Sudurpaschim Province has booked a spot in the final of the ongoing U-19 National Tournament. Sudurpaschim thrashed Bagmati Province on Friday at Mulpani Cricket Ground to remain unbeaten in the group stage. On the other hand, Bagmati will rely on Lumbini’s result against Madhesh on Saturday. If Lumbini beats Madhesh, they progress, and if they lose by a considerable margin, then Bagmati will be through to the final.
Electing to bat first didn’t quite work for Bagmati, as they were wrapped up for 124 in 28.4 overs. Shockingly, seven batters were dismissed for a duck. Pratik Shrestha scored 44, while Roshan BK smashed an unbeaten 36 from 24 balls.
Aakash Chand was the pick of a bowler, grabbing four wickets (5.4-1-12-4). He dismissed all four batters for a duck. Hemant Dhami and Naren Saud also pocketed three and two wickets.
In reply, Sudurpaschim chased the total in just 19.1 overs, losing three wickets. Skipper Anurag Singh and Milan Bohara scored 39* and 33 runs, respectively. Gajendra Bohara finished things by smacking 19 runs from 9 balls. Roshan BK picked up a couple of wickets for Bagmati.
Bagmati had a fascinating start to the tournament, winning four matches in a row. However, they are doubtful to book a place in the final after the loss in the previous two matches. Meanwhile, Sudurpaschim defeated every opponent to grab 12 points from six matches.