Paktia Panthers Goes to The Top as They Beat Balkh Legends
Classy All-round performance from Paktia batsmen and bowlers saw them topple Balkh Legends convincingly in Afghanistan Premier League. Both teams now have 4 points from 3 matches, but a better run rate adds to the table-benefit for Paktia Panthers.
Put in to bat by Balk, Paktia rode on some powerful hitting from their top order. In-form Skipper Mohammad Shahzad blazed them to over 50 in the first five overs, ensuring that the batsmen later capitalize fully. Steered by man-of-the-match Cameron Delport’s imposing 48-ball 70 that included 6 sixes, Paktia scored a profound total of 204 for 4 in 20 overs.
Balkh’s chase was never on track once Gayle walked back to the pavilion after entertaining in a brisk 10-ball 20. Shahzad rang in some clever changes and apart from a late surge by captain Nabi (40 off 15 balls), Balkh did not catch up with the asking rate. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals, -bundling out for 167 in 19 overs.
Brief scores: Paktia Panthers 204 for four in 20 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 42, Ihsanullah Janat 47, Cameron Delport 70 not out; Gulbadin Naib 2 for 46) beat Balkh Legends 167 all out in 19 overs (Mohammad Nabi 40; Isuru Udana 4 for 38, Zia-ur-Rehman 3 for 34) by 37 runs.