The match twelfth of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL 2021) was fought between the Muzaffarabad tigers and the Bagh Stallions.
Muzaffarabad Tigers outclass Bagh Stallions whilst chasing KPL’s highest target
Today’s first match favored the Tigers despite Stallions’ brilliant efforts with the bat in the first inning. Power hitting by Anwar Ali and Wasim Jr. made the victory possible for the Tigers letting them to the playoffs of the contest.
During the opening inning, the smoky inning of Iftikhar Ahmed of Stallions kept the Tigers of Muzaffarabad scorched in the heat. It looked like a hard-to-chase target at first but tables were turned during Tigers’ dead overs.
Playing first, Stallions tallied 213 runs on the scoreboard to claim the title of the biggest total of the tournament but the extraordinary batting of Anwar Ali and Mohammad Wasim Jr. knocked out Stallions.
Captain Shan Masood’s excellent form continued but experienced bowlers, Sohail Tanveer and Mohammad Hafeez forced Zeeshan Malik, Rohail Nazir, and Asad Shafiq to leave the field early on 11, 10, and duck respectively.
Masood added 81 runs with Iftikhar Ahmed and set his sights on a big total. Masood individually scored 65 off 40 balls with four fours and the same number of sixes. After his dismissal, Iftikhar and Aamir Yameen scored 77 runs in the last five overs.
Iftikhar exerted four fours and eight sixes off 38 balls and played an extraordinary inning of 86*. It was his aggressive innings that made Stallions with the biggest total of the tournament. Yameen played a charming inning of 41* off 21 balls while Muhammad Hafeez bowled two wickets for Muzaffarabad Tigers.
Tigers gave a choking answer and totaled 74 runs in the power play for the wicket of Malik Nisar. Century-maker Zeeshan Ashraf could score only 21 runs off 17 balls while Asif targetted Mohammad Hafeez on 1 and caused double damage to Muzaffarabad Tigers.
When Sohaib Maqsood joined Sohail Akhtar, both of them tried to make up for the initial loss. Sohail Akhtar hit four and two sixes off 17 balls. Unfortunately, he became the scapegoat of Aamir Sohail with 26 runs.
Maqsood procured 60 off 40 balls with eight fours and two sixes. 46 runs were needed in the last four overs. Anwar Ali and Mohammad Waseem Jr. blew four sixes to reach a record total in the 19th over. Anwar Ali scored 42* off just 18 balls and Mohammad Wasim Jr. scored 31 * off 9 balls. Asif and Amir Sohail bowled two wickets each.
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