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Shpageeza 2020: Shinwari's experience does the trick for Eagles

Samiullah Shinwari played a crucial knock
Samiullah Shinwari played a crucial knock
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Kabul Eagles registered a narrow two wicket win over Band-e-Amir Dragons in the Shpageeza T20 Cricket League at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After opting to field, Kabul Eagles restricted Band-e-Amir Dragons to 146 for five in their 20 overs. Eagles struck early reducing Dragons to 33 for three. Thereafter, Ibrahim Zadran (48: 41b, 3x4, 3x6) and Nasir Jamal (47: 41b, 2x4, 1x6) shared a 97 run fourth wicket stand. In the end Eagles finished at 146 for five.

The best bowlers for Eagles were Nijat Masood (2-36) and Ziaur Rahman (2-31).

The chase for Dragons did not start well. They lost wickets at regular intervals. It required a 39-run fifth wicket stand between Rahmanullah (11) and Samiullah Shinwari (58 n.o.: 38b, 3x4, 4x6) to get the chase back on track. It required Shinwari's experience to hold the innings together in the end. He stayed till the end and ensured the chase was successful for Eagles. They finished at 149 for eight to win by two wickets. Farhad Momand (3-21) was the best bowler for Dragons.

Match Summary - Band-e-Amir Dragons v Kabul Eagles, 12th Match, Shpageeza T20 Cricket League

Band-e-Amir Dragons 146-5 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Hazratullah Zazai-3.2 ov), 2-27 (Usman Ghani-3.4 ov), 3-33 (Asghar Afghan-4.4 ov), 4-130 (Ibrahim Zadran-17.4 ov), 5-133 (Nasir Jamal-18.2 ov)

Kabul Eagles 149-8 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz-2.1 ov), 2-32 (Sediqullah Atal-4.1 ov), 3-46 (Rahim Mangal-5.3 ov), 4-49 (Noor Ali Zadran-6.5 ov), 5-88 (Rahmanullah-13.3 ov), 6-117 (Azmatullah Omarzai-17.2 ov), 7-130 (Nangeyalia Kharote-18.4 ov), 8-130 (Ziaur Rahman-18.5 ov)

Result - Kabul Eagles won by two wickets


Playing XI
Band-e-Amir Dragons: Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan (captain), Ibrahim Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Tariq Stanikzai, Waqar Salamkheil, Mohammad Sardar (wicket-keeper), Bilal Sami, Farhad Momand

Kabul Eagles: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (captain & wicket-keeper), Sediqullah Atal, Rahim Mangal, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmanullah, Azmatullah Omarzai, Nangeyalia Kharote, Ziaur Rahman, Samiullah Shinwari, Nijat Masood, Zia-ur-Rehman