The Cricket Post
Kabul's provincial team has proven its right to stay in this tournament when a strong Kunar team could not make more than 130 runs, losing all wickets in less than 33 overs. Kabul's Aftab Alam was able to take most of the wickets.
Today Kunar won the toss and chose to bat first hoping for a high target. Before reaching 50, Kunar had lost 3 wickets. National team player Pacha Hussain was Kunar's fourth wicket that they hoped would put some runs on the board. Pacha Hussain was sent back to pavilion by U19 captain Noorulhaq Malikzai when Kunar was on 66 . Kunar was all out for 130 in 32.3 overs.
Kabul had a good start to their innings. Before the lunch break it managed to score 41 runs in 7 overs losing 1 wicket to Kunar's Obaidullah. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th wicket scored 20 runs all together; it was the 5th wicket that managed to put on a nice 59 run partnership (Noor-ul-haq 23) taking Kabul's score up to 119 in the 27th over.
Although Kabul lost two more wickets, but was able to chase the target in 29.1 overs.
Tomorrow will see the third match of Group C. It is not certain who will play tomorrow as the only other remaining team in Group C is Ghazni. The Afghan Cricket Board told The Cricket Post that group C includes five teams contrary to other three groups that comprise of six teams. This also means that 23 teams participate in this tournament, not 24 teams as had been declared for the past two weeks.
Farid Hotak, a media officer at ACB, told The Cricket Post that tournament's technical committee is meeting today to decide who will play tomorrow. The fixtures announced by ACB earlier show that two winners of group C (Logar and Kabul) will play first, and then the winner will play with Ghazni. It would mean that Ghazni has qualified for the quarter-final without playing a single match, while Kabul and Logar will have to play a second match for the same.
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