A very well contested professional T20 league called the Pokhara Premier League (PPL) is soon to come to an end in Nepal, with just one match left to be played. True to the name of the league, Pokhara Paltan is the team that topped the league table and with that, they automatically booked their spot in the final. Only the top three teams make the playoff stage of this tournament.
Earlier today, there was an eliminator match played between Chitwan Rhinos and Hulas Kathmandu Royals, with the former progressing and marking their entry into the final as well. As for today’s game, it was a real disappointment not just for the Royals, but for cricket fans in general, wrapping up much quicker than we expected.
The Royals batted first and they only managed a score of 94 all out, which we can very easily call a pathetic effort, especially on a big match day, where a spot in the finals was up for grabs. Only wicket keeper Jaykrishan Kolsawal (25) and captain Gyanendra Malla (30) managed to get to double digit scores as Sunny Patel continued his good season, picking up 3/9 in his quota of 4 overs.
Chasing 95 was never going to be a tough ask, even if this was a T10 game, although it turned out much closer than we would’ve expected at the halfway stage. It took the Rhinos 18.2 overs to reach the target, possibly because they wanted to be extremely sure that they get to the final, which is scheduled for 6th November.
Sushan Bhari bowled brilliantly to pick up a few early wickets and end with 3/18 in his four overs, but the ship steadied after that as Rhinos lost only 4 wickets before they got over the line. Smit Patel (former Indian U-19 team member) ended as the top scorer with 38* but the Man of the Match award went to Sunny Patel.
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