Kabul Held Their Nerves to Eke Out a Close 2-Run Win over Kandahar
Wayne Parnell and Fareed Ahmed kept some tight stuff in the last two overs to keep the late surge from Kandahar Knights in check and help Kabul Zwanscore a 2-run victory and go on top of the points table.
Struggling at 94 for 6 in the 14th over, Kandahar’s Riki Wessels joined Nasir Jamal and turned the tide with some swaying hits and stitched 29-ball 60 run partnership, but were not able to take their home. Needing 20 off the final two overs proved too much of a task for them. Earlier, Skipper Asghar Afghan again lodged a lone battle after top-order failure, scoring a quickfire 32-ball 52. Man-of-the-match Shahidullah Kamal was exceptional from Kabul’ bowling department, taking 2 for 18 in his 4 overs including the prized scalp of McCullum.
Kabul Zwanan’s competitive total was largely responsible from a combined middle-order effort, with in-form Laurie Evans scoring an unbeaten 57. He was ably supported by quick thirties from Javed Ahmadi and Shahidullah Kamal. This result still keeps Kandahar away from their first win of the league.
In the first ten overs, Kandahar Knights had it very much under control at 78 for three. Thereafter, the Kabul Zwanan middle-order led by Evans provided the much-needed impetus to a good total.
Brief scores: Kabul Zwanan173 for 6 in 20 overs (Javed Ahmadi 39, Laurie Evans 57, Shahidullah 33; Sayed Shirzad 3 for 36, Karim Janat 2 for 45) beat Kandahar Knights 167 all out in 19 overs (Asghar Afghan 52, Nasir Jamal 38, Riki Wessels 46 not out; Shahidullah 2 for 18, Wayne Parnell 2 for 34, Muslim Musa 2 for 27) by two runs.