BL vs NL, Sharjah

Balkh Legends won by 25 runs

Nangarhar Leopards - 118 (19.1 Ovs)
Balkh Legends - 143/7 (20 Ovs)

Summary Scorecard

So that concludes the double-header day. Another one is in store tomorrow. Can the Kandahar Knights finally open the account? They will play Paktia Panthers in the first game, Kabul Zwanan will lock horns with Nangarhar Leopards later in the night. Looking forward to your company for both games. Until then, goodbye!

Mohammad Nabi - captain Balkh Legends: "We didn't get a good total on that pitch. The way the bowlers came back was brilliant. Mirwais bowled brilliantly and Bopara contributed very well as well. Variations are very important in this format of the game."

Ben Cutting - captain Nangarhar Leopards: They bowled well and it was reverse-swinging as well. But we got greedy with our shot-selection.

Mirwais Ashraf (Man of the Match): We didn't have a great score, the wicket was keeping a touch low, our bowlers did very well to restrict them. We executed our plans very well.

Nangarhar have absolutely thrown it away. They have lost their last 7 wickets for 25 runs. 144 was definitely not a stiff target, especially with a small boundary. Anton Devcich anchored the chase, although he didn't get going straightaway. Balkh kept the pressure on the batsmen and then Mirwais Ashraf took three wickets in an over to make life diffcult for their opponents. 28 runs were needed in the last two overs and eventually, Balkh managed to seal the game in the final over winning by 25 runs. Nangarhar will have to question their shot selection as they crash to their third successive defeat.

19.1 Naib to Naveen-ul-Haq, out Caught by Usman Ghani!! Where's this gone? It's very high, but long-on is circling under it and he takes it. Very full from Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq lauches that high, but doesn't time it well. Naveen-ul-Haq c Usman Ghani b Naib 3(4)

Naib to Naveen-ul-Haq, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Gulbadin Naib [2.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

Aftab Alam finishes with 4-0-26-2. Nangarhar need 26 off the final over.

18.6 Aftab Alam to Zahir Khan, no run, very full and on the stumps, Zahir Khan slogs and gets an inside edge onto pad

Zahir Khan, left handed bat, comes to the crease

18.5 Aftab Alam to Mujeeb, out Bowled!! Lovely off stump yorker right at the base. Mujeeb stays leg-side and tries to squeeze it away through backward point, misses. Mujeeb b Aftab Alam 2(4)

Aftab Alam to Mujeeb, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

18.4 Aftab Alam to Mujeeb, no run, Mujeeb tries the fancy reverse sweep and misses completely

18.3 Aftab Alam to Naveen-ul-Haq, 1 run, Naveen-ul-Haq tries to reverse-paddle, scoops it towards the keeper, who runs forward to stop the ball, but doesn't cover for the spin, just a run though

18.2 Aftab Alam to Naveen-ul-Haq, no run, very full and on the leg stump, Naveen-ul-Haq drills it hard to mid-off

18.1 Aftab Alam to Mujeeb, 1 run, yorker on the stumps, Rahman gets an inside edge that rolls to short fine leg

Mirwais finishes 4-0-19-4

17.6 Mirwais to Naveen-ul-Haq, 2 runs, cut away wide of backward point, Naib does very well to run to his right and save a couple of runs. Third umpire checks the fielding effort, not a boundary

17.5 Mirwais to Mujeeb, 1 run, slower delivery on the off stump, Mujeeb slogs it to deep mid-wicket

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