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Afghanistan Premier League 2018, Match 7- Balkh Legends vs Paktia Panthers Live Score, Commentary and Updates

Paktia Panthers score 204/4 from their 20 overs. Balkh Legends fall short by 37 runs in the end.
Updated: 11 October 2018 00:56 IST - Published: 10 October 2018 13:01 IST
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Thanks for joining us! Hope you enjoyed all the action from Sharjah. Do tune into Sportskeeda tomorrow for a double-header in the APL. Kabul Zwanan take on Kandahar Knights from 17:30 IST. Then, Balkh Legends square off against Nangarhar Leopards from 21:30 IST. 
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Chris Gayle showed signs of spark in his APL debut. But his dismissal brought about a top-order collapse which eventually cost Balkh Legends. Skipper Mohammad Nabi tried to mount a fightback towards the latter half of the run-chase. However, he was left with a mountain to climb and Paktia Panthers found a way past him to get stuck into the lower-order. 
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Paktia Panthers win by 37 runs

It's all over! Isuru Udana mops up the tail with a couple of quick wickets. The left-arm seamer finishes with a four-wicket haul as Balkh are routed for 167 on a batting-friendly surface at Sharjah. 
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Zia-ur-Rehman Sharifi gets Qais Ahmad. Not enough power behind the heave and Afridi snaffles an easy catch at long-on. The writing is on the wall for Balkh. 

Balkh Legends 158/8 in 18 overs
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Balkh Legends need 60 runs from the last four overs. With all specialist batsmen back in the dressing room, the road ahead seems a bleak one. Paktia Panthers right on top at Sharjah. 
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Mohammad Nabi falls! Perhaps Balkh's hopes are also gone along with their captain. Miscues a fuller delivery from Zia-ur-Rehman and Sikandar Raza pulls off a stunning catch at long-off.

Balkh Legends 145/7 in 16 overs
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Gulbadin Naib departs and Balkh sink deeper into strife. Top-notch over from Udana. Four dot balls, a boundary followed by a straightforward caught and bowled.

Balkh Legends 138/6 in 15 overs
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Nabi in full flow! The skipper smashes two sixes and a boundary to keep his team in the contest. Yamin Ahmadzai's return proves to be a costly one. 

Balkh Legends 134/5 in 14 overs
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Shahid Afridi finishes his spell. The experienced wrist-spinner has conceded only 29 runs from his full quota of 4 overs. He reaps the rewards for adhering to the basics. Balkh's batsmen have struggled to tackle his relentless accuracy. 

Balkh Legends 114/5 in 13 overs
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Bopara's run-out! Catastrophic miscommunication in the middle. The England stalwart sets off on a quick single before hesitating midway. By the time he tries to get to the other end, Afridi's throw had arrived and Sharafuddin completes the run-out.


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Afridi squeezes through another over. The seasoned Pakistani leg-spinner has played a lot at Sharjah and knows what lengths to hit on these pitches. Just five singles off him. 

Balkh Legends 92/4 in 11 overs
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Colin Munro holes out to long-on! Balkh land themselves in further trouble. Stump-to-stump stuff from Sharafuddin Ashraf. The explosive New Zealand southpaw departs to a lapse in judgment. 

Balkh Legends 87/4 in 10 overs
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Just six runs from Afridi's second over. Paktia Panthers are applying persistent pressure on the batsmen. Classic strangle through economical spin. 

Balkh Legends 77/3 in 9 overs
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Munro late cuts Afridi to close the over with a boundary. The veteran leg-spinner is not happy with the fielding effort from the short third man.

Balkh Legends 64/3 in 7 overs
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Shahid Afridi into the attack
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Paktia Panthers have roared back to end the Power Play on a high. Just three runs from Yamin Ahmadzai's over. Balkh are beginning to feel the pressure of losing three quick wickets. 

Balkh Legends 56/3 in 6 overs
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Balkh lose another wicket! Ryan ten Doeschate offers catching practice to Udana at mid-off. Sharifi gets his first wicket.  


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Munro hits top gear with an effortless six over the long-on boundary. Yamin Ahmadzai serves up a juicy half-volley in middle and leg. The Kiwi takes advantage.

Balkh Legends 47/2 in 4 overs
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Colin Munro and Ryan ten Doeschate have a stiff task on their hands. Can they help Balkh Legends recover from the loss of both openers?
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Usman Ghani falls! The opener tries to aerially flick a delivery coming into him and somehow manages to find the only fielder stationed outside the circle in the leg-side. Brilliant catch from Ihsanullah Janat. 
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Isuru Udana castles Gayle! Nails the yorker to help Paktia Panthers see the back of the dangerous left-hander. The Jamaican showman has to depart for a 10-ball 20. 

Balkh Legends 38/1 in 3 overs
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Consecutive Sixes for Chris Gayle! The Universe Boss is up and running. Udana is getting hammered for veering into the Jamaican's hitting arc. 


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As always, Gayle is a bit slow off the blocks. Meanwhile, Ghani gets into rhythm with a majestic pick-up shot. The sheer timing takes the ball over the boundary. 

Balkh Legends 22/0 in 2 overs
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Nine runs from the opening over from Udana. The Sri Lankan seamer looks to angle the ball away from a shorter length. But the right-left combination is not helping his cause. 

Balkh Legends 9/0 in 1 over
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All eyes will be on Gayle. Can the Caribbean juggernaut wind back the clock with another explosive knock? The stage is set for him. Massive total to pursue. 

Isuru Udana to begin the proceedings with the ball. 
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