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Karim, Waqar power Kandahar Knights to 1st APL win

Karim, Waqar power Kandahar Knights to 1st APL win

Oct 14, 2018 - 00:11

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Kandahar Knights outplayed Nangarhar Leopards in a low-scoring Gulbahar Afghanistaninfo-icon Premier League match at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium on Saturday night.

By virtue of the much-needed win in the outing, shown live on Geo Super, the Kandahar Knights broke their victory drought and survived the scare of crashing out of the tournament, featuring five franchises.  

Kandahar Knights, deciding to bat first, posted a modest total of 137 for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulate 20 overs on a track that behaved like a virtual spinner paradise.

Karim Janat shone with the willow, hitting a breezy 40 off 21 balls. Staying not out, he hit two fours and three sixes at a strike rate of 190.48.

Najibullah Zadran contributed 24 off 21, including two fours. Wicketkeeper batsman Riki Vessels (from England) managed 20 as Syed Sherzad remained unbeaten at 19.

For the Leopards, Mujeebur Rahman produced a brilliant spell of spin bowling and bagged four important wickets. He was followed by Nathan Rimmington from Australia, who dismissed two opposition batsmen.

Naveen-ul-Haq and Zahir Khan had to be content with one wicket each.

Shafiqullah Shafiq (23), Hashmatullah Shahidi (23) and Rahmat Shah put up some resistance. However, the bowlers stayed spot-on to deny the batsmen free hitting and defend a low total.

Upcoming spinner Waqar Salamkhel, Karim Janat and Mohammad Nabi -- bowling with pinpoint accuracy -- kept the rival batsmen in check. While Salamkhel took three wickets, Janat and Nabi captured two scalps each.

Salamkhel proved his mettle at a critical point in the do-or-die game and played a vital role in handing his team a remarkable 26-run victory -- their first in the ongoing event.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud


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