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Afghanistan Premier League 2018, Match 3 - Balkh Legends vs Kabul Zwanan Live Score, Commentary and Updates

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the third match of APL 2018.
Updated: 07 October 2018 01:06 IST - Published: 06 October 2018 18:12 IST
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Thanks for joining us in an action-packed day at the inaugural season of the Afghanistan Premier League. Do join us on Sunday for another double-header as Nangarhar Leopards take on Paktia Panthers and Balkh Legends square off against Kandahar Knights. 
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After setting the base by forming a patient partnership with opener Usman Ghani, Ryan ten Doeschate found another ally in Ravi Bopara. The Essex duo clinch a clinical victory for Balkh Legends by putting on an unbeaten 89-run stand. 

The highlight of ten Doeschate's match-winning 46-ball 78 was his exemplary footwork against the various spinners. Although he scored a fluent 56 and registered bowling figures of 1/24, Rashid Khan could not quite haul Kabul over the line. 
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Bopara hits the winning runs. An imposing stroke through extra cover finds the boundary.

Balkh Legends win by eight wickets and seven balls to spare 
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Bopara flicks another switch! Deciding to attack the inexperienced Muslim Musa, the 33-year old sandwiches a mammoth six between three boundaries. Could well be the deciding over of the game. 21 runs from it. 

Balkh Legends 168/2 in 18 overs
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Despite bowling from over the wicket, the left-arm seamer strays into the pads and pays the price by conceding a boundary. Kabul needed a better over from Parnell. 

Balkh Legends 147/2 in 17 overs
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Balkh Legends need 38 runs from the last four overs. Wayne Parnell returns for his second spell. Can he remove the well-set ten Doeschate?
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Ravi Bopara cracks a boundary off the back foot. Not easy to do against a quicker leg-spinner like Rashid. The top-ranked T20I bowler finishes his quota for 1/24. 

Balkh Legends 139/2 in 16 overs
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Last over for Rashid. Clearly, all Balkh have to do is to play him out. 
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Shot from ten Doeschate! The veteran is putting on an exhibition of astounding stroke-play. Getting underneath an overpitched delivery, he carves the ball over the deep point fence. The 38-year old proceeds to end the over with another maximum. He is in the zone tonight!

Balkh Legends 131/2 in 15 overs
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Rashid deceives the advancing ten Doeschate with a cleverly-disguised googly. But wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi fails to pick the variation and misses a possible stumping. Massive moment in what is nicely shaping up to be a thrilling encounter.

Balkh Legends 116/2 in 14 overs
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A key over in the game as Rashid Khan returns to the equation. 
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Ryan ten Doeschate brings up a well-compiled fifty from 29 balls. His towering six off Shahidullah lands on the roof and leaves the umpires with the task of selecting a new ball.

Balkh Legends 110/2 in 13 overs
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Ravi Bopara joins ten Doeschate at the crease. Can the seasoned Essex pairing bring glory to Balkh Legends?
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Muslim Musa's medium pace does the trick for Kabul. Not giving any pace for the batsmen to work with, he induces a loose shot from Usman Ghani and breaks the blossoming partnership. 
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Commentator Brian Murgatroyd reckons dew could play a significant factor during the death overs. 
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Shahidullah slips in another quiet over. The required run-rate goes past ten. 

Balkh Legends 86/1 in 11 overs
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At the halfway mark, Balkh Legends require 97 more runs. They have plenty of firepower left in their batting arsenal. 
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Kabul turn towards seam after five overs of spin. Recognising the importance of taking the pace off, Muslim Musa concedes just six runs. 

Balkh Legends 80/1 in 10 overs
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Rashid brings himself back on. Both batsmen are expectedly content with manoeuvring the strike against the lethal leg-spinner. Five singles from the over. Balkh batting to a plan at the moment. They are keen on targeting the other spinners on offer. 

Balkh Legends 74/1 in 9 overs
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Ghani and ten Doeschate hammer a six each off Zahir Shehzad. The required run-rate is now dragged down to nine. 

Balkh Legends 69/1 in 8 overs
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Surprisingly, Rashid takes himself out of the attack and brings in Shahidullah instead.  
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Spin from both ends as Zahir Shehzad is introduced into the attack. Not a great start for the left-arm spinner as he concedes ten runs from his first over. A concerted effort from ten Doeschate to take the attack to him. 

Balkh Legends 45/1 in 6 overs
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Ryan ten Doeschate arrives into the crease. The manner in which he handles the Rashid threat could end up deciding the outcome of this game. The game-changing wrist-spinner is up and running. What has he got in store for us today?

Balkh Legends 35/1 in 5 overs
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Rashid Khan brings himself into the attack and picks a wicket off his very first ball. Colin Munro has no clue whatsoever. The explosive southpaw is bowled neck and crop. What a start for the enchanting leg-spinner!
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Parnell continues to veer into the right-hander's pads. Ghani puts away a couple of easy boundary-scoring opportunities. A poor opening spell from the left-armer. 

Balkh Legends 21/0 in 3 overs
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