KATHMANDU, Feb 22: Armed Police Force (APF) registered 19-run victory over Western Region to lift the title of Indian Ambassador´s Cricket Cup T20 Tournament on Wednesday. It was APF´s fourth title in five tournaments.
Winning the toss, APF scored 144 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs.
Chasing the total of 145 runs, Western Region could manage to score 125 runs losing nine wickets.
APF did not start its innings well as it lost opener Dipendra Chaudhary on duck. Subash Khakurel and Sharad Vesawakar shared a 40-run partnership for the second wicket. Khakurel was dropped by wicketkeeper Subash Pradhan on two and Vesawakar was dropped by Rahul BK. Khakurel was out scoring 23 runs off 31 balls while Vesawakar scored 17 runs off 16 balls.
Skipper Paras Khadka scored 39 runs off 41 balls with five boundaries. Khadka was also dropped by Krishna Karki earlier. Mehboob Alam scored 21 runs while Gyanendra Malla scored 20 runs off nine balls.
Rahul BK and Krishna Karki grabbed two wickets each while Dipesh Khatri and Saurab Khanal shared a wicket each.
Subash Pradhan and Fazlur Rehman gave a good start to Western Region as they shared a 33-run partnership for the first wicket. Pradhan gave away his wicket with 27 runs off 35 balls. With the fall of Pradhan, Western continued to lose its wickets. Rahul BK scored 17 runs while Rehman was out on 12 runs.
Basanta Regmi and Sanjam Regmi grabbed three wickets each while Paras Khadka took a wicket. Basanta Regmi was awarded with the man-of-the-final award and received Rs 5,000.
With the win, APF bagged Rs 150,000 while Western Region received Rs 100,000. Subash Khakurel was named player-of-the series for his 195 runs off 145 balls in three matches. Khakurel received Rs 25,000.