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Shpageeza 2020: Eagles stamp class to claim Shpageeza title

Triumphant Kabul Eagles with the trophy
Triumphant Kabul Eagles with the trophy
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Kabul Eagles held their nerves to win this year's edition of the Shpageeza T20 Cricket League, with a narrow nine-run win over Mis-e-Ainak Knights at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Asked to bat, Eagles were bowled out for 139 in 19.1 overs. Younas Ahmadzai (36: 28b, 3x4, 1x6) and Samiullah Shinwari (32: 31b, 1x4, 1x6) shared a 38-run fifth wicket stand to revive the innings. Thereafter, towards the end, Nangeyalia Kharote (21) used the long handle to good effect to maximise the scoring for Eagles.

The key wicket-takers for Knights were Dawlat Zadran (3-12), Shapoor Zadran (2-39) and Noor Ahmad (2-14).

The chase for Knights never really took off. Ghamai Zadran (40: 36b, 5x4, 1x6) aligned with Shahidullah (26) for a 45 run stand for the fourth wicket. Thereafter, Knights suffered a middle-order collapse. They lost wickets at regular intervals, leading to a defeat in the 20th over with two balls to spare. Knights finished at 130.

The key wicket-takers for Eagles were Nijat Masood (2-21) and man of the match Nangeyalia Kharote (2-25).

Match Summary - Kabul Eagles v Mis-e-Ainak Knights, Final, Shpageeza T2O Cricket League

Kabul Eagles 139 (19.1)
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz-0.3 ov), 2-4 (Noor Ali Zadran-0.5 ov), 3-12 (Riaz Hussan-1.2 ov), 4-43 (Sediqullah Atal-6.2 ov), 5-81 (Younas Ahmadzai-11.1 ov), 6-104 (Azmatullah Omarzai-14.4 ov), 7-117 (Samiullah Shinwari-16.6 ov), 8-117 (Nijat Masood-17.1 ov), 9-139 (Ziaur Rahman-18.6 ov), 10-139 (Nangeyalia Kharote-19.1 ov)

Mis-e-Ainak Knights 130 (19.4)
Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Bahar Shinwari-0.5 ov), 2-13 (Mohammad Shahzad-1.6 ov), 3-38 (Hashmatullah Shahidi-6.1 ov), 4-83 (Ghamai Zadran-12.2 ov), 5-107 (Afsar Zazai-17.1 ov), 6-108 (Shahidullah, 17.3 ov), 7-115 (Abdul Rahman, 18.3 ov), 8-122 (Ibrahim, 19.1 ov), 9-129 (Shapoor Zadran, 19.3 ov), 10-130 (Dawlat Zadran, 19.4 ov)

Result - Kabul Eagles won by nine runs

Scorecard

Playing XI
Kabul Eagles: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (captain & wicket-keeper), Noor Ali Zadran, Riaz Hussan, Sediqullah Atal, Younas Ahmadzai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Nijat Masood, Ziaur Rahman, Nangeyalia Kharote, Haseebullah

Mis-e-Ainak Knights: Bahar Shinwari, Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ghamai Zadran, Afsar Zazai (wicket-keeper), Shahidullah, Abdul Rahman, Ibrahim, Shapoor Zadran (captain), Dawlat Zadran, Noor Ahmad