Nepal Storm advance to semi-finals

Kathmandu, June 27

Nepal Storm advanced to the semi-finals of the Asian Club Premier League here at the TU Stadium today.

Storm thrashed Afghanistan Bulls by 63 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method and maintained their unbeaten run in four matches to make it to the last four. Opting to bat first, Bulls scored 126-8 in their allotted 20 overs. In reply, Storm raced to 93 without loss in just 7.4 overs before rain forced the players off the field. No further play was possible and the par score at that stage was 30 runs.

Storm openers Pawan Chandel, who scored 68 off 30 balls, and Gaurav Barabade (21 off 16) were at the crease when rain stopped the match. Earlier, Gaurav Sharma scored 34 off 39 balls and Parwinder Manhera contributed 29-ball 30. Malwinder took 2-13 for Bulls.

In another match, Bangladesh Tigers recorded an eight-run win against Indian Stars. Tigers scored 139-5 after electing to bat and restricted Stars for 131-7 for their third victory.

Tigers posted a fighting total riding on Quazi Zeesan Ahmed’s unbeaten 46-ball 48 and Sanjog Binkar’s 39 off 26 balls. Mohd Karim added 22-ball 31. Kuldeep Singh (2-5) and Amar Karanwal (2-29) shared four wickets between them for Stars, while Deepak Chauhan took 1-27.

In reply, Simrat Bawa remained unbeaten on 27-ball 39 and Gurmeet Singh scored 32 off 26 balls for Stars. Tigers’ Mohd Karim (2-16) and Ibrahim (2-19) shared took four wickets.