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Afghanistan Premier League 2018, Match 2 - Nangarhar Leopards vs Kandahar Kings Live Score, Commentary and Updates

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the second match of the first APL season.
Updated: 06 October 2018 21:07 IST - Published: 06 October 2018 11:10 IST
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Skipper Ben Cutting's outstanding spell of 5/28 has set up Nangarhar's comfortable triumph. He is deservedly named Player of the Match. Thanks for joining us. Do tune in for the next match between Balkh Legends and Kabul Zwanan. The fascinating tussle, which will see Rashid Khan squaring off against Chris Gayle, will begin at 21:30 IST. 
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As for Kandahar, they will be ruing their inadequate effort with the bat. On a surface where 160 could have done the trick, they aimed for much more and consequently ended up with a below-par total. 
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Chasing 140, Nangarhar got off to a blazing start as both openers took the attack to the Kandahar bowlers. A mini collapse, wherein they lost three wickets for ten runs, threatened to derail their progress. But Shafiqullah Shafiq and Hashmatullah Shahidi combined to deliver a comprehensive victory.  
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Fittingly, Shafiqullah Shafiq hits the winning runs. He has looked a class apart while batting on a difficult surface.

Nangarhar Leopards win by six wickets and nine balls to spare
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Shafiqullah brings up the fifty partnership with a nimble-footed six. With one majestic blow, he has all but sealed the game for his team.
Nangarhar Leopards 134/4 in 18 overs
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In what can only be construed as basic errors, some more indifferent fielding releases the pressure on the batsmen. An unnecessary throw from wicket-keeper Karim Sadiq and no fielder is backing up. The result - another overthrow. 
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Courtesy of the four-run over from Salamkheil, the Knights have a slim chance. They have to defend 18 runs from three overs. Sayed Shirzad is re-introduced into the attack. 
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Finally, some desperate fielding from Kandahar. Paul Stirling's admirable commitment converts what could have been back to back boundaries into dot balls. 
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Runs continue to flow for Nangarhar. Tymal Mills is relying heavily on the slower delivery. Seems as if dew might be beginning to take effect at Sharjah. Nangarhar Leopards 118/4 in 16 overs
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Things turning helter-skelter at the grand old venue. Kandahar are unravelling quickly as an overthrow, four byes and another misfield at the boundary reduce the required run-rate to less than six for the first time in this innings. 
Nangarhar Leopards 111/4 in 15 overs
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Hashmatullah Shahidi reinforces Leopards' strong position with a mighty effective slog-sweep six. 
Nangarhar Leopards 98/4 in 14 overs
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Waqar Salamkheil combining stifling seam with accurate spin. He is winding back the clock to those glorious days of Chris Harris and Gavin Larsen. 
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Leopards need 51 runs from the last seven overs. With six wickets in hand, surely they must be favourites at this stage in the innings. 
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Amir Hamza bowls out. Shafiqullah spoils the left-arm spinner's figures by lifting him into the long-on stands for a colossal six. 
Nangarhar Leopards 89/4 in 13 overs
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Apart from picking a handy wicket, Karim Sadiq concedes just five runs from his first over. Not a bad start for the gloveman's bowling spell.
Nangarhar Leopards 81/4 in 12 overs
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Would you believe it? The wicket-keeper has dismissed Devcich by delivering a straightforward off-break.
What an inspired bowling change from Asghar Afghan! Using all those years of experience as captain.  

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In a bizarre twist, wicket-keeper Karim Sadiq comes in to have a bowl. 
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Devcich tries to outwit the left-arm spinner by unfurling a reverse-sweep. Does not get it, though. Asghar is keeping an in-out field and singles are on offer. 
Nangarhar Leopards 76/3 in 11 overs
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Hashmatullah Shahidi joins Anton Devcich in the middle. With two left-handers at the crease, can Hamza continue to threaten? 
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OUT! The third umpire gives the decision in the bowler's favour. Back to back wickets and Kandahar suddenly find themselves in with a massive chance. 
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An appeal for stumping off Amir Hamza's bowling. The left-arm spinner throws the ball up and draws Rahmat Shah forward. Is there something behind the line?
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Although the boundaries have been pulled forward for this encounter, Sharjah presents plenty of opportunities for batsmen to drop and run. The Leopards must focus on manipulating the field and running hard between the wickets.
Nangarhar Leopards 74/2 in 10 overs
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Najeeb Tarakai throws his wicket away with an ungainly slog sweep. Must say, a needless shot under the circumstances. Waqar Salamkheil's dibbly-dobbly medium pace does the trick for Kandahar. 
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A reasonably quiet over from Karim Janat comes to an end. Just five singles.
Nangarhar Leopards 68/1 in 9 overs
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Kandahar seem to be short of quality options in the spin department. This barrage of medium pace does not appear to challenge the Leopards. Have they got their selections wrong for a slow surface?
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