The Asmat Sungeen Speenghar Tigers, banking on Usman Ghani and Najibullah Zadran’s
heroics, successfully managed to defend their total of 188 runs in the final to beat the Bost Defenders by 6 runs and win the SCL title for the record third time.
The Speenghar Tigers have won the toss earlier in the afternoon and decided that they will bat first in the final of the Etisalat SCL2022. They started really well with Usman Ghani scoring a well-made 69, followed by a nice little cameo from Najibullah Zadran, the man who made a quick-fire 43 runs to lift their total to 188 in 20 overs.
In reply, the Bost Defenders have lost both their openers for 7 runs in the 2nd over. But the skipper, Hashmatullah Shahidi, scored a fighting 55-ball 90 to take them close but fell in the penultimate over as they fell only 6 runs short of the target. Abdulrahman scored an unbeaten 31* but couldn’t get their team home. For the tigers, Mohammad Ibrahim and Izharulhaq Naweed picked two wickets each.
The skipper Usman Ghani was named the player of the match, Najibullah Zadran was named the stylish player of the match whereas Abdulrahman Rahmani was awarded the most-sixes award of the match.
Apart from the Match awards, Hashmatullah Shahidi (49 fours) won the most fours of the event award, Najibullah Zadran (26 sixes) won the most sixes award, Asmat Alam won the Best Catch of the Event award, Hassan Eisakhil was named the Emerging player of the SCL2022, Zia ur Rahman Akbar won the Best Bowler Award, Hashmatullah Shahidi awarded the best batter award and Najibullah Zadran was awarded the Most Valuable Player of the SCL2022 award.
The tournament commenced on 18th July and after 28 matches across 15 days; the top 4 teams in the table, the Bost Defenders, Speenghar Tigers, Kabul Eagles and the Mis-e-Ainak Knights have advanced to the playoffs, among which the Speenghar Tigers and the Bost Defenders found their ways to the final, which subsequently saw the Tigers taking down the Defenders in the final to win the 8th edition of the event.
With this happening, the Speenghar Tigers have won the SLC title for the third time in its history, after winning the inaugural edition in 2013 and the 3rd edition in 2015.