Cricket match date: 21st October 2018
Cricket match time: 9:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Afghanistan Premier League
Team A: Kabul Zwanan
Team B: Balkh Legends
Team A Captain: Rashid Khan
Team B Captain: Mohammad Nabi
Cricket Match Preview:
The first edition of Afghanistan Premier League has now reached its end and the final of the cricket tournament will be played between two very good cricketing sides in Kabul Zwanan and Balkh Legends. Both teams have played some attractive cricket in the tournament and even the ones who have missed out on the final have made sure, through their own brand of cricket, that APL became a resounding success.
If their last cricket game against each other is anything to go by then, we can be sure of a cracking final when Balkh Legends and Kabul meet each other on a super Sunday. All records were broken in the group game when these two sides played each other. To start off, Chris Gayle decided to light up the stage through his scintillating knock of 80 off just 48 deliveries that enabled Balkh legends to reach the record-breaking score of 244 in 20 overs.
In reply, Kabul were not short of firepower as well. In fact, we got to see unarguably the performance of the tournament when young Hazratullah Zazai hit six sixes in an over Abdullah Mazari. It brought back the memories of Yuvraj Singh in full glory. In the end, Kabul Zwanan fell short by 21 runs but they will get their chance once again to get the result in their own favour come the big cricket final.
There are some wonderful matchups in store for us in Rashid Khan versus Chris Gayle and Hazratullah Zazai versus Ben Laughlin. These matchups will be crucial to the outcome of this game of cricket and the game could sway depending upon who wins these battles within the big battle. There is a potential of an exciting and close final if both sides are not overwhelmed by the big occasion. We have seen two uninteresting semi-finals, but something tells us it is not going to be the case in the final, where many big players take part.
Cricket Match Information:
The final of the first edition of Afghanistan Premier League between Kabul Zwanan and Balkh Legends will take place at Sharjah. It has been a long road for both sides and they have taken a slightly different route to reach the final. While Balkh Legends have stayed at the top of the points table for a long time, Kabul Zwanan have remained consistent without quite staying at the top of the table.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Kabul won the semi-final against the fancied Paktia Panthers in an emphatic manner. Our prediction is that they will play the same line up as that game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of Kabul Zwanan’s playing XI:
- Luke Ronchi
- Hazratullah Zazai
- CA Ingram
- Javed Ahmadi
- Laurie Evans
- Rashid Khan
- Muslim Musa
- Wayne Parnell
- Fareed Ahmed
- Fitratullah Khawari
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Balkh Legends hammered Nangarhar Leopards as expected. They have been the best side of the tournament quite easily and they will leave no stone unturned to win the tournament. Our prediction is to expect the same eleven that played against Nangarhar Leopards in the semi-final.
Here is our prediction of Balkh Legends playing XI:
- Chris Gayle
- Colin Munro
- Ryan ten Doeschate
- Mirwais Ashraf
- Mohammad Nabi
- Gulbadin Naib
- Darwish Rasooli
- Ikram Ali Khil
- Qais Ahmed
- Mirwais Ashraf
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Chris Gayle has been terrific so far in the tournament. His biggest test awaits him in the final though, when he will undoubtedly face Rashid Khan. It is this battle that may decide the outcome of the big cricket final. Our prediction is to expect Gayle to be subdued against Rashid and go after the other bowlers of Kabul.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Keeping in mind the last time these two sides met, if that game of cricket is any indication, then we may have a bounty of runs in store for us in the final. Our prediction is to see the score of around 200 in the game from either side. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Despite the dominance of Balkh Legends throughout the tournament, our prediction is of Kabul Zwanan’s victory. The reason being the overall balance of Kabul, which is not dependent on one or two individuals. Balkh will have to be wary of complacency, which can creep into any side that has been winning as much as they have.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Chris Gayle (Balkh) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Rashid Khan (Kabul) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Chris Gayle (Balkh)
Balkh Legends – 1.80
Kabul Zwanan – 2.00
*odds may change anytime