Kabul Zwanan edged past Kandahar Knights in last over thriller as Fareed Ahmed successfully defended 15 off the last over against red-hot Riki Wessels.
Kandahar scored six off the first three deliveries of the last over, before Wessels failed to score off the next two, leaving the equation to 9 off 1 balls. He did eventually succeed in hitting a six off the last ball but it was too little too late.
Earlier, Kabul Zwanan had rode of Laurie Evans’ fifty to post 173-6 after being asked to bat first. Zazai fell early after a few initial blows, while Luke Ronchi accumulate 25 off 26. But it was Javed Ahmadi, Evans and Shahidullah who propelled Kabul to a decent total.
For Kandahar, Sayed Shirzad and Karim Janat claimed 3 and 2 wickets respectively.
In reply, Kandahar’s top order failed to provide a solid start with Karim Sadiq (6), Paul Stirling (0) and Brendon McCullum (13) falling early in the piece. It was skipper Asghar Afghan who helped put the chase back on track with a 32-ball 52, his first fifty of the tournament, before Nasir Jamal (38) and Northamptonshire import Riki Wessles helped them keep the momentum despite wickets falling around them.
With 15 needed off the last over, the game could have gone either way with Wessles blasting them around the park but young left-arm pacer Fareed Ahmed held his nerve and delivered a brilliant last over to seal the victory for Kabul.
Shahidullah was adjudged player of the match for his all-round performance.