Kabul's provincial team has proven its right to be in semi-finals by beating the strong Logar team yesterday and a lucky Ghazni side today to qualify from group C.

Yesterday Kabul and Logar clashed at the National Youth Cricket Ground here in Kabul. Kabul won the toss and elected to field first. Logar struggled to put a score on the board as they were all out for 135 in 35.4 overs. Kabul chased their 136 run target in 28.4 overs, winning by 2 wickets and qualified to the quarter-final that was played today.

Ghazni had qualified to the quarter-finals by random draw without playing any matches. Today Kabul won the toss and elected to bat first. They had a good beginning as they scored 117, losing two wickets, in the first 22 overs. Their score went up and up when pace bowler Aftab Alam showed his batting talent hitting 5 sixes taking Kabul's score to 246 in the 42nd over. Said Arafat made 79 runs from 47 balls as Kabul made 348 for 9 wickets in their 50 overs.

Ghazni had a troubled start, losing their first wicket in the second over, their second wicket in the 5th over, and their third wicket in the 10th over. Bahadur Khan of Ghazni made a decent score of 88 runs that help Ghazni to reach 201, all out in the 36th over losing to Kabul by 147 runs.

Kabul is the third team to qualify for the semi-finals. Panjshir qualified from group A and Laghman from group B.

Tomorrow will see the first match of group D between Zabul and Nuristan. As usual the match will be telecast live by Shamshad TV.

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