DHANGADHI, Jan 21: Pentagon College, Kathmandu thrashed Durga Laxmi Multiple Campus, Kailali by 101 runs in the inaugural match of the third edition of Hotel Devotee SPA Cup inter-college cricket tournament, in Dhangadhi, Kailali on Monday. Following the win, Pentagon secured berth in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Durga Laxmi won the toss and elected to field. Batting first, Pentagon put up 199/8 in the allotted 20 overs as Naresh Budhayer blasted 59 runs and Pushpa Thapa scored an unbeaten 56 runs.
Opener Mahesh Chhetri (9 runs) and Mehboob Alam (24 runs) gave a good start to Pentagon with a 43-run stand in 3.4 overs. Janak Kunwar dismissed both Chhetri and Alam.
To guide Pentagon to the huge total, Budhayer struck eight fours and two sixes in his 35-ball innings. Thapa hit five fours and a six in his unbeaten knock as Durga Laxmi dropped his catch four times.
Durga Laxmi bowlers Kunwar and Subodh Bhatta claimed two wickets each.
Chasing the mammoth total, Durga Laxmi was all out for 98 runs in 18.4 overs. Gyanendra Kunwar (22 runs) and Bhuwan Malla (21 runs) were the highest scorers for Durga Laxmi. Puran Thapa and Mahendra Bhattarai added 12 runs each while rest of the batsmen failed to reach double figures.
Binod Chhetri sent the first three batsmen back to the pavilion while man-of-the-match Budhayer took four wickets to wrap up Durga Laxmi´s innings. Budhayer bowled 3.4 overs and gave away 20 runs to claim the four wickets. He received Rs 5,000.
Kailali Multiple Campus will take on Tikapur Multiple Campus and Aishwarya Vidya Niketan will lock horns with Ghodaghodi Campus, Sukhad on Tuesday. The tournament is organized by Sudur Paschimanchal Academy.