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MUZAFFARABAD: Mirpur Royals finished second in the league stage when they defeated Muzaffarabad Tigers by five wickets in their final league game of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) here today (Friday).
The main architects of Mirpur Royals win were Khushdul Shah and Mohammad Akhlaq who played glorious innings to enable their team chase the 228-run target with just two balls to spare. Khushdil smacked eight fours and three sixes in his 22-ball fiery 56 not out while Akhlaq hammered an 18-ball 42, smacking seven fours and one six. Akhlaq added an 85 runs for the third wicket stand with skipper Shoaib Malik who chipped in with a fine 28-ball 46. Malik hit five fours and one six in his solid knock.
Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Arshad Iqbal, Anwar Ali and Arsalan Arif got one wicket each. Earlier, skipper Mohammad Hafeez led from the front by smacking a 55-ball 110 to enable Muzaffarabad Tigers to post 227-6. Hafeez added 108 for the opening stand with Zeeshan Ashraf as the wicketkeeper batsman hammered a 27-ball 49, striking four sixes and the same number of fours.
Shadab Majeed (2-30) and Amad Butt (2-35) got two wickets each.
Muzaffarabad Tigers ended third at the points table with six points to their credit. Meanwhile in the other game Kotli Lions defeated Overseas Warriors by eight wickets, their first win. Kamran Akmal (60), Ahsan Ali (56*), Junaid Ali (51) and Asif Ali (34*) enabled Kotli Lions to achieve the 212-run target after losing just two wickets.
Earlier, Overseas Warriors posted 211-6 thanks to fine batting from Nasir Nawaz (66), Haider Ali (62) and Azam Khan (51). Khurram Shehzad got 3-39. Overseas Warriors finished fourth with four points, surpassing Bagh Stallions (4pts) on net run-rate.
In the Qualifier tomorrow Rawalakot Hawks will face Muzaffarabad Tigers while in the eliminator on Sunday Mirpur Royals will lock horns with the Overseas Warriors.