The third match of Group D was played between Paktia and Kandahar, both strongholds of cricket fans. Paktia beat expectations and stunned Kandahar, winning by 76 runs.

Paktia won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 266, losing 6 wickets, in their 50 overs. Even though Kandahar are the champions of the domestic Twenty20 competition, 266 did not seem a reachable target for Kandahar in the view of many cricket observers in the National Youth Cricket Ground at Kabul.

Kandahar lost quick wickets to Paktia's bowlers and were all out for 190 in 35.5 overs, losing to Paktia by 76 runs.

Due to the high net run rate, Kunduz has advanced automatically to the quarter-finals, whilst Paktia had to play Nuristan the next day to determine the second team for the group D quarter-final.

Paktia continued their successful campaign to reach the quarter-finals. It beat Nuristan by 2 wickets in the fourth match of group D.

Nuristan won the toss and elected to bat first. Paktia bowled out Nuristan for 172 runs in 41 overs, getting an easy target for themselves. Nuristan tried its best to win the match, but failed to take all wickets before Paktia could chase the target of 173 in the 44th over for the loss of 8 wickets.

Paktia won by 2 wickets and proceeded to quarter-final that will be played today with Kunduz at the NYCG in Kabul.

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