Kathmandu- Jitendra Mukhiya who played his first match after recovering from injury that kept him out from the national team form ICC WC Div 2 came out with match wining figures of 9-1-19-4 for Nepal Army against R-1 Biratnagar that saw his team beat R-1 by two wickets in the Senior National Cricket Tournament 2015 on Monday.
Jitendra presented a economical spell of 9 overs conceding a median and picking up four wickets to restrict Biratnagar to 191/10 in 47.4 overs after Biratnagar won the toss and batted first. Biratnagar were 65/6 in 23.2 overs but a brief partnership of 64 runs from Manjeet Shrestha and Jugal Chaudhary for the seventh wicket lifted their hopes of putting a good total on the board.
Manjeet fell to Jitendra for 37 runs when Biratnagar’s score was 129 runs. Manoj Mandal soon followed him in the very next delivery leaving Biratnagar 129/8 in 37 overs. However, Jugal Chaudhary who top scored for Biratnagar with 43 runs off 62 balls shared another partnership of 54 runs for ninth wicket that helped Biratnagar post 191 runs on the board before being all out in 47.4 overs. Apart for Mukhiya, Rahul BK and Avinash Karn picked two wickets each for Nepal Army.
Chasing 192, fifties from former Nepal openers Anil Mandal and Mahesh Chetri helped Nepal Army overcome Biratnagar’s total with two wicket and 42 balls remaining. Anil scord 54 rusn while Mahesh top scored for Army with 61 runs. Siddhant Lohani grabbed another four-fer of the day for Biratnagar.