Twitter Reactions: Skipper Mohammad Shahzad drives the Panthers to another impressive win

Twitter Reactions: Skipper Mohammad Shahzad drives the Panthers to another impressive win

Twitterati was highly impressed with the way Shahzad went about his business.

Mohammad Shahzad
Mohammad Shahzad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Paktia Panthers, with another impressive win under their belt, are now second on the points table. They won the 15th match of APL 2018 against the Nangarhar Leopards by 7 wickets. There were some clinical performances both with the bat as well as the ball. Mohammad Shahzad, led from the front with the bat was the ‘Man of the Match’.

On the same pitch where 467 runs were scored in the earlier game, the Nangarhar Leopards failed miserably. They were restricted to a low total and the Panthers absolutely had no problems chasing it down despite the threat from Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The Leopards have now lost five out of the seven games they played and the next game for them will be a must win one.

19-year-old Ziaw Rahman impresses with the ball

Ben Cutting, after winning the toss, decided to bat first. However, the Nangarhar Leopards suffered an early blow with Ziaw Rahman dismissing Najeeb Tarakai. Soon, Shahid Afridi got the better of the dangerous Anton Devcich. Although Johnson Charles tried to go aggressive, he got out after scoring 22 off 16.

Rahmat Shah, who played a cautious inning crawled up to 32 which came off 38 balls. Ben Cutting provided the side with the much-needed impetus scoring 21 off 12 balls but that was never going to be sufficient. Mohammad Shahzad was brilliant as the skipper and was clinical behind the stumps. The Leopards were bowled out for 126 in the 20th over after they lost three wickets off the last three balls.

Mohammad Shahzad scores 64 runs just through boundaries

The Paktia Panthers started the chase on a positive note when Mohammad Shahzad tonked Mujeeb Ur Rahman for a six which landed on the roof right of the second ball of the innings. He kept going hard whenever they was an opportunity and played out the good balls. Although Sandeep Lamichhane picked two wickets in the 10th over, he never really backed off.

He was unbeaten on 78 which came off 43 balls. He scored 64 of those runs in just 12 balls all through boundaries. The Panthers chased the target down in 14.4 overs to register their fourth win and also bettered their net run rate.

Twitterati was highly impressed with the way Shahzad went about his business. They also praised Ziaw Rahman for his bowling spell while some felt bad for the Nangarhar Leopards.

Here is how Twitterati reacted: