Samiullah Shinwari played one of the most devastating innings in Afghanistan’s domestic cricket to help Speenghar chase down a mammoth target of 347 runs with two balls to spare.
Having been set a huge target of 347 runs by Amo, Speenghar were without their star batsman Mohammad Shahzad and were struggling hard at 64/4 when Shinwari came in to bat. As usual, he took his time to settle down as he built a partnership of 97 runs with youngster Naqib Nangarhari. After Nangarhari was run out, Speenghar still had a mountain to climb as they needed 186 runs off 18 overs at almost 11 runs per over. Speenghar had already lost half of their side and it seemed impossible to reach the target.
It needed something extraordinary from Speenghar to get them home. Fortunately for Speenghar, They had someone as their hope, who had achieved similar feats at International stage many times including Afghanistan’s famous win against Scotland where he single handedly won the match. He had a reputation for sticking on the crease and was fondly called “Mr. Not out”. Speenghar needed him to put that into practice and he did exactly that as he ended with a memorable innings of 192 runs on board which included 11 sixes and 16 boundaries.
Shinwari and his teammate Mohammad Ishaq remained unbeaten putting on an unbeaten partnership of 186 runs to guide their team home in an amazing game of cricket. Out of 186 runs, Ishaq could only contribute 36 runs as Shinwari rained boundaries at the other end and Speenghar chased down the target with 2 balls to spare.
Earlier in the day, Speenghar won the toss and invited Amo to bat first. Veteran batsman Mirwais Ashraf and youngster Nisar Wahdat helped Amo post a challenging total on board as Captain Javed Ahmadi and in-form Riaz Hassan also chipped in with 38 and 34 runs respectively.
As challenging as it sounded, Speenghar continued their dominance and remained at the top of table. They will face a resurgent Bost in what promises to be an amazing Final on Friday.