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Shahzad stars with the willow in Paktia’s victory

Shahzad stars with the willow in Paktia’s victory

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Oct 14, 2018 - 23:38

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Mohammad Shahzad played the captain’s innings on Sunday to see the Paktika Panthers dry and home in their encounter against the Nangarhar Leopards.

A magnificent half-century by the stocky wicketkeeper helped his side make short work of the opposition in the Afghanistaninfo-icon Premier League (APL) contest.

Despite Ihsanullah Janat’s departure at 61 in the sixth over, Shahzad continued to be in a punitive mood and punched an unbeaten 78 to set the tone for his side’s comfortable victory.

The skipper smacked eight maximums and four shots to the fence. He earned two awards -- the Man of the Match -- and the second for hitting the maximum number of sixes.

Janat was dismissed for 25, including three boundaries and a six, by Mujeebur Rahman. Cameron Delport went out cheaply for six before Sikandar Raza was sent back to the pavilion for a duck.

But a superb six by Samiullah Shinwari (19 not ou) steered the Panthers to a seven-wicket win, with 6.2 overs to spare. By virtue of the outcome, they have moved up to the second spot on the points table.

The Nangarhar Leopards, opting to bat first, were bundled out for 126 runs in the stipulated 20 overs on track that appeared to be a spinner paradise.

Rahmat Shah (34), Johnson Charles (22), Ben Cutting (21), Anton Devcich (14) and Naveen-ul-Haq (13) were the main scorers for the Leopards.

For the Paktia Panthers, Ziaur Rahman shone with the ball and claimed three crucial wickets of Ben Cutting, Najeeb Tarakai and Johnson Charles, giving away 17 runs in a four-over spell.

He was followed by Isuru Udana and Shahid Afridi with two scalps each.  Yousaf Zazai had to be content with a solitary wicket that he bagged for 29 runs.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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