Muzaffarabad: The sixteenth match, of the Kingdom Valley Kashmir Premier League (KPL), season two, was an started early however the century stand between young Haseebullah Khan and experienced Muhammad Hafeez was a treat for viewers. The partnership turnout vital as the Muzaffarabad Tigers outsmarted Kotli Loins to earn valuable points.
Kotli Lions, while batting first, started off with an opening stand of 69 runs, between captain Khurram Manzoor (37) and Ahsan Ali (29). The first wicket fell in the ninth over and afterwards a couple of more batters perished, leaving Tigers with 79-4. Another partnership between Sarfarz Ahmed and Danish Aziz topped up the score tally, however, when the team’s score was 130, a wicket of Danish Aziz (29) damaged the cause. Lions crawled to 156/7 in 20 overs. Sarfaraz Ahmed remained unbeaten on 33 off 29 with a solitary four. Only two sixes were hit in the Kotli innings, one each by Danish Aziz and Ahsan Ali.
In reply, Muzaffarabad Tigers lost the opener, Zeeshan Ashraf, early however Muhammad Hafeez and young Haseebullah joined hands to knit a winning tale for Tigers. They played elegant strokes in their 119-run stand.
The 18-year old, Haseebullah was first to go (67 off 50 balls), he hammered two sixes and six fours. Hafeez followed after accumulating 40-ball 62, decorated with nine fours and a six.
It was the 18th over of the innings when the rain stopped play indefinitely. The score was 149/4 in 17.4.
Muzaffarabad Tigers were declared winner, by 16 runs, over the D/L method.
Haseebullah was awarded man of the match for his brilliant innings.