Kirtipur, December 15 at 12:45 PM IST
After knocking out Chitwan Tigers by 4 wickets win in the eliminator, Bhargava Gladiators will now lock horns with Kathmandu Kings XI in the second qualifier tomorrow to know their fate.
After winning the toss, Gladiators opted to field first and invited Chtiwan Tigers to set the target. After a shaky start of 24-3, Tigers managed 139/8 on the scoreboard at the end of 20 overs with the help of crucial 56 from DS Airee. M Naveed finished 3-24 and was the pick of bowlers for Gladiators.
Coming to chase, Gladiators too felt early jolts and were reduced 20-3 but PS Airee (42 of 38) didn’t lose his calm on the other end and helped his side cope up from the blow. Little cameos from RK Paudel (24 of 14) and K Malla (27 of 13) ensured a win for Gladiators with 4 wickets remaining and 10 balls to spare.
Earlier in the Qualifier 1 between Kathmandu Kings XI and Lalitpur Patriots, Patriots turned out to be the winner by just 1 wicket in a low scoring affair. Put into bat, Kings managed 108 runs on board in the first innings and suffered 1 wickets loss on the last delivery of the match.
Now, tomorrow’s clash will reveal who will be locking horns with Lalitpur Patriots on Saturday’s final for the EPL3 title.
The 2018 TVS Everest Premier League or EPL3 is the third season of the men’s domestic Twenty20 cricket competition in Nepal. The 2016 EPL was the debut season of this single round robin and playoff tournament which is administered by EPL Pvt Ltd. A total of six sides are taking part in this tournament while Paras Khadka led Biratnagar Warriors are the reigning champions.
Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
BG Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – PS Airee
Batsmen – R Inder Singh, Aarif Sheikh, RK Paudel, Kushal Malla
All-rounder – R ten Doeschate, S Vesawkar (c)
Bowlers – Mohammad Naveed, K Karki, B Karki, A Bohara
KK Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – R Rijal
Batsmen – A Shrestha, R Mustafa (c), NB Budayair, S Lohani
All-rounder – Sagar Pun, K O’Brien, AS Routela
Bowlers – BK Bhushal, JK Mukhiya, Samsad Sheikh, P Sahu
Bhairahawa Gladiators- Pradeep Airee, Ravinder Singh, Dipesh Shrestha, Sharad Vesawkar(c), Md Arif Sheikh, Avinash Bohara, Bhuban Karki, Prakash KC, Muhammad Naveed, Rohit Kumar Paudel, Hari Shankar Sah, Ryan ten Doeschate, Bhupendra Thapa Chhetri, Kushal Malla, Krishna Karki, Anil Kharel
Kathmandu Kings XI- Sompal Kami, Puran Vishwakarma, Siddhant Lohani, Amit Shrestha, Raju Rijal, Sagar Pun, Jitendra Mukhiya, Amar Singh Routela, Bikram Bhushal, Kevin O’Brien, Rohan Mustafa, Naresh Budayair, Samsad Sheikh, Nitesh Thapa
Fantasy picks from Bhairahawa Gladiators
R Inder Sigh – 277 runs in 6 innings || R ten Doeschate – 120 runs and 6 wickets in 6 innings || PS Airee – 94 runs in 6 innings
M Naveed – 8 wickets in 4 innings || A Bohara – 6 wickets in 6 innings with an economy of 5.15
Fantasy picks from Kathmandu Kings XI
K OBrien – 184 runs and 9 wickets in 6 innings || Sagar Pun and A Shrestha – 109 runs each in 6 innings || Rohan Mustafa – 108 runs and 5 wickets in 4 innings
P Sahu – 9 wickets in 5 innings || S Sheikh – 5 wickets in 4 innings