Lumbini All-Stars bowled out Kathmandu Knights for 81, the tournament’s second-lowest total, and grabbed a mammoth 102 runs victory. After a big win, it is confirmed that Lumbini All-Stars will end up as league leaders.
Opting to bat first, Lumbini piled up 183/4 in the stipulated 17 overs. Opener Harmeet Singh hammered 36-ball 70 runs with eight biggies. Gulshan Jha used as a floater smacked 11-ball 21 whereas Anil Sah finished the inning with an unbeaten 16 runs from five balls. Meanwhile, Dipendra Singh Airee was dismissed for a duck.
Avinash Bohara picked up three wickets for Kathmandu. Basir Ahamad also grabbed a couple of scalps.
In reply, Knights were wrapped up for a mere 81 runs in 15.4 overs. Spinners picked up eight wickets as only one over of fast bowling was introduced. Harry Tector, Ishan Pandey, and Kushal Bhurtel grabbed a couple of wickets each. Bipul Sharma, Kishore Mahato, and Harmeet Singh also pocketed one each.
Basir Ahamad scored the highest (22) runs for the Knights. Three batters were dismissed for a duck.
With one match in hand, Lumbini now has 16 points. Meanwhile, Janakpur Royals are in the second position with ten points from eight matches. Even if they win the remaining matches they can’t surpass Lumbini at the top. Kathmandu is in the third spot with eight points followed by Pokhara Avengers with six points.