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APC: Khost enter final with impressive win

Afghanistan Cricket Ground
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Khost Province entered the final of the Afghanistan Provincial Challenge Cup 2020 with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Faryab Province.

At Khost Cricket Stadium, Khost opted to field and immediately made early inroads into the line-up.

The key for Faryab was one-drop batsman Ijaz (45: 67b, 3x4) who held the innings together. The only other batsman making any significant contribution was Ibrahim (20). Ijaz was the seventh man out as Faryab could only post 144 in 36.1 overs.

For Khost, the key bowler was Bakhtarullah Atal (3-26), with Nasim Mangal (2-43) and Haseebullah (2-29) providing crucial support.

In their chase, Khost hardly had any hiccups. Opener Asghar Atal (58 n.o.: 103b, 2x4, 2x6) and Rahim Mangal (80 n.o.: 78b, 6x4, 4x6) shared an unbroken opening stand of 145 to overhaul the target in 30 overs.

None of the Faryab bowlers created any impact on Khost openers.

Match Summary-Faryab Province v Khost Province, 1st Semi-Final, Afghanistan Provincial Challenge Cup 2020

Faryab Province 144 (36.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Ezat Barakzai-1.1 ov), 2-44 (Bilal-9.6 ov), 3-67 (Juma Gul-16.3 ov), 4-87 (Khairullah-22.6 ov), 5-90 (Afzal Zazai-23.6 ov), 6-92 (Haji Murad Muradi-25.2 ov), 7-106 (Ijaz-28.1 ov), 8-122 (Ibrahim-31.3 ov), 9-134 (Rustam Niazai-34.3 ov), 10-144 (Mohammad Saleem-36.1 ov)

Khost Province 145-0 (30)

Result-Khost Province won by 10 wickets

Match Scorecard & Stats + Analysis

Playing XI

Faryab Province: Ezat Barakzai, Bilal, Juma Gul, Khairullah, Afzal Zazai, Haji Murad Muradi (captain), Ijaz, Ibrahim, Rustam Niazai, Mohammad Saleem, Zohaib

Khost Province: Asghar Atal, Rahim Mangal, Shahidullah (captain), Rahmanullah, Mohammadullah, Emal, Shaheen, Noor Ahmad, Nasim Mangal, Bakhtarullah Atal, Haseebullah