Cricket match date: 18th October 2018
Cricket match time: 5:30 pm IST
Cricket match location: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Afghanistan Premier League
Team A: Kandahar Knights
Team B: Balkh Legends
Team A Captain: Asghar Afghan
Team B Captain: Mohammad Nabi
Cricket Match Preview:
Nangarhar Leopards spectacular loss of form has given a new lease of life to Kandahar Knights campaign. Leopards only managed to win just one game of cricket in their last 5 games and this means they can now only win 3 games maximum in the tournament, as they just have 1 more game left to play. This is where Knights can hurt Leopards as they still have 3 games to play and, if they can win all the games, they will go over the Leopards.
Balkh Legends, on the other hand, are cruising through the tournament. They are not just winning the games of cricket, they are also breaking records on the way. In their last game against Kabul Zwanan, they scored the highest score in the tournament by scoring 244 runs. They reached that score because Christopher Henry Gayle made his first appearance in the tournament. He not only made his first appearance but also scored 80 off just 48 deliveries in typical Chris Gayle fashion by hitting 10 mammoth sixes and just 2 boundaries.
In their defence though, they were hammered to all parts as well and when Hazratullah Zazai smashed Abdullah Mazari for 6 sixes in an over, the victory looked possible for Kabul. In the end, the better sense prevailed, and Legends won the game by 21 runs. However, they would not have been too happy about their bowling performance and they would like to make improvement in their last cricket group game before the semi-final begins.
Kandahar Knights have the advantage of knowing what needs to be done now and that will help them to plan their strategies accordingly for the remaining games of cricket. They won their last game and it will be great for them if they can continue that momentum in the rest of the games. That is where the role of Brendon McCullum and Asghar Afghan is so important, as they have the experience of leading their International teams.
Cricket Match Information:
Kandahar Knights will take on Balkh Legends in what will be the last group game for both teams. As of now in the points table, Balkh Legends are on number 1 spot with 5 wins out of 6 cricket games played so far, whereas Kandahar Knights are on the last position with 1 win out of 5 cricket games.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Kandahar won their last cricket game and they would dearly hope to continue that form in their next two games. Hence, our prediction is to expect the same eleven as their last game, barring any injury.
Here is our prediction of Kandahar Knights’ playing XI:
- Karim Sadiq
- Brendon McCullum
- Paul Stirling
- Nasir Jamat
- Asghar Afghan
- Karim Janat
- Najibullah Zadran
- MH Wessels
- Mohammad Naveed
- Sayed Shirzad
- Waqar Salamkheil
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Balkh Legends scored the biggest score of the tournament in their last game. However, they also conceded the second highest score of the tournament in their defence. Hence, our prediction is to expect some changes in their bowling department.
Here is our prediction of Balkh Legends’ playing XI:
- Chris Gayle
- EMDY Munaweera
- MN Waller
- Mirwais Ashraf
- Mohammad Nabi
- Gulbadin Naib
- Darwish Rasooli
- Ikram Ali Khil
- Qais Ahmed
- Ben Laughlin
- Aftab Alam
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Asghar Afghan, the Kandahar Knights skipper, would like to win the next few games on his own. He would like to score the big ones for at least the next three games of cricket as that would take his team through. Hence, our prediction is to expect some good scores from Afghanistan captain.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Pitches in Sharjah are becoming more and more suitable for batting and thus, a big score cannot be ruled out. Our prediction is to expect a high scoring game of cricket. Conditions are expected to be dry.
The equation is simple – if Kandahar Knights win their remaining games, they will get through to the semi-final. It is both a pressure situation to be in as well as a golden opportunity depending upon how the teams see it. Our prediction is the victory for Kandahar Knights.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Asghar Afghan (Kandahar) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Ben Laughlin (Balkh) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Asghar Afghan (Kandahar)