Kathmandu, January 19
The Armed Police Force (APF Club) have beaten Nepal Police Club (NPC) by 21 runs in the final of the Prime Minister Cup (PM Cup) held at the TU Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
The APF, who had been put into bat by NPC, scored 157 in their innings with Amar Routela top-scoring with 29 runs. Routela’s innings came in handy for the APF who struggled to get going despite Lokesh Bam and Sundeep Jora getting starts.
Dipendra Singh Airee starred with the ball, picking up three wickets giving up just 22 runs. Airee was helped by Sagar Dhakal and Gulshan Jha, who were also quite impressive with their bowling.
In reply, the NPC struggled from the start as they lost the opener, Pawan Sarraf, in the first ball of the innings. Even though Airee played handy innings of 65, he did not get the support he needed as the NPC’s bowlers Kishore Mahato, Abinash Bohora and Amar Routela continued to pick up wickets at regular intervals. Ultimately, the APF won the match by 21 runs.
The APF’s Mahato was judged the player of the match for his impressive bowling performance as he picked up three wickets for just 17 runs. Similarly, Aasif Sheikh from the APF was judged the player of the series as he top-scored with 227 runs in the tournament.