Dhangadi Premier League: First Day Round Up
The first day of the much awaited Dhagadi Premier League was full of delight and joys as one of the biggest domestic tournament in Nepal commenced today in Dhangadi known as “The city of cricket”. The first tournament being played with the auction system, Dhangadi Premier League becomes the biggest domestic tournament to be played outside TU stadium. Attracting lots of spectators on the field, DPL managed to successfully end up it’s first day of opening where CYC Attariya managed to win the first game of the tournament.
The Charm of CYC Attariya
On it’s first game, Kathmandu Goldens playing against CYC Attariya, won the toss and decided to field first. Led by team captain Gyanendra Malla, CYC openers could not give a fine start to their team. Sandeep Sunar stumbled against Sompal Kami losing his wicket on his fifth bowl adding four runs on the scoreboard. The big names Gyanendra Malla, Mehboob Alam could not perform well along with Dilip Nath who was also a part of Emerging Cup tour to Bangladesh. Yogendra Singh Karki being the first cricketer to score a half century of the tournament, built a much needed inning with 57 personal runs, which included seven boundaries and a six off 41 bowls. Gyanendra Kunwar added not out 34 runs on the board while it was surprising to see Pradeep Airee at late order who smashed 13 runs off 5 bowls. With two wickets for Sompal Kami and an each in the names of Manjeet, Santosh and Rohit, Goldens stopped CYC for 146/6 in 20 overs.
Chasing the target of 147 runs, Goldens’ inning was most devastating than Nepal Earthquake with only Sompal Kami and Santosh Bhatta managing to score double digits runs on their heroic innings. A surprise was the captain Basant Regmi coming to bat as a third number batsman who scored seven runs before returning back to the pavilion. On his another good inning, Sompal Kami took their innings till nineteenth over scoring 40 runs off 38 bowls along Bhuvan Karki scoring 31 runs off 23 bowls. Avinash Bohara took 4 wickets to take the Man of the Match award with only 11 runs off his 3.4 overs spell. Alongside, Binod Lama also took 3 wickets giving away 9 runs. The Goldens only managed to score 106 runs losing all their wickets in 18.4 overs to lose the match by 40 runs.
Avinash Bohra’s Bowling Spell : 3.4-0-11-4
Yogendra Singh Karki’s half century: 57(41) , 7*4 , 1*6
Basanta Regmi and Pradeep Airee’s Batting Order
The Challenging Rupendehi Challengers
Rupendehi Challengers won the toss and decided to bat first in the second game of DPL playing against Kanchanpur Iconic. Batting first, the openers duo Harishankar Shah and Shankar Rana gave their team a fine start. With maximum use of the batting powerplay, the team managed to score 60 runs off first 6 overs without losing their wicket. With 60 runs on the board, the first wicket stumbled as Shankar Rana who scored 19 runs. The wicket kept falling on the regular intervals where Harishankar Shah scored 33 runs off 24 bowls with four boundaries and two sixes. Kushal Bhurtel was the man from the Kanchanpur’s side who took four wickets to stop Rupendehi challengers to 145/8 at 20 overs. Prakash KC scored 26 runs while captain Shakti Gauchan scored 16 runs. Avinash karna took two wickets.
Chasing the target of 146 runs openers duo Sagar Pun and Sunil Dhamala gave a fine start with a partnership of 52 runs. Similar to previous inning, other batsman including skipper Binod Bhandari could not play a good inning to guide towards the target. Sagar Pun scored 39 runs off 38 bowls with two each of boundaries and sixes. Sunil Dhamala scored 28 runs of 35 bowls. Though, Kushal Bhurtel hit some fine shots towards the end, his return towards pavilion at stage of 116/9 seemed difficult for the victory. Kanchanpur iconic needed 25 runs to win after Kushal scored 27 runs off just 13 bowls with 3 boundaries and 2 sixes. Dipesh Shrestha was hit 10 runs off the last over yet Kanchanpur Iconic lost the match by 14 runs against Rupendehi Challengers. Krishna Karki and Sahab Alam took 3 wickets each while Shakti Gauchan took 2 wickets for Rupendehi Challengers.
*Kushal Bhurtel with 4 wickets along fine attacking inning till the end for Kanchanpur Iconic
*Both innings had opening partnerships above 50 runs
*The flop show of Binod Bhandari and Siddhant Lohani again