Twin centuries from Anil, Mahesh propel Army to finals

Kathmandu- Anil Mandal and Mahesh Chettri scored centuries in the semi final of senior national cricket tournament 2015 that helped Tribhuwan Army outplay Baitadi by 118 runs to enter the finals at TU Ground, Kritipur on Monday.

Anil Mandal scored 134 runs off 143 balls with 14 fours and one six while Mahesh’s innings of 128 runs off 128 balls included 15 fours. It was second time in the tournament that the duo had put on a 200 runs plus partnership. Earlier they had put on 215 runs for the first wicket. Both batsman got out to tournament’s leading wicket taker Kamal Airee who has now 15 wickets to his name.

This was Anil’s third century in this year’s tournament with his previous century knocks coming against Janakpur and Birgunj. In the meantime, he became the first batsman in the history of senior national cricket to score three centuries in a single tournament.
Army posted 329/6 in allotted overs and restricted Baitadi for 211 runs.

Sompal Kami who played his first match after returning from Sri Lanka took three wickets for Army while Rahul BK got two. Prashant Bist batting at No. 8 scored a quickfire 62 runs off 45 balls.

Army will meet APF in the final tomorrow at TU Ground, Kritipur.

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