SSL2022: Aqib Mir’s class and Waseem Kachuru’s onslaught help Haq 11 to lift the title
Sopore Super League 2022
Haq 11 beat only sports Kashmir in the finals of the Sopore Super League edition 2nd:
By Muzamil Manzar
Aqib Mir’s class and Waseem Kachuru’s onslaught helped Haq 11 to beat Only Sports Kashmir in the finals of the Sopore Super League edition 2nd.
A star-studded action was witnessed today as Haq 11 and Only Sports Kashmir locked horns in the finals of SSL edition 2nd where in Haq 11 emerged victorious. The battle was filled with stars from across the valley.
Earlier, opting to bat first Only Sports Kashmir put up a decent total on the board on the back of half-centuries from Simran Singh and Aamir Sofi. The other batters of Only Sports Kashmir also chipped in with some useful cameos. Aamir Sofi was the top scorer with a 45 ball 60 while Simran Singh also notched up his fifty scorings 53 of just 31 balls. Ishtiyaq Naag and Naveen Kumar’s 38 each helped them to post 251 runs on the board in their allotted 30 overs. Muneeb Munaf and Imtiyaz Lefty were picks of the bowlers for Haq 11 getting 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
The chase started steadily for Haq 11 before they lost Imtiyaz Lefty in the 3rd over and walked in the pocket-sized dynamo Waseem Kachuru who went all guns blazing against Only Sports bowlers firing a 29 ball 66 that included 9 fours and 3 sixes. After his departure, the charge was taken by Aqib Mir and he kept his love affair with finals going as he once again proved how good a player he is in the big games. He mixed caution with aggression and carried his bat through. He kept losing his partners but he remained steady there and took his team over the line in the last over scoring a classic 65 runs. Only Sports Kashmir bowlers had their chances but Aqib Mir was too good for them. Junaid in the 28th over of the chase did cause some panic in Haq 11’s camp with a double strike getting Jehangir Lone and Zahoor Xolo in the same over but Aqib Mir held his nerve in the last moments of the match and crowned them as the champions of SSL edition 2nd. Apart from Aqib Air and Waseem Kachur, there were useful contributions from Jehangir Lone and Muneer Bhat contributing with 24 and 20 runs respectively. Junaid was the pick of the bowlers from Only Sports Kashmir scalping 3 wickets.
Aqib Mir, later on, was awarded player of the final match for his unbeaten match-winning 68 runs and one wicket also while Aamir Sofi was declared player of the tournament award.