Sports Bulletin Report
MUZAFFARABAD: Rawalakot Hawks beat Jammu Janbaz in the opening fixture of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) Season-II at Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium on Saturday, as the rain hit the match and Hawks were declared the winners by 11 runs (D/L method).
Janbaz scored 178 for 4 runs in 20 overs, as the Earlier, opening batter Sharjeel Khan was unstoppable against Hawks as he smashed power-packed 89 runs to help Janbaz post 178-4. Janbaz lost their opener Shahbaz for naught but Sharjeel looked extremely solid to rescue the newly-introduced KPL franchise.
Alongside Sahibzada Farhan, Shrajeel powered Janbaz to score 145 runs for the loss of one wicket in 14.5 overs. A strong 145-runs partnership between Sharjeel and Farhan ensured a big total on the scoreboard.
Farhan scored 56 off 44 balls laced with five boundaries and two maximums whereas left-hander Sharjeel smoked 89 off 51 including seven boundaries and eight towering sixes. Skipper Ahmed Shehzad was bowled out by Imran Khan Sr. But, Bismillah Khan 16 (10) and Babar Khaliq 13 (7) were on the crease.
Shahid Afridi lit up the crowd with not just his presence but a cameo of 15 runs with two boundaries. For defending champions Hawks, Mohammad Amir, Faisal Akram and Asif Afridi bagged a wicket each.