Kathmandu. With Captain Binod Bhandari’s record-breaking century and Basir’s excellent batting, Tribhuvan Army Club has given a strong target of 280 runs to Karnali Province in the Prime Minister’s Cup One-Day National Tournament.
After losing the toss at the Trivi Cricket Ground, the Army, who were invited to bat first, scored 279 runs, losing 5 wickets in 50 overs. Army’s Binod Bhandari was not out for 100 runs off 132 balls with six fours and three sixes.
Basir Ahmed was not out for 98 runs off 92 balls, with 12 fours and one six. Basir’s catch was dropped on the fifth ball of Prakash Jaisi’s last over. He tried to get two runs, but Binod did not take the risk to get two runs.
Binod completed his century by scoring two runs on the last ball. This is Binod Bhandari’s third century in Prime Minister’s Cup history. He became the first player to score three centuries in the Prime Minister’s Cup. After him, Dipendra Singh Airi of the Police scored two centuries in the same edition in 2022. This is Binod’s second century of the season. Binod, who scored 113 runs with Madhesh last week, scored 111 runs with Gandaki in 2021.
Binod and Basir shared 169 runs for the sixth wicket. This is the highest partnership for the sixth wicket. In 2019, Police’s Kushal Bhurtel and Dilip Nath shared a 139-run partnership against Karnali. The beginning of the army was not so good. Opener Imran Sheikh was edged in the fifth ball of the first over by fast bowler Prakash Jaisi and caught out by wicketkeeper Arjun Gharti for 5 runs.
Santosh Karki was dismissed for 11 runs after playing a big shot to spinner Dipendra Rawat. Rawat bowled out Bhim Sarki for 25 runs. He hit three fours on 35 balls. The Army reached 70-4 in 13 overs after Bibek Yadav was dismissed for six runs. Kushal Malla was dismissed for 21 runs off 18 balls with two sixes. After that, the army was handled by Basir and Vinod Bhandari. Dipendra Rawat of Karnali took 2 wickets for 45 runs in 9 overs. Prakash Jaisi, Dinesh Adhikari, and Dewan Pun took one wicket each.