Truthful Warriors vs Defenders of Peace

Two in-form sides contested in the historic KCL fixture at Alexandra Park, as this was the first ever match to be broadcasted via live stream. It was up to the teams now to make the most of this occasion to showcase their skills for everyone to see. The toss was won by the Truthful Warriors who elected to bat first on a fine Tuesday evening.

Mohsin has regularly been getting his side off to a good start, this time accompanied by Bilal as both openers raced to 28 at the end of 3 overs. Whilst Hamza Iqbal struck early to remove Mohsin for 18 (off 13 balls), the critical 4th over of the powerplay by left Arm spinner Fareed Ahmed turned the tide in favour of the DOP with the two massive scalps of Bilal and Zeeshan. Having lost 3 wickets in the powerplay, the Warriors looked to consolidate with the experience of Khurram Goraya and the returning Touseef Ahmed.

Having done well to steer the team out of a difficult situation and putting on a good partnership of 33 runs, the DOP struck hard once again with the experienced Irfan Ahmed causing devastation this time with the ball, as a 3 wicket 9th over by Irfan (3-17) had now left the Warriors reeling and hanging on by a thread bare. Stand in captain Ata ul Hadi sensing blood followed up with two wickets of his own and now the Truthful Warriors were truly against the ropes with the score at 71-8 in 14 overs.

Touseef required all of his RAF resistance training to navigate his team out of the disastrous situation they found themselves in being the only batsmen to have found a way to apply himself on the pitch. Whilst Touseef (34*)did his best to find partners to stand with him in Khurram and Usama Butt, the task was too difficult as the DOP were too clinical in closing off the innings for just 98 runs. An excellent bowling effort having lost the toss.

With an easy target to chase, the Defenders were in no rush to have any potential collapses of their own and giving the Warriors a sniff of defending this meagre total. Captain Hadi with the impressive young Saqib (39 off 38) gave their side a solid start with a 28 run opening partnership. The Warriors did make some breakthroughs due to some disciplined bowling by their bowlers, in particular Zeeshan Naseer taking two wickets for 18 runs in his four over spell. However, the runs made in the first innings were never going to be enough on the true Alexandera Park wicket, as the Defenders casually strolled home for their 2nd win (out of two matches) in the campaign, with Irfan Ahmed and Hamza Iqbal both remaining not out with double digit scores.

A forgetful match for the Truthful Warriors who up to now have shown glimpses of excellence and have rode their luck too. The Defenders on the other hand have an excellent vibe of positivity going for them which is truly being reflected in the way they have dominated so far in their campaign.