SRINAGAR: Hokarsar Rangers, Khanqah Hamdans, Buher Kadal Badshah and Manasbal Mavericks won their matches of 2nd edition of Kashmir Super League on Friday played a Dubai.
The events of the evening mean that Hokarsar Rangers was the fourth and final team to qualify for the quarterfinals from Group 1.
From Group 2, Soura Qalanders have secured qualification as Pahalgam Panthers have been eliminated.
Buher Kadal Badshah, DachigamHanguls, KhanqahHamdans and Razay Kadal SuperHeroes have to compete for the final three quarterfinal spots, in what will be a very exciting final round of group matches.
In the first match of the day, Hokarsar Rangers faced an in-form Nowhatta Rebels. Nowhatta having already qualified, Hokarsar needed one win from their remaining two games to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Hokarsar skipper after winning the toss opted to bat first, but the decision back fired losing quick wickets. But middle order batsman Aqil Shora played a sensible knock of 63 runs off just 53 balls. He was ably supported by Ashaq Janwari who scored 41 from 29 balls and both helped their side to put a formidable total of 151/7 on the board in 20 overs.
In reply Nowhatta Rebels openers provided a brisk start taking full advantage of powerplay. After that, economical bowling from Hokarsar put breaks on the scoring rate and putting pressure on Nowhatta Rebels as they succumbed under pressure losing wickets at regular intervals and lost the match by a narrow margin.
In the second match of the evening, Khanqah Hamdans elected to bat first against the winless Lal Chowk Leopards. Khanqah Hamdans openers Adil Lanker (30 of 16 balls) and Arif (75 of 49 balls) scoring briskly, as they established an opening partnership of 101. Issar rounded off the innings with 39 from 32 balls, as Khanqah Hamdans finished at 193/5. Lal chowk Leopards started very poorly losing three wickets in the first four overs, and they never recovered with only Anzar managing to score 35, as they finished at 147/9 in 20 overs.
In the third match of the evening, Buher Kadal Badshah elected to bat first against Pahalgam Panthers. Buher Kadal lost Captain Imran Malik early on, as Moazam Naqash (39 of 34 balls) and Syed Shahid (67 of 40 balls) stabilized the innings with calculated batting displays. BuherKadal ended their 20 overs at 174/8. Pahalgam Panthers, in a must-win situation, saw opener Sheikh Ovais score a brilliant 73 of 65 balls. Only Mohsin Hassan (30 of 27 balls) managed to score to aid Ovais, as Pahalgam Panthers fell short of their target, and ended at 161/5 in 20 overs.
In the final match of the evening, winless Manasbal Mavericks elected to bat first against Srinagar Sultans. Manasbal Mavericks openers provided a solid start and their good work was carried forward by middle order finishing in a flurry as Shaikh Aijaz Ahmed (46 of 33 balls) and Qayoom Sofi (40 of 24 balls). Manasbal eventually finished at 174/6 in their 20 overs.
Srinagar Sultans got worst possible start as losing three wickets quickly upfront. Adil Shah played a brilliant knock of 58 from 42 balls, to bring Srinagar back into the match. Hemayun (30 of 25 balls) and captain Ajaz Bakshi (28 of 18 balls) added to the run chase, as Srinagar Sultans lost the match by a narrow margin of three runs in another last-ball thriller.