Armed Police Force (APF) club has registered their third win in the ongoing PM Cup national one-day tournament. Aasif Sheikh scored a century in APF’s 44 run victory over Karnali Province.
Opting to bat first at TU Cricket Ground, Aasif Sheikh’s sole effort helped APF post 234 before being bowled out in 47.2 overs. Aasif scored 130 from 136 balls with 15 fours and one six. He missed the record of being the first-ever batter to carry the bat in PM Cup history, as he was the last man to be dismissed. Bhuwan Karki and Pradeep Airee assisted 23 and 20 runs for their side, next highest was extra (19). Dipendra Rawat and Prakash Jaisi pocketed three wickets each for Karnali.
In reply, Karnali were wrapped up for 190 runs in 48.1 overs. Skipper Rabindra Jung Shahi’s courageous 80 runs were not enough, with not much support from other batters. He, too, could not carry the bat as the opener was the last man to be dismissed. Bipin Shahi and Arjun Gharti contributed 34 and 27 runs respectively. For APF, Mousom Dhakal was again brilliant with the ball picking up four wickets. Bhuwan Karki and Kamal Airee also grabbed a pair of wickets each.
Sheikh was adjudged as Player of the match for his scintillating ton.
APF are on top of group A with seven points from four matches, followed by Gandaki with five points from three matches.