Anwar Ali and Mohammad Wasim Jr came hard at Bagh Stallions’ bowlers in the death overs as Muzaffarabad Tigers chased 214 runs target comfortably in the second last over of the innings on Thursday.
Iftikhar punished Tigers as the middle-order batsman played a fabulous unbeaten knock of 86 to help his side post 213 on the board, but the bowlers disappointed Tigers’ fans. In the first game of the revised schedule second half, Muzaffarabad Tigers won the toss and elected to ball first in the morning game. Stallions lost three early wickets in the initial phase as Zeeshan Malik (11), Rohail Nazir (10) and Asad Shafiq (0) got out without major contributions.
When Iftikhar Ahmad joined Shan Masood, both went on to score 81 for the fourth wicket before the latter lost his wicket for 65 off 40. Iftikhar Ahmad and Amir Yamin punished Tigers’ bowlers for fun as both scored 77 in just five overs at the back end to help Stallions post 213 in 20 overs. Iftikhar scored unbeaten 86 off 38 while Yamin made unbeaten 41. Tigers’ skipper Mohammad Hafeez took two wickets.
Starting a chase of 214 runs, Tigers lost Malik Nisar’s wicket early but still managed to score 74 runs in the powerplay. Their wickets kept on falling regularly as batsmen struggled to produce successful partnerships. Notable contributions came from Sohaib Maqsood and Sohail Akhtar who scored 60 off 40 and 26 off 17 respectively.
Both lost their wickets before the game entered the death overs where their team required 46 in the last four overs with Anwar Ali and Mohammad Wasim up for the task at the 22 yards. Anwar Ali scored 42 off 18 while Mohammad Wasim Jr played an outstanding unbeaten knock of 31 off just 9 balls, helping Tigers chase Stallions’ 214-run target in the second last over of the innings. Umaid Asif and Amir Sohail claimed two wickets each.
SCORES IN BRIEF
MUZAFFARABAD TIGERS 214/6 in 18.4 ov (Sohaib Maqsood 60, Anwar Ali 42, M Wasim Jr 31; Amir Sohail 2/37, Umaid Asif 2/45) beat BAGH STALLIONS 213/4 in 20 ov (Iftikhar Ahmed 86, Shan Masood 65, Aamir Yamin 41; M Hafeez 2/24) by 4 wickets.
OVERSEAS WARRIORS 133/3 in 13.1 ov (Revised Target: 132 in 18 overs; Nasir Nawaz 56, Naveed Malik 45, Asif Afridi 2/29) beat RAWALAKOT HAWKS 145/9 in 20 ov (Umer Amin 54, Hussain Talat 23; Abbas Afridi 5/18, Sohail Khan 3/28) by 7 wickets.