Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament 2019

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Re: Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament 2019

Postby The Professor » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:18 pm

This tournament is back after it's weird 6 month sabbatical - the last matches were in May.

The leaders, Speen Ghar, might have done just enough to stay at the top of the table as they seek to defend 331 runs on the final day after posting 322 and 291 in their two innings.

Darwish Rasooli - a player who has long been eyed as the next Afghanistan star off the production line - got a century to help SG to the lead. The 19 year old is fresh from scoring175 in two games for an Afghanistan Emerging side in a tri series featuring a Bangladesh and Sri Lankan Emerging side.
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Re: Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament 2019

Postby The Professor » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:19 am

Amo managed to pull off the difficult task of surviving the day and drawing the match - largely thanks to 114 from Abdul Malik.

AMo reach 259/6 and would have felt hard done by for the fact they could not go on and get the win.

The two teams are still at the top of the table.
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Re: Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament 2019

Postby The Professor » Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:53 pm

Missed the first day of this round but two decent matches in the offing here.

Yesterday Amo posted 262 - a total that Boost managed to overhaul today as they went to stumps on 304-8. This is largely down to 177 from wicketkeeper Munir Ahmed who boosted Boost's total from 77-6. He is undefeated overnight.

In the other game, Mis Ainak put on 486 in the first innings but Band-e-Amir are struggling and are 186-5. Like the other game, it is was bolstered by one huge total as captain Hashmatullah Shahidi is on 102* as we go into Day Three.
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Re: Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament 2019

Postby The Professor » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:59 pm

Boost dragged their total to 337 - a lead of 75 but Amo soon gobbled that up and went to stumps on Day 3 with a lead of 150. This is largely down to 75 from Zahid Zakhaill. Fresh from scoring a double hundred last week, the youngster is making an impression in this tournament - he is the fifth top run scorer.

After impressing with the bat in Day One, Mis Ainak impressed with the ball as Zia-ur-Rehman got all 5 of the remaining Band-e-Amir wickets within 4 overs. This leaves the Afganistan international with figures of 19.3-8-46-6 and handing his side a first innings lead of 283. This was stretched to 503 as they went to stumps at 226-6. An early declaration is assured on Day 4.
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Re: Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament 2019

Postby The Professor » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:20 pm

Disappointingly both these games ended up as a draw.

A quickfire 87 off 91 balls from Abdul Wasi forced Amo's agenda and set Boost 341 runs to get in 40 overs. An unobtainable feat. Amo finish the round in second with Boost in fourth.

Band-e-Amir vs Mis Ainak was very likely to be a draw unless MA collapsed - which they did not. BEA put on another 18 runs and declared to set a target of 522 for MA. Yousuf Zazai sniffed victory as he bagged 6 wickets but BEA ran out of steam and time and finish the round last and winless whilst Mis Ainak are now third.
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