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Bhairahawa Gladiators enters into EPL final

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KATHMANDU — Bhairahawa Gladiators has entered into the final of Everest Premiere League T-20 cricket league 2017 by defeating Lalitpur Patriots by 3 wickets in second qualifier match on Thursday.

Rohit Poudel, who scored unbeaten 28 runs from 17 deliveries, hit two consecutive sixes in first two deliveries of the last over bowled by Indian bowler Dipesh Bhandari to seal Gladiators’ place in the final.

Gladiators’ another power player, Pratham Salunke, made 32 runs in 22 deliveries at top of the innings in which he scored three back to back sixes.

Lalit Rajbanshi and Pawan Sarraf picked two wickets each for Lalitpur Patriots.

Earlier, Bhairahawa Gladiators won the toss and elected to bowl first in the Qualifier 2 of EPL 2017.

Indian all-rounder Dipesh Bhandari scored 22 runs from nine deliveries for Lalitpur Patriots to make total 132 runs in 20 overs for the loss of six wickets. Another Indian player of Patriots Jaykishan Kolsawala contributed 42 runs.

Dipesh Bhandari then smashed two fours and two sixes in the last over of the match to power Patriots score from 112 for five wickets at the end of 19th over to 132 after the 20th over.

Puneet Mishra for Bhairahawa Gladiators picked two wickets.

Lalitpur Patriots defeated Pokhara Rhinos in Eliminator to reach the second qualifier. Biratnagar Warriors has already reached the finals of the EPL yesterday after defeating Gladiators.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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