KATHMANDU — Nepali leg spinner Sandeep Lamichhane ended his debut season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a high note as he claimed three wickets to defeat the Mumbai Indians during the 55th match of the tournament played at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.
Along with Lamichhane, Amit Mishra and Harshal Patel took three wickets each and Trent Boult claimed one for Delhi Daredevil to defeat Mumbai Indians by 11 runs.
With the defeat, Mumbai Indians’ lost all hopes to qualify for the IPL 2018 playoffs. After their loss, Rajasthan Royals made it to the play-offs.
After winning the toss, Delhi scored 174 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Rishab Pant top scored for Delhi with his flamboyant knock of 64 runs off 44 deliveries with four cracking fours and four towering sixes.
In replay,Mumbai fell short of 11 runs to Delhi and failed to qualify for play-off with just six wins out of 14 matches this season.
Lamichhane, playing his third match for the Delhi Daredevils, was given the responsibility to open the bowling attack and he did not disappoint the team as he claimed the wicket of Surya Kumar Yadav in the fourth ball of the very first over.
In his three match IPL stint, Lamichhane took a total of 5 wickets for the Delhi Daredevils. Earlier, in his debut match against the Royal Challengers Banglore on May 12, Lamichhane took 1-25. On Friday, Lamichhane took 1-21 against Chennai Super Kings.
Yadav had battered Lamichhane’s three balls hitting a four, six and stealing another two runs before being caught by Vijay Shanker at long-on.
With high in confidence, Lamichhane bamboozled batsmen Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandaya with his googly, both caught at outfield in the 10 overs.
Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard hit hard Lamichhane’s delivery in 9.1 overs but Lamichhane’s teammates Glen Maxwell and Trent Boult displayed some sensational fielding at the long-off.
Maxwell ran towards his left and took a reverse-cupped catch, but he was falling over so he threw the ball to Boult who was there in time for the assist.
Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya was Lamichhane’s next victim in 9.4 overs.
After making IPL debut against Birat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, Lamichhane picked the maiden wicket of left handed batsman Parthiv Patel trapped leg before the wicket with impressive figure of 4-0-24-1.
Nepali bowler Lamichhane also won the stylish player of the match against CSK and collected purse of INRs 1,00,000.
Delhi Daredevils had brought Sandeep Lamichhane for the base price of INRs 20 lakhs for this year’s IPL tournament.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.