Asghar Afghan struck a 42-ball 74 as Kandahar Knights edged Paktia Panthers on the last ball of the match to keep themselves alive in the tournament.
After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Paktia Panthers posted 167 from 20 overs. Openers Shahzad and Fazal Zazai couldn’t provide their side a quick start. Sayed Shirzad then removed Ihsanullah and Cameron Delport as Panthers at one stage were reduced to 48/4 by the end of seven overs.
Calum MacLoed (40) and Samiullah Shinwari (65) an 89-run partnership to lift the total to 167 by the end of 20 overs. MacLoed was sedate at the start of his innings before catching up. Shinwari was brutal in his stroke play as his innings constituted of three boundaries and five maximums.
Kandahar Knights, in reply, didn’t start of well as they lost Paul Stirling early to Ziaur Rahman. Brendon McCullum and Nasir Jamal lost their wickets as well but skipper Asghar Afghan had other plans. He smashed 74 off just 42 balls as Knights were slowly getting to their target.
Riki Wessels and Najibullah Zadran got themselves going but were dismissed at crucial point in the game. With eleven required from the final over, Karim Janat and Karim Sadiq struck two boundaries as Knights clinched a win on the last ball of the innings.
Asghar Afghan was declared man of the match for his match-winning innings.