Muzaffarabad: What an outing for crowd at the stadium, where they saw a games with many shades. At one time, home side, Muzaffarabad Tigers were on top, however they were timely dragged back and Overseas Warriors claimed a fascinating victory by nine runs. Warriors now are the second best team, with five points, after Rawalakot Hawks, with as many points but their run-rate is better.
In thirteenth match of the Kingdom Valley Kashmir Premier League (KPL), season two, Warriors’ opener Umer Zeeshan was snapped up by Mir Hamza, in the first over, for just one.
It seems like Overseas Warriors’ captain Asad Shafiq carried forward his last innings’ touch however he perished on 23 off 11 with four boundaries.
Half of their side went back to the hut on a meagre tally of 55 runs.
Saif Badar, however, stood on one end while wickets were falling at the other side. Badar stroked a fifty and remained unbeaten on 57 (three fours and four sixes) and Warriors managed 147/9 runs in 20 overs.
Arshad Iqbal, with 3-17, was the chief destroyer.
Muzaffarabad Tigers started off confidently but tight bowling and fielding earned Warriors valuable wickets as Tigers were pushed to the wall as five of their batters went back to the dugout on just 59.
At this point in time, Ameer Hamza (31 off 24), Anwar Ali (17 off 24) lit-up hopes however Tigers fell short by nine runs. They scored 138 runs for the loss of nine wickets.
Ali Shafiq, Farhan Shafiq and Muhammad Shehzad claimed two wickets each.
Saif Badar was declared player of the match.