EXPLOSIVE NAJIB ZADRAN KEEPS SPEENGHAR TIGERS ALIVE

Najib Zadran played one of the best knocks in Shpageeza’s history to keep his team Speenghar Tigers’ hopes alive in the tournament as the Tigers were propelled to the third spot on the points table. Zadran hit 97 off just 35 balls that included 8 sixes and 9 fours including three sixes and 2 fours in one over from Gulbadin Naib.

Zadran’s knock was also special considering that the tigers were almost out of the contention for the Play-offs having won just one match ahead of the game today. However, today’s victory means the Tigers' fate in the league would depend on the results from tomorrow’s fixtures involving Amo Sharks and Band-e Amir Dragons.

Earlier in the day, Bost Defenders’ skipper Gulbadin Naib won the toss and opted to bat first in the 13th match of the tournament. A tremendous bowling performance by debutant Abdul Wasi who registered 13/4 in his four overs restricted the Defenders to 131/8 in 20 overs. Brendan Taylor and Qais Ahmad played well scoring 34 and 33 runs respectively.

In response, Defenders’ Zia ur Rahman Akbar bowled brilliantly returning figures of 6/2 in 2 overs. However, Najib’s fireworks ensured the Speenghar Tigers chased the target in only 11.3 overs to register a famous victory.

The league stage of Shpageeza Cricket League concludes tomorrow as Amo Sharks face Mis-e Ainak Knights while Defenders face Band-e Amir Dragons. The matches will also finalize the four teams that will feature in the play-off stage to be held on the 16th.

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