KATHMANDU, April 5: Rupandehi Challengers has faced a fourth consecutive defeat at the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) 2 held at Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Chasing the 145-run target set by Rupandehi Challengers, Mahendranagar United reached the target in 18.5 overs, losing only six wickets.
Skipper Binod Bhandari top-scored with 61 runs including two sixes and five fours off 48 balls, Punit Bista made 45 runs including four sixes and three fours off 22 balls while Puneet Mehra contributed 16 not out runs off 16 balls.
In reply, right-arm medium Dipesh Shrestha took highest three wickets of Mahendranagar United conceding 25 runs in four overs, slow left-arm orthodox Sushan Bhari grabbed two wickets giving away 32 runs while Sagar Pun claimed one wicket at the cost of 24 runs.
Earlier,electing to bast first after winning the toss, Rupandehi Challengers had made 144 runs, losing eight wickets in the alloted 20 overs.
Pradeep Airee made highest 39 runs including one six and five fours off 32 balls before being bowled out for lbw. Similarly, Sagar Pun collected 28 runs including three sixes and one four off 16 balls while Dipak Prasad contributed 17 runs including one six off 17 balls. Except four batsmen none others scored double digit.
As many as six teams – Dhangadhi Team Chauraha, Kathmandu Goldens, Biratnagar Kings, CYC Attariya, Mahendranagar United, Rupandehi Challengers – are taking part in the DPL cricket tournament. The tournament which started on March 31 will come to an end on April 13.
Punit Bista of Mahendranagar bagged the man-of-the-match title.