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Afghanistan Premier League 2018, Match 4 - Nangarhar Leopards vs Paktia Panthers Live Score, Commentary and Updates

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the fourth match of the APL 2018.
Updated: 07 October 2018 20:57 IST - Published: 07 October 2018 14:44 IST
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Thanks for joining us. Do tune in for the next game which is slated to begin in 30 minutes. Balkh Legends take on Kandahar Knights for what promises to be an engrossing tussle. 
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Having lost as many as four wickets inside the first seven overs, Nangarhar's run-chase began on a woeful note. A rapid 112-run partnership between Ben Cutting and Hashmatullah Shahidi raised hopes a late revival. But Isuru Udana held his nerve and delivered a stunning penultimate over to clinch the game for Paktia. 
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Ben Cutting treads on to his stumps and is dismissed hit wicket. Yousuf Zazai finishes the match for the Panthers. Concedes just 7 runs from the final over of the game. Nangarhar Leopards can only manage 163/6.

Paktia Panthers win by 21 runs
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Game-changing over from Udana! Just five runs from it. The left-arm seamer from Sri Lanka has all but sealed the match for Paktia Panthers. Nangarhar need an improbable 29 runs from the last over.

Nangarhar Leopards 156/5 in 19 overs
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Nangarhar have made a miraculous comeback. They need 34 runs from the last two overs. Can Cutting and Shahidi take them across the line? Udana back into the attack. 
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3 Fours and 2 Sixes! Ben Cutting takes the attack to Yousuf Zazai. 25 runs from the over. It's all happening at Sharjah. 

Nangarhar Leopards 151/5 in 18 overs
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Nangarhar Leopards require 72 runs from the last four overs. Have they left it too late?
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16 runs from the over! After Hashmatullah Shahidi hammers back to back boundaries, Cutting finally manages to break the shackles with a massive maximum. 

Nangarhar Leopards 113/5 in 16 overs
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Ben Cutting is struggling to get a move on. The skipper is currently batting on 4 off 8 balls. Paktia's spinners are squeezing the life out of the run-chase. 

Nangarhar Leopards 67/5 in 12 overs
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At the half-way mark, Nangarhar are struggling to push on the accelerator. Can captain Cutting inspire a fightback? The required run-rate has shot past 13.

Nangarhar Leopards 52/5 in 10 overs
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Left-arm spinner Zia-ur-Rehman slips in a quiet over. Just three singles off it.

Nangarhar Leopards 46/4 in 8 overs
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Afridi strikes! Cleans up Najeeb Tarakai with a leg-break that slightly grips on the surface. The experienced campaigner goes on to share a smile with skipper Shahzad. 
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Shahid Afridi into the attack. Has not been in great form lately. However, the situation is set-up for him to further strangle the opposition. 
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Paktia Panthers right on top as the Power Play overs come to an end. Nangarhar need 148 more runs from just 84 balls. 

Nangarhar Leopards 37/3 in 6 overs
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Sharafuddin Ashraf strikes! The pressure was building and something had to give. Rahmat Shah is bowled whilst attempting an ungainly slog sweep. 

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A tight over from Yousuf Zazai. Just four runs from it. Rahmat Shah and Najeeb Tarakai are happy to bide their time. But the required run-rate has gone to 10.33.

Nangarhar Leopards 30/2 in 5 overs
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Udana traps Devcich in front! The Kiwi pays the price for playing across the line. Tremendous new-ball spell from the Sri Lankan seamer.

Nangarhar Leopards 22/2 in 3 overs
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Anton Devcich swings across the line and smashes Yousuf Zazai for a maximum. 12 runs from the second over. 

Nangarhar Leopards 17/1 in 2 overs
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Isuru Udana strikes! An accurate yorker does the trick against a static-footed Johnson Charles. Promising start for Paktia. 

Nangarhar Leopards are 5/1 after the 1st over
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Mohammad Shahzad and Cameron Delport set the platform with a belligerent second-wicket partnership. A flurry of wickets threatened to derail their progress. But Samiullah Shenwari added the finishing touches with a sparkling cameo. Collecting five wickets between them, Ben Cutting and Zahir Khan were the pick of the bowlers. 

Nangarhar Leopards need to go at more than 9.2 runs per over to chase down their target. Can they do it? Do join us in a bit for the run-chase. 
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May have missed another hat-trick but picks Three wickets in Four balls. Cutting has done an exceptional job in the last over of the innings. Just three runs off it.

Paktia Panthers finish with 184/8 from 20 overs
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Ben Cutting again on a hat-trick! Picked one yesterday. Can he get another today? 


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Sharafuddin Ashraf cracks a six off Cutting. Gets underneath a fuller delivery and carves the ball beyond the point boundary. Not an easy shot to execute.

Paktia Panthers 168/5 in 18 overs
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Sensational catch from Cutting! Afridi tries to take on McClenaghan and almost clears the fence. However, Ben Cutting leaps high at long-off and pulls off an outrageous take inches from the boundary rope. Boom Boom has to depart. 

Paktia Panthers 158/5 in 17 overs
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Boom Boom is in the house! Shahid Afridi delights the Sharjah faithful with a towering six off McClenaghan. 
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