Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane had a good first outing on his Caribbean Premier League (HERO CPL) debut for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots but the result of the match was not something he would have liked for as Guyana Amazon Warriors had the better of SKN Patriots by a comfortable margin of more than 20 deliveries to spare to chase down their total.
SKN Patriots captain Chris Gayle played the lone-hand in his franchise’s total of 146/5 in 20 overs, making 86 runs off 65 deliveries. But Guyana’s Shimron Hetmyer played an unbeaten knock of 79 runs off only 45 deliveries to win the game for his team.
Sandeep bowled the best figures on the night among both the team’s bowling charts with a spell of 2/12 off his 4 overs, matched only by Guyana’s Keemo Paul’s effort of 2/16 off his 4 overs.
Sandeep’s wickets included the scalps of Guyana’s opener Chadwick Walton and middle-order bat, Jason Mohammed.
With games coming thick and fast for all the franchises, Sandeep Lamichhane will be almost guaranteed a spot in the starting XI for all the games he would be part of before his departure at the end of the month to join Nepal’s national team for Asia Cup qualifiers in Malaysia.
What has helped his case even more is the fact that he played in the recently concluded Global Canada T20 league in Toronto, where he played for and against many of the West Indies players involved in 2018 CPL, including the likes of his SKN Patriots teammates Gayle, Evin Lewis, Bramdon King and others.