Far West United vs Pokhara Avengers
Far West United vs Pokhara Avengers (CAN/Twitter)

Pokhara Avengers, on Friday (December 30), beat Far West United by 3 wickets in a high-scoring encounter to register their first win of the ongoing Nepal T20 League.

Chasing 188, the Avengers crossed the finishing line by losing 7 wickets and with 5 balls remaining. Avengers registered the win after losing their first five games. United, on the other hand, have now 4 defeats and a win in the inaugural edition of the competition.

Pokhara Avengers’ chase:

Pokhara Avengers put up a stunning show with the bat, putting up their highest total in the ongoing Nepal T20 League to register the stunning win. Chasing the big total, the Avengers remained on top of the chase throughout their innings.

Far West United vs Pokhara Avengers
Far West United vs Pokhara Avengers (Credits: CAN/Twitter)

Their openers Sumit Maharjan and Aasif Shiekh came out all guns blazing. The duo added 65 runs in just 39 balls for the first wicket. Umair Ali broke the stand when he dismissed Maharjan for 38. United soon got another wicket in the form of Upul Tharanga (11) but it did not help them get momentum.

Kushal Malla and Sheikh not only steadied the ship but laid the foundation for the win by adding 52 runs from just 30 balls before departing in quick succession. Siddhant Lohani also played a fine cameo of 23 runs from just 10 balls. The Avengers eventually reached the target on the first ball of the final over.

Far West United innings:

Earlier in the game, Far West United came up with a solid batting performance after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. While none of their batsmen could cross the 50-run mark, Far West United managed to post their highest score in the ongoing Nepal T20 League.

They crossed the 180-run mark for the first time this season as they posted a big total of 187 for 9 in the stipulated 20 overs. Openers Dev Khanal and Hasim Ansari set the foundation for the big total by adding 35 runs off just 23 balls for the first wicket.

United then lost both of their openers as well as captain Hashmatullah Shahidi in quick succession to find themselves 3 down for 69. Umair Ali and Bhim Sharki, however, did not let the Avengers capitalize on the wickets as they steadied the ship by adding 49 runs for the fourth wicket.

Unfortunately for United, both the set batsmen departed in quick succession to leave their team reeling at 120 for 5 from 118 for 3. Towards the end, Rashid Khan played a fine cameo of 32 runs from just 15 balls to help his team post the big total.

Nepal T20 League points table:

Teams Matches Won Lost Tied Points
Lumbini All Stars 5 5 0 0 10
Janakpur Royals 4 3 1 0 6
Kathmandu Knights 4 2 2 0 4
Biratnagar Super Kings 4 2 2 0 4
Far West United 5 1 4 0 2
Pokhara Avengers 6 1 5 0 2