Shoaib Malik’s Mirpur Royals have suffered their first defeat in the second edition of Kashmir Premier League. Umar Amin’s Bagh Stallions won an exciting game by 8 runs. At the Muzaffarabad Cricket Stadium, Mirpur Royals once again won the toss & opted to bowl first. Spinners bowled well upfront, only twenty four runs scored in first five overs. Then Sohaib Maqsood took over the command, smashing unbeaten 73 runs on 52 balls. Hasan Raza contributed 36 and Mohammad Sarwar 27 runs. Bagh Stallions finished the innings with 189 for 5 in 20 overs. Leg spinner Abrar Ahmed and Yasir Shah took two wickets each.
In pursuit of the stiff target, Mirpur Royals batters gave a strong response. Ali Imran and Hassan Nawaz socred 47 runs each while captain Shoaib Malik went to the pavilion with 42 runs on his credit. Haris Sohail also tried hard but the target was far behind. Mirpur Royals could manage to score 181 for 4 in their allotted 20 overs.
Mirpur Royals will play their third game in KPL2 against Overseas Warriors on Thursday.