Army Club's battling innings sets a 182-run challenge for Nepal Police in PM Cup finals
Bibek Yadav's resilient half century leads Army's fightback
KATHMANDU: The Tribhuvan Army Club has laid down a formidable challenge by posting a target of 182 runs for Nepal Police in the highly anticipated final of the Prime Minister Cup Men’s National Cricket Tournament 2024.
Choosing to bat first after winning the toss at the Tribhuvan University cricket ground, the Army Club completed their innings at 181 runs in 49.4 overs, losing all wickets.
Bibek Yadav emerged as the hero for the Army Club, showcasing resilience with a significant half-century, contributing 63 runs to stabilize the innings during the early challenges.
Sompal Kami, Imran Sheikh, and Kushal Malla played crucial supporting roles, contributing 39, 28, and 17 runs, respectively.
In response, Nepal Police's Lalit Rajbangshi and Dipendra Singh Airee exhibited an impressive bowling display, claiming three wickets each.
Sagar Dhakal, Karan KC, and Kushal Burtel also made impactful contributions, each securing one wicket to curtail the Army Club's innings.
Police Club, maintaining an undefeated streak, secured the top spot by triumphing in all nine league matches.
Meanwhile, Army Club, securing the second position with 14 points from nine games, including seven wins and two losses, solidified their place in the finals.
The league stage had witnessed a close encounter where Army Club suffered a narrow 13-run defeat against Police, setting the stage for an enthralling final with both teams poised for an intense battle for the Prime Minister Cup.