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Afghanistan Premier League 2018, Match 6 - Kabul Zwanan vs Nangarhar Leopards Live Score, Commentary and Updates

Nangarhar Leopards score 188/5 from 20 overs. Kabul Zwanan win by 7 wickets and 13 balls to spare.
Updated: 10 October 2018 00:58 IST - Published: 09 October 2018 16:23 IST
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Thanks for joining us. Hope you enjoyed all the action from Sharjah. Do tune into Sportskeeda tomorrow for the next APL match between Balkh Legends and Paktia Panthers. Until then, it's goodbye. 
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Even though the pitch appeared conducive for batting right from the first over of the game, chasing 189 was not going to be easy. Well, at least until opener Hazratullah Zazai imposed himself on the Nangarhar bowlers. His 55-ball 124, laced with 12 fours and 9 sixes, ensured a comprehensive triumph for Kabul. 
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Kabul Zwanan win by 7 wickets and 13 balls to spare


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Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back into the attack. He has gone for 39 runs from his first two overs. 


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Late in the game, Zahir Khan offers some consolation for Nangarhar by trapping Ingram in front. Ordinary batting from the South African. No footwork whatsoever and the ball would have crashed into the middle of middle stump. As plumb as it can get.

Kabul Zwanan 180/3 in 16 overs 
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Colin Ingram joins Javed Ahmadi to read the final rites for Nangarhar. Kabul require just 11 runs from the last 30 balls. 

Kabul Zwanan 178/2 in 15 overs
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A sensational knock from Hazratullah Zazai comes to an end. Tries to flat-bat Ben Cutting for another six. This time though, he does not get the necessary elevation. Najeeb Tarakai completes a catch to bring the curtains down on one of the most remarkable T20 performances of 2018. 

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When those darn mishits are landing exactly in between the fielders, you know it's not your day. Nangarhar Leopards are living a nightmare at the moment. Kabul need just 12 more runs for victory. 

Kabul Zwanan 177/1 in 14 overs
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Shpageeza! It has been raining sixes all night. This one's the best and biggest of them all - a stunning hit from Hazratullah. He clears his front leg and belts a length delivery from Cutting deep into the stands.

Kabul Zwanan 163/1 in 13 overs
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Finally, a wicket for Nangarhar Leopards. Luke Ronchi holes out to Ben Cutting at long-off. Goes for a 24-ball 26. He has played his part though - solid supporting role to Hazratullah's lead act. 

Kabul Zwanan 148/1 in 12 overs
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Century for Hazratullah Zazai! First hundred in Afghanistan Premier League and it has come off just 44 balls. Take a bow, sir. What a display of scintillating stroke-play! 12 fours and 6 sixes. 
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Mitchell McClenaghan goes wide. Well, that's one way to stop the flow of boundaries. 
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Hazratullah's just one hit away from what will be APL's maiden century.
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At the halfway mark, Kabul are sitting pretty. They need just 57 runs from the next ten overs. The way these two batsmen are playing, a ten-wicket victory is on the cards. 
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Top-quality batting from Hazratullah Zazai. Plays with soft hands, puts pressure on the fielder by running the first run hard and forces the misfield. Moves into the 90s. 12 runs from Zahir's over. 

Kabul Zwanan 132/0 in 10 overs
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A change of bat for Hazratullah. Not that anything is wrong with his earlier one. 
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Tremendous start for the chinaman bowler. Just five singles from Zahir's first over. Sensible batting by Hazratullah. He is looking for the long haul. Willing to manoeuvre the field after the pulsating entry. 

Kabul Zwanan 111/0 in 8 overs
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Zahir Khan is finally in the mix. Can the chinaman exponent break this tone-setting opening partnership?


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This is Hazratullah Zazai's Day! Even his inside-edges are somehow missing the stumps. Fortune is firmly with him at the moment. 
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At the start of the run-chase, the required run-rate stood at 9.45. At the end of the Power Play, it has come down to 6.57. Hazratullah may just have sealed the deal in the space of six manic overs. He's batting on 77. Can he dent Nangarhar further?
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A relatively quiet over from Naveen-ul-Haq. Just eight runs off it. But it feels like the damage has already been done. 

Kabul Zwanan 97/0 in 6 overs
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Hazratullah is going from strength to strength! He's striking at 304. 8 fours and 6 sixes from 25 balls thus far. 

Kabul Zwanan 89/0 in 5 overs
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Nangarhar skipper Ben Cutting brings himself into the attack at the expense of Mujeeb. The Leopards require another special spell from the tournament's leading wicket-taker in order to stop this mayhem. 
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13 runs from Naveen-ul-Haq's first over. Luke Ronchi has chipped in with just five runs in this 72-run partnership. This has been Hazratullah's show all the way. 

Kabul Zwanan 72/0 in 4 overs
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This is astounding batting from Hazratullah Zazai. Kabul are threatening to make a mockery of this run-chase. Can Nangarhar land a counter-punch? They need one soon. The match is rapidly slipping away from their reach. 
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Hazratullah brings up his 50 from just 17 balls! Five boundaries and four sixes from the left-hander's marauding blade. 
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A change in bowling as right-arm seamer Naveen-ul-Haq comes into the attack. 
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Hazratullah races to 49 off just 16 balls. Staggering hitting from the southpaw. Piles pressure on the young Mujeeb who in turn starts bowling quicker and shorter. Two sixes and a boundary from the over. 

Kabul Zwanan 59/0 in 3 overs
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Hazratullah Zazai on fire! The explosive left-hander hammers three fours and a six off Mitchell McClenaghan. What a start to the run-chase!
 
Kabul Zwanan 38/0 in 2 overs
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18 runs from Mujeeb's opening over! Hazratullah Zazai latches on to the shorter length and smashes a boundary as well as a six. The 17-year old mystery spinner makes matters worse for himself by conceding five wides. 

Kabul Zwanan 18/0 in 1 over
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He might have fallen short of scoring APL's maiden century by just six runs. However, Devcich's career-best knock has helped Nangarhar surge to a formidable total. Can Kabul orchestrate a stiff run-chase? It is worth noting that they had chased down 219 in the inaugural match against Paktia Panthers. Stay tuned for Zwanan's pursuit. 
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Nangarhar Leopards finish at 188/5 from 20 overs

Excellent final over from Fareed Ahmad. Just seven runs off it. Anton Devcich remains unbeaten on 94 from 58 balls. 
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Last over of the innings coming up. Devcich needs 10 more runs for a century. How many can Nangarhar take off Fareed Ahmad?
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Back to back sixes for Cutting. Parnell's nightmarish spell ends with a 19-run over. The left-arm seamer has conceded 50 runs from his four overs. 

Nangarhar Leopards 181/3 in 19 overs
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Brilliant over from Rashid! Just three runs from the 18th over of Nangarhar's innings. The ace leg-spinner bowls out for 1/13. Sensational stuff from the 20-year old. 

Nangarhar Leopards 162/3 in 18 overs
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Devcich is striking at 174. Can he reach three-figures? Needs 18 more runs and three overs remain in the innings. 
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Cheeky from Devcich! Goes down on one knee and reverse-sweeps Javed Ahmadi for a boundary. After messing with the off-spinner's plans, he advances and lofts him into the long-on stands. 12 runs from the over. 

Nangarhar Leopards 159/3 in 17 overs
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Skipper Ben Cutting joins Anton Devcich in the middle. He needs to offer support to the left-hander who is going strong with 71 runs from 44 balls. 


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Rashid cleans up Russell! The Caribbean dynamite mows across the line in hope rather than conviction. The top-ranked T20I bowler whips up a quicker and flatter googly which breaches the hard-hitter's defence. 

Nangarhar Leopards 147/3 in 16 overs
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Andre Russell is in the house! First up, he has to face Rashid Khan. 
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Javed Ahmadi outsmarts Hashmatullah Shahidi! The southpaw dances down the track. Upon seeing the batsman advance, he shortens the length a fraction. Just a smidgen of turn and wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi does the rest. 

Nangarhar Leopards 143/2 in 15 overs
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He can't. Parnell's indifferent day extends as he concedes 17 runs off his third over. The left-arm seamer from South Africa is bowling far too short on what appears to be a batting-friendly surface. Devcich collects his fifth maximum. 

Nangarhar Leopards 141/1 in 14 overs
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Wayne Parnell returns for his second spell. Hasn't had the best of starts; can he turn his fortunes around?
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Devcich is showing no signs of stopping. Despite losing his fellow opener, he continues to remain positive and plunders a boundary as well as a six off Shahidullah. 

Nangarhar Leopards 119/1 in 12 overs
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Shahidullah Kamal strikes in just his second delivery. The off-spinner breaks the threatening partnership by removing Najeeb Tarakai. 
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Fifty for Anton Devcich! The Kiwi reaches the landmark from just 33 balls. Meanwhile, Rashid remains a class apart. Even though both batsmen are looking to target him, he holds his own with an effective three-run over. 

Nangarhar Leopards 109/0 in 11 overs
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Rashid Khan back into the attack. 
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17 runs from Massoud's lengthy over. At the half-way mark, things are looking rather ominous for Kabul. Both openers are set and on the charge. 

Nangarhar Leopards 106/0 in 10 overs
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Two Free Hits in the space of two balls! Massoud oversteps by a massive margin. But he recovers well to restrict Tarakai to a single.