DHANGADHI — Kathmandu Goldens has defeated Dhangadhi Team Chauraha by seven wickets at the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL) cricket tournament in the opening match underway at Seti Zone Police Cricket Ground in Dhangadhi on Saturday.
Sent in to bat first after losing the toss, Dhangadhi Team Chauraha had set a 146-run target for Kathmandu Goldens. In reply, chasing the 146-run target set by Team Chauraha, Kathmandu Goldens achieved the target in 18.4 overs, losing only three wickets.
Amit Shrestha top-scored with 81 runs studded with four sixes and nine fours off 65 balls and remained not out leading the team to victory.
Similarly, Naresh Budayair made 24 runs including two sixes and one four off 18 balls while Jaykishan Anilbhai Kolsawala contributed 16 runs including one six and one four off 13 balls before being bowled out by Samsad Sheikh.
Samsad Sheikh and Sunil Dhamala took two and one wickets each for Team Chauraha. Likewise, K Mahato and Sunny Patel, and Rashaid Khan claimed one wicket each.
Dhangadhi Team Chauraha made 145 runs losing six wickets in the allotted 20 overs. Snil Dhamala made top-scored with 68 runs including eight fours and two sixes off 57 balls, S Rana made 36 runs including five fours off 31 balls while R Rijal hit 11 rusn off eight balls and remained not out.
Total of six teams Dhangadhi Team Chauraha, Kathmandu Goldens, Biratnagar Kings, CYC Attariya, Mahendranagar United, Rupandehi Challengers are taking part in the tournament.Follow @gorkhapost
France beats Croatia 4-2 to clinch 2nd World Cup title
MOSCOW — France has clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals in Moscow on Sunday in the highest-scoring final since 1966.
France led 2-1 at halftime courtesy of the first own-goal and the first video-reviewed penalty in a World Cup final. The own-goal off the top of Mario Mandzukic’s head was the 12th of the tournament.
Argentine referee Nestor Pitana initially didn’t call the handball but awarded the spot kick after a video review – the first time in a World Cup final. Antoine Griezmann converted the penalty to put France back in front.
Croatia rallied to equalize with a terrific left-foot strike by Ivan Perisic; however France took the lead right back when Perisic handled the ball in his own penalty area.
The match was temporarily disrupted when four pitch invaders ran onto the field in the 52nd minute before being dragged away by security and police.
Punk rock group Pussy Riot quickly claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion via social media, saying it was a protest aimed at ending illegal arrests of protesters and to allow political competition in Russia.
Play resumed and France quickly took a 4-1 lead with goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the 59th and 65th minutes.
Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For France, it was a first World Cup crown since winning on home soil in 1998.Follow @gorkhapost