Marina Home Kashmir Super League: Four more matches played in Ajman

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/9/2019 12:09:51 AM

JAMMU, Feb 8: Four matches were played on February 1, 2019, at the AJCC and MCC, Ajman (Dubai) that ushered MHKSL IV into the latter part of the group stage contest.
In the first game of the day, Hokarsar Rangers took on Bohrikadal Badshah -for the unprecedentedness of this contest in having taken the game to unimaginable heights – it shall form the conclusive part of this press note.
The second match of the day was played between Razay Kadal Falcons and Chrar-e-sharif Cavalry. Chrar-e-Sharif won the toss and elected to bat. Arif Ahmed was caught for naught in the first over. Unlike his prowess with the bat in earlier matches, Annayat could not hold his own and was caught in the fifth after scoring 16 runs. With three wickets down for 37 runs, the innings was steadied by their talismanic Anzar Ashraf ably assisted by Farhan Waheed – the duo scored a brisk 69 once Farhan was caught after having scored 41 runs. Another formidable partnership flourished between Anzar and Usman Tramboo with Anzar falling on 73 with the team scoreline on 173 in the eighteenth over. Chrar-e-Sharif scored 202 runs in 20 overs having lost eight wickets with a contribution of 23 & 19 runs by Tramboo and Khatana respectively. Aabid Rajab with figures of 3 for 40 was the highest wicket-taker from RKF.
When the captains, Abid Parray & Imran Malik stepped on the pitch to toss the coin, the MCC ground came across as one of the most beautiful places on this planet – its verdure brightened by a ray of glorious early afternoon sunshine and the blades of grass in perfect symphony with the gentle breeze wafting across the outfield. It was Imran’s call and he opted to bat. Having played three group matches Bohri Kadal Badshah had already lost two – a win for Badshahs’ was crucial in order to have a decent chance to go through into the quarter-finals. The performances of Tajamul Wani in the previous matches belied his prowess with the bat but he assumed his true avatar against Hokarsar.
The opening pair of Imran & Tajamul put up a decent partnership of 37 runs in 2.4 overs before Imran was caught by Nadeem Reshi off Abid Parray for 18 runs – it was followed by a more substantial partnership of 103 runs between Tajamul and Suhail Qadir before Samiullah Najar’s beguiling off-break clinched an edge to be caught behind the stumps by Nadeem Reshi on 23. Tajamul kept one end intact well into the eighteenth over and in the process scored a whirlwind 150 off 63 balls- the highest individual score in all the editions of KSL. It was a batting spectacle that which left the spectators spellbound. Another notable contribution was that of Issar Ashraf who scored 29 runs off 12 balls. The Badshahs’ managed to put up a mammoth total of 259 in 20 overs with the loss of eight wickets – the second highest match score in KSL IV. Amjad Khan was the leading wicket-taker from Hokarsar finishing off with figures of 27 for 3, Idris Mir clinching two wickets, Abid Parray and Samiullah Najar one a piece.
When the saga ended, Amjad could not contain his pent-up emotions – he did allow his feelings to flow unabashedly although past his prime no batsman seemed at high noon as him on that memorable evening no wonder he was awarded the pride of performance of delivering the ball and returning it with a measured class!



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