Chitwan Tigers made a winning start in the fourth edition of the Everest Premier League (EPL) T20 Tournament as they defeat the Biratnagar Warriors by two wickets.
In the second match of EPL, held at the Tribhuvan University cricket ground today, the Tigers successfully chase the 152-run target set by the Warriors in 20 overs.
For the Tigers, Rajesh Pulami played a match-winning knock of 43 (39b) runs. He also hit the winning run in the last ball of the innings and remained unbeaten with two boundaries and two sixes. Bhim Sharki blasted five boundaries and a six in his innings of 30 runs from 19 balls, at the top. Dilip Nath added 23 runs, Karim Janat and Ishan Pandey contributed 19 and 10 runs respectively.
In bowling, the Warriors’ Sikandar Raza and Karan KC took two wickets each.
Earlier, the Warriors which was invited to bat first after losing the toss notched up 151 runs in 20 overs at the loss of nine wickets. Sikandar Raza top-scored with 67 runs with seven sixes and two fours in 47 balls.
Anil Sah scored 32 runs while Rayyan Pathan, Chandrapaul Hemraj, and Captain Karan KC could not hit a double-digit score. Sumit Maharjan, Pratish GC, and Aasif Sheikh failed to score. Saurabh Khanal played an unbeaten cameo towards the end and 30 runs from 19 balls including three boundaries and two sixes.
Sompal Kami, Kamal Airie, Karim Janat, and Sagar Dhakal took two wickets each.
With this victory, Chiwan has accumulated two points. Biratnagar will meet Kathmandu Kings Eleven and Chitwan will face the Bhairahawa Gladiators on Monday.