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    Boost, Ainak pull off wins in cricket event

    KABUL (PAN): Boost and Ainak Clubs defeated their rivals during the ongoing Ahmad Shah Abadali Test Cricket Tournament being played in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, an official said on Thursday.

    Featuring Afghanistan's Under-19 and five zonal teams, including Boost, Ammo, Ainak, Spinghar and Band-i-Amir, the event is aimed at capacity-building of under-19 players.

    "The tournament is currently underway at the Arbab Niaz Stadium, with some matches being played at the Gymkhana ground," said Farid Hotak, an official of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

    The first three-day match was played between Boost and Spinghar. The latter, after winning the toss, decided to bat first. In their first innings, Spinghar batsmen managed to score 178 runs.

    In response, Boost scored 248 runs in the first innings, taking a 70-run lead, Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

    In their second innings, Spinghar were skittled out for 130, setting an easy target of 60 for Boost, which reached the mark for the loss of two wickets. Gul Badin, who top-scored for the winners with 97 runs, was declared Man of the Match.

    In the second contest, Ainak outclassed the Under-19 by seven wickets. The under-19s won the toss and elected to bat, posting a total of 224 runs in the first innings. The top-scorer for the side was Javed Ahmadi with 125.

    Hotak said Ainak piled up 315 runs in their first innings and the under-19s 169 in their second knock, setting a 79-run target for the opponent, who chased it for the loss of three wickets.

    Javed Ahmadi, who made more than 200 runs, was declared Man of the Match.

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