cricket Ground, Nexus lost eight wickets adding up 109 runs in 35 overs by the end of the day-1 in reply to GHCA’s 220 runs in the first innings. Nexus trail by 71 runs at end of day-1. The wicket-keeper batsman Mahesh Rana top-scored with 23 runs off 48 deliveries.
Prashan Singh picked up a solitary wickets as Poudel notched up his career best in two-day cricket with figures of 15 overs, 23 runs and seven wickets.
Earlier, Nexus were shot out for 40 runs in 24 overs in the first innings. Mohammad Hussain impressed with his pace bowling scalping a five-wicket-haul to help GHCA bundle-out Nexus cheaply. Rashid Khan and Sonu Devkota chipped in with two wickets each. Similarly, Poudel had registered a wicket in the first innings. Aasif Sheikh continued his good form with another 51 runs off 52 deliveries which included seven boundaries and three sixes in GHCA’s second innings 220 runs. He had scored a century in the first match for GHCA. Similarly, Prashan Singh stayed unbeaten on 50 runs off 71 deliveries which included seven boundaries and a six. Narendra Saud scalped six wickets for Nexus.Nexus will resume the day-2 on 109 runs for the loss of eight wickets looking to avoid an early defeat against GHCA.