SRINAGAR: Razay Kadal SuperHeroes, Soura Qalanders, RajBagh Royals and Buher Kadal Badshah have made their way into the semifinals of Kashmir Super League-2.
On March 10 four quarter final matches of Kashmir Super League-2 were played at Ajman, UAE.
In the first semifinal RazayKadal SuperHeroes will take on Soura Qalanders and in the other semifinal RajBagh Royals will lock horns with Buher Kadal Badshah.
In the first quarter final Razay Kadal Super Heroes beat defending champions Safa-Kadal Stars by 25 runs courtesy, Majid’s magnificent knock of 69 and Hilal Ahmad’s hat-trick.
Chasing a target of 185, Safa-Kadal Stars openers provided a brisk start to their side, once the partnership was broken, Safa-Kadal Stars lost wickets at regular intervals and Razay Kadal Super Heroes turned the game on its head in the 17th over when Hilal Ahmad took a hat-trick removing Nadeem Hamdani, Umer Shah and Burhan Reshie and restricted Safa-Kadal to 160/8.
Earlier batting first after winning the toss RazayKadal SuperHeroes lost opener Danish early. Majid (69) and Ubaid Lone (49) played sensibly adding a match winning 94 run partnership for the second wicket. Down the order Hilal Ahmad flexed his muscles by hitting some lusty hits scoring quick fire 28 from just 12 balls and helped his side to post a decent total of 185 on the board.
In the second game of the day, Soura Qalanders register a comprehensive 34 run victory over Nowhatta Rebels
Soura Qalanders skipper after winning the toss opted to bat first but lost opener Umar Wali in the very first over of the game,Basir (69) and seasoned campaigner Rouf Bisati(37) studied the innings and stitched a 95 run partnership for the second wicket and their good work was carried forward by middle order batsman Mahoo, scoring a well crafted half century as Soura Qalanders ended with an impressive 189/6.
In pursuit of their target Nowhatta Rebels got worst start as both of their in-form batsmen Sakib Shah and Mudasir Wani were back in the hut early. But Nowhatta Rebels skipper, Mahfooz Ilahi despite early loss counter attacked and scored a gutsy knock of 71 from just 38 balls and was ably supported by Amir who scored 31, Both batsman fall within the space of two overs and there was a dramatic collapse as Nowhatta Rebels lost quick wickets in quick succession courtesy; poor shot selection and were bowled out for 155 in 18.2 overs.
In the third game of the day, Raj Bagh Royals won the toss and elected to bat first against Dachigam Hanguls. Raj Bagh Royals began in flamboyant fashion, with opener and star-batsman Sufyan Farooq scoring a blistering 41 of 18 balls, featuring three sixes. Later Mohsen further boosted Raj Bagh Royals playing a captain’s knock, scoring 84 of 56 balls. He was aided by a resolute performance from Junaid (39 of 31 balls), as RajBagh Royals finished with a massive total of 201/5.
Dachigam Hanguls began positively, even though they lost an early wicket and at one stage were comfortably placed at 67/1 after 7 overs but suffered two major blows losing skipperAmjad Khan (27) and Furqan Ashiq (43) in two consecutive overs.
Dachigam Hanguls batsmen Umar Bhatt (33), Asif Nabi (22) and Sayed Owais Shah (22) tried their level best to chase down the target but succumbed under pressure as the run rate kept going up eventually finishing their innings at 181/9.
In the final game of the evening, Buher Kadal Badshah won the toss and elected to bat first against Hokarsar Rangers.
BuherKadal Badshah began their innings cautiously as Hokarsar Rangers produced an impressive display of swing bowling through Abid Parray and Younis Bhat.
After losing their third wicket in the seventh over for 47 runs, BuherKadal Badshah then consolidated their innings through a masterful display from TajamulWani, who scored 65 from 37 balls featuring four huge sixes, as he was supported by Shahid Dar (28 of 26 balls) at the other end. BuherKadalBadshah eventually finished at 167/5.
Hokarsar Rangers began their innings in similar fashion, as excellent bowling from BuherKadal Badshah saw Hokarsar Rangers at 57/3 after nine overs.
Hokarsar Rangers began consolidating their innings under the guidance of captain Idrees Mir (36 of 24 balls), once Idrees lone was given run out in a ‘controversial decision’ as he was controversially run-out by Buher Kadal Badshah captain Imran Malik in the mankad fashion. After his departure Hokarsar Rangers never recovered as they finished their innings at 149/7.