Biratnagar Warriors ride on Babar Hayat to thrash Chitwan Tigers by 71 runs

KATHMANDU: Biratnagar Warriors kept their winning streak to three games by thrashing Chitwan Tigers by 71 runs during the TVS Everest Premier League played at the TU Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Chitwan Tigers winning the toss opted to field first in the bowler friendly track.  Warriors piled mammoth total of 174/8 in their allotted 20 overs to skittle their opponenets for meagre 103 runs to register 71 runs victory.

Biratnagar became the first team to qualify for play-offs.

Indian recruit Praveen Gupta, a slow left arm orthodox bowler removed Aasif Sheikh caught by the wicket keeper Nath in the 5.4 overs. Sheikh contributed 21 runs off 22 balls with three fours.

Pakistani born Hong Kong International Babar Hayat and his teammate Anshuman Rath shared a record 107 runs partnership for the second wicket of the tournament.

Rath was cleaned by Yogendra Singh Karki after making 41 valuable runs off 40 balls with five fours.

Hayat was joined by skipper in the middle, but Khadka was caught by Sabez Khan off Pramesh Kumar bowling in the penultimate over after contributing 16 runs off just eight balls with two maximum.

After loosing skipper and set batsman Hayat in successive deliveries in the 18th over, Warriors lost the momentum as they lost four wickets for five runs in the last over of the innings.

Hayat smashed 81 runs off just 42 balls that included five fours and six sixes in his whirlwind innings.

Praveen Gupta took a first hat-trick of the tournament as he dismissed Anil Sah, Pramit Magar and puspa Thapa. Gupta was pick of the bowler with 4-0-23-5.

In reply, Chitwan Tigers succumbed to 103 all out in 18.2 overs loosing all their three matches of the tournament. With today's loss Chitwan Tigers chances of making to the play-off look slim.

Tigers made the disastrous start loosing opener Dilip Nath in the very over bowled by Karan KC with just 1 run on the board.

Leg spinner Basanta Regmi removed Tiger's skipper Dipendra Singa Airee, who is having a torrid time in the middle, was trapped leg before the wicket and cleaned up Sandeep Sunar with another beauty leaving Tigers tattering at 35-3 in the 6th over.

Bhim Sharki made 24 runs off 20 balls but to no avail as the team folded for paltry 103 all out.

Basanta Regmi was pick of the bowler with 3.2-0-11-4.

Avinash Karn bagged two wickets while Karan KC, Anshuman Rath and Puspa Thapa chipped in with a wicket each.

Hong Kong recruit Babar Hayat was adjudged man of the match for his blistering knock of 81 runs and bagged Rs 10,000.