Kanchanpur Iconic, Biratnagar Kings march on in DPL

DHANGADHI: Kanchanpur Iconic and Biratnagar Kings have emerged victorious at the ongoing Sagarmatha Cement Dhangadhi Premier League played at Seti Zone Police Office Ground in Dhangadhi on Thursday.

Binod Bhandari-led Kanchanpur Iconic defeated Paras Khadka- skippered defending champions Team Chaurah Dhangadhi by 11 runs in a dramatic fashion.

Similarly, Sarad Vesawakar-led Biratnagar Kings secured a  comprehensive victory over Gyanendra Malla-led CYC Attariya by 8 wickets.

After winning the toss, Kanchanpur Iconic opted to bat first, posted a paltry score of 105 for the loss of six wickets in their allotted 20 overs.

Sunil Dhamala top scored with 39 runs while Siddhant Lohani remained not out for 27 runs. Captain Binod Bhandari's lean patch with the bat continued as he failed for duck.

Team Chauraha Dhangadhi bowlers Ram Naresh Giri and Arif Sheikh took two wickets each.

In reply, defending champions were bowled out for 94 runs in 17.4 overs. Dhangadi were cruising nicely at one stage with 76 runs on the board for the loss of four wickets in 12 overs.

Captain Khadka batted sensibly for his 23 runs however, his downfall triggered the collapse as they lost five wickets for four runs just shy of 16 runs for victory.

Kanchanpur Iconic spearhead Avinash Karn tormented the Dhangadi batting order with his fiery spell of 3-12-0-3.  He was later adjudged with the Man-of-the-Match award.

Defending champions Dhangadhi have yet to open their account in the on-going Dhangadhi Premier League of the season.

In other second game of the day, CYC Attariya won the toss and posted a megre 92 runs on the board. Mehboob Alam top scored with 27 runs, Karan KC contributed 17 runs before skipper Gyanendra Malla hit 14 runs in loosing cause.

Sandeep Lamichanne and Jitendra Mukhiya shared five wickets between them to restrict CYC Attariya to paltry score.

Sandeep Lamichanne's leg spin tormented the CYC Attariya batting line-up as he took three scalps.

In reply, Biratnagar Kings lost two early wickets for just 2 runs on the board. However, Arif Sheikh and Dipendra Singh Airee unbroken partnership of 72 runs for second wickets propelled to victory with 49 balls to spare.

Sheikh scored blistering 46 runs off 37 balls with two sixes and a five fours. Airee contributed 26 runs with two sixes and a four.

Avinash Bohara and Sashi Keshari took a wicket each for CYC Attariya.

Later, Arif Sheikh was adjudged the man of the match.

In tomorrow's game, Rupandehi Challengers will take on Kathmandu Goldens and Team Chauraha Dhangadhi will play against CYC Attariya in second game.