Triton International College won the Spice Classic Inter-college Twenty20 Cricket Tournament defeating Classic College International (CCI) ‘A’ by eight runs here at the Tribhuvan University Stadium today.
Electing to bat first after skipper Bijay Gautam won the toss, Triton scored 154-9 in their allotted 20 overs and packed the hosts CCI for 146 runs in the penultimate ball of their innings.
Man-of-the-match Prabin Joshi hit 49 off 47 deliveries with five sixes and a four and shared a 72-run second wicket partnership with Amit Shrestha (41).
Amit hit six fours and a six in his fiery 27-ball knock. Also, Santosh Baral chipped in 20 off just 10 balls that included two fours and a six. Their total was bolstered with 22 sundries.
Naresh Budhayer claimed 3-30 from his three-over spell, while Bhuwan Karki grabbed two wickets. Krishna Karki, Rahul Pratap Singh and Rahul BK snared one wicket each for Classic.
In reply, CCI made a flying start with wicketkeeper-batsman Binod Bhandari and Sagar Pun (16) adding 40 runs for the first wicket inside five overs. Binod hit two sixes and a four in his 34-ball 36, while Sagar scored 16 off 15 balls including three fours.
Binod then added another 41 runs for the second wicket with skipper Naresh Budhayer, who hit three fours and a six in his 33-ball 36. CCI were cruising through nicely before a late collapse. No 7 Hasim Ansari (15) was the next best contributor for CCI as they lost last seven wickets for 65 runs.
For Triton, Rajesh Pulami (2-22), Rupesh Shrivastav (2-24) and Manjeet Shrestha (2-37) shared six wickets among them, while four of the CCI batsmen were run out.
Naresh Budhayer of CCI, who scored 105 runs and picked up 11 wickets, was adjudged the man-of-the-series, while his teammate Binod Bhandari — who scored 153 runs in three matches including a century against TU in the semi-final match on Monday — was declared the best batsman of the tournament.
Rahul Pratap Singh of CCI ‘A’ was adjudged the best bowler of the tournament. He took seven wickets in three matches. Prabin Joshi of Triton was named the man-of-the-match.
Rector of Tribhuvan University, Prof Dr Surya Lal Amatya among others handed over the prizes to the winners.