Indian Embassy, Standard Chartered thru

Kathmandu, October 21:

Indian Embassy and Standard Chartered Bank entered the quarter-finals of the Soaltee Crowne Plaza Super Sixes Cricket Tournament here today.

Defending Champions Indian Embassy won both the day’s matches to add to their three matches on the opening day to accumulate 10 points and topped Group A. Standard Chartered won the fourth match today to earn eight points and advance to the last eight as Group B winners.

On Tuesday, Indian Embassy defeated New Business Age by two wickets and routed The Himalayan Times (THT) by six wickets.

Electing to bowl first, Indian Embassy restricted New Business Age for 54-1 and reached 57-4 in 4.3 overs. Alok Kumar scored an unbeaten 18 off just nine balls and Amar Singh make 5-ball 10 for the winners. Rajeev Sharma scored 16 and Sabin Jung remained unbeaten on 17 for New Business Age.

India Embassy won the toss for the fifth straight time and invited THT to take first strike and bowled them out for 32 runs in 4.4 overs. Indian Embassy openers Sushil Sharma (13) and Alok Kumar (11) finished off the match in just 12 balls. Mohit Tenguria scored 10 runs for THT.

In Group B, Standard Chartered, who won three matches on Monday, registered their fourth victory when they defeated hosts Soaltee by five runs. Put into bat first, Standard Chartered accumulated 75-1 and restricted Soaltee for 70-1. Subash Sharma retired after scoring 34 runs and Avinash Chhetri made 10-ball 17 for the winners. Bibek Sharma scored unbeaten 17 and Sanjeev Rai made 16 for Soaltee. In the other Group A match, Pakistan Embassy (40-1) beat Bottlers Nepal (38-2) by five wickets.

In Group C, Kantipur Group won one match and lost one to accumulate six points from four matches. Kantipur (68-4) defeated NIC Bank (41-0) by 27 runs, while Surya Nepal (63-3) beat Kantipur (62-2) by one run. In the other match, Mibit Dahal retired after scoring 32 runs and Arjun Shrestha scored an unbeaten 24 as Siddhartha Bank chased Nabil Bank’s 75-5 without loss in 4.4 overs.

In Group D, Kumari Bank won two matches and lost one. Kumari Bank (48-0) thrashed NMB Bank (44-0) by six wickets and outplayed FedEx Express by five wickets in the other match. Kumari Bank scored 60-1 in 4.5 overs chasing Fedex Express’ 59-0.

The main sponsors of the tournament, Spice Nepal (42-0) outplayed Kumari Bank (41-1) by six wickets.