MUZAFFARABAD: Mirpur Royals downed Overseas Warriors by four wickets in the Eliminator 1 to qualify for the second eliminator of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) here at Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Royals chased Warriors one-sixty-one runs target on the 4th delivery of the 19th over. They would face Rawalakot Hawks in the Eliminator 2 on Monday (16th of August, 2021). In the first eliminator, Mirpur Royals won the toss and elected to ball first against Overseas Warriors. Warriors failed to get off to a positive start and lost their first 3 wickets for just thirty-one inside power-play. Azam Khan scored quick 20 off 13 while Khurram Manzoor lost his wicket for just 15, team being into further trouble.
Agha Salman rescued his side as he scored a much needed half century to help his side cross 150 with some help of Rumman Raees. The right hander scored fifty-nine off just twenty-six balls and added 8 fours and 3 sixes in his outstanding knock that helped Warriors post one-hundred-and -sixty on the board. Shadab Majeed got four wickets for forty-five while Salman Irshad and Sameen Gul also got two scalps each.
Mukhtar Ahmad (19) and Sharjeel Khan got off to a positive start of 27 while the later produced another 41 runs partnership alongside Mohammad Akhlaq (twenty-six) on the second wicket. When Sharjeel got out for 30 off 17 in the 8th over, Royald had reached seventy-six, having lost 3 top order batsmen. Shoaib Malik produced a forty-five runs stand alongside Hasaan Khan who got out for 20 off 15 in the 13th over, team had reached one-twenty-one by then.
Khushdil Shah’s twenty-one off 8 with 2 fours and maximums made the job easy for the skipper Shoaib Malik who remained not out for 27 off thirty-four. Kashif Ali contributed with his 12 runs not out inning as Royals reached 162 in the second last over. Sohail Khan sent 2 batsmen back towards the pavilion.
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