Paras beat Gyanendra

KATHMANDU: The Paras-XI team defeated Gyanendra-XI by six wickets in the Senior Team Practice Match for ACC Elite Cup here at the Tribhuvan University Stadium today.

Electing to bat first Gyanendra-XI were all out for 214 in their allotted 50 overs and Paras-XI overcame the target in 45.1 overs losing six wickets. Paras-XI were looking dangerous with 81-5 on the board after Amrit Bhattarai picked up three wickets but a 114-run stand between Binod Bhandari and Mehboob Alam took the match away from Gyanendra-XI.

In his 73-ball innings, Alam made 69 runs with six fours and two sixes while Binod played a composed innings to remain unbeaten on 58 with two fours and two sixes. Pradeep Ayree was the other notable contributor with 36 runs that included three fours and two sixes. Opener Subhas Khakurel (17) and Sunam Gautam (13) made runs in double figures. Binod Das, Basanta Regmi and Shakti Gauchan picked up one wicket each.

Earlier, Sharad Vesawkar made 74 to help Gyanendra-XI pose a competitive total when the side was struggling on 6-87 in 26 overs. Sharad shared a 103-run partnership with Amrit Bhattarai (45) whose innings included two sixes and as many boundaries. Sharad’s 97-ball knock included seven hits to the fence.

Shakti Gauchan (25), skipper Gyanendra Malla (24) and Rom Shrestha (10) crossed the double figure mark. Sanjam

Regmi was the pick of the Paras-XI bowlers with figures of 4-30. Rahul BK

and skipper Paras Khadka picked up two wickets each while left-arm

seamer Mehboob Alam bagged one.