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: Kabul Zwanan
Team B: Paktia Panthers
Team A Captain: Rashid Khan
Team B Captain: Mohammad Shahzad
Cricket Match Preview:
Another thrilling game of cricket is expected when Kabul Zwanan and Paktia Panthers will take on each other at Sharjah. In their previous game against each other, they broke many records and helped Afghanistan Premier League (APL) to get off to a great start. As many as 458 runs were scored in the game by both teams and in the end, Kabul came out on top with just 3 wickets.
Skipper Mohammad Shahzad was one of the chief architects of the huge score Paktia Panthers posted in the first game. He scored 67 runs off just 39 balls with 5 sixes and 7 boundaries. Ever since he scored a century against India in the Asia Cup game, he has not looked back and has continued his rich form right through the APL as well. He has been the top scorer for Panthers in the tournament so far, with 260 runs in 6 cricket games.
Kabul Zwanan, on the other hand, have been led by the biggest superstar of Afghanistan cricket, Rashid Khan, and he has not disappointed either. He might have not picked up as many wickets as he would have liked but he has made up for it by scoring crucial runs during critical junctures of quite a few games. Even in the first game when, despite Laurie Evans fine knock, Kabul were struggling, it was Rashid who chipped in 24 runs off just 11 deliveries. In the last game against Kandahar Knights, he also helped his team get over the line through swashbuckling 27 off just 8 deliveries.
It will be fair to say that both teams have played like their leaders in the tournament and, while Shahzad has enabled Panthers to play an attacking brand of cricket, Rashid has enabled Kabul to scratch their way through tough situations. They have also had fine support cast in Sikandar Raza for Panthers and Laurie Evans for Kabul, both of them have helped their teams reach where they are currently on the points table.
Cricket Match Information:
Kabul Zwanan will take on Paktia Panthers in their last group game of this edition of APL. As of now in the points table, Paktia Panthers are on number 2 spot with 4 wins out of 6 games of cricket, whereas Kabul are on number 3 spot with 4 wins as well but of 7 games played. Kabul would like to win this game and move to the 2nd spot on the points table before the semi-final begins.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Kabul scrapped their way through the last cricket game against Kandahar Knights. Since they managed to win the game, our prediction is to expect the same eleven.
Here is our prediction of Kabul Zwanan’s playing XI:
- Luke Ronchi
- Hazratullah Zazai
- CA Ingram
- Afsar Zazai
- Laurie Evans
- Rashid Khan
- Younas Ahmadzai
- Wayne Parnell
- Fareed Ahmed
- Zahir Shehzad
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Paktia Panthers are in a very good form and they have already qualified to the next round of the tournament. Our prediction is to expect a same eleven that they played in their last game unless they want to try out some players before the semi-finals.
Here is our prediction of Nangarhar Leopard’s playing XI:
- Mohammad Shahzad
- CS Delport
- Sikandar Raza
- Samiullah Shenwari
- Rahmanullah Gurbaz
- Shahid Afridi
- Sharafuddin Ashraf
- I Udana
- Ziaur Rahman
- Yousuf Zazai
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Colin Ingram has not quite managed to continue his good form of Vitality Blast in the APL, with one of the main reasons being his game against the spinners. He would like to change it though and our prediction is to expect a fine knock from him in this game.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Night games at Sharjah have produced high scoring games compared to the evening games so far in the APL. Hence, with two good batting units, our prediction is to expect a high scoring cricket game with the scores of around 170.
Both teams are already through to the semi-finals and have nothing to lose here. However, Kabul would like to finish at number 2 spot and for that, they must win this game of cricket. Our prediction is to expect a Kabul win in this game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Luke Ronchi (Kandahar) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Shahid Afridi (Paktia) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Colin Ingram (Kandahar)