Cricket match date: 17th 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: Kandahar Knights
Team B: Paktia Panthers
Team A Captain: Asghar Afghan
Team B Captain: Mohammad Shahzad
Cricket Match Preview:
Finally, Kandahar Knights opened their win account after the game of cricket versus Nangarhar Leopards. Knights had been winless for the first four games and it seemed like they might even end the tournament winless. However, such has been the loss of form of Nangarhar Leopards that it resulted in the first win for Knights in a low scoring game. Now it would not be surprising if Knights even surpass Leopards and get into the semi-final.
In a short cricket tournament like this, it is important to not lose the momentum and even more important to gain the momentum just at the right time. It seems like Knights are following the latter point and though they just have one win at this stage of the tournament, they might reach the next stage if they can just string up a couple of more wins.
Paktia Panthers, however, will not make it easy for the Knights. They have easily been the second-best team of the tournament behind the Balkh Legends. They have not only won 4 games out of 6 cricket games played but the way they have won those games have been equally impressive. Their skipper Mohammad Shahzad has led the way for the team and the entire team has followed his footsteps and played attacking cricket.
Coincidentally, both teams won their last cricket game against the Nangarhar Leopards, who suddenly find themselves at the second last position. Even though the total number of teams playing in the tournament still makes their position better, it can all go downhill for them if they do not get their act together soon.
For Kandahar Knights, the equation is simple. They must look to win both of their remaining games. It will help them keep their fate in their own hands else they will have to win one game and hope Leopards do not win their final group game. For Paktia Panthers, it will be about continuing the winning momentum and go to the semi-finals with another win under their belt.
Cricket Match Information:
Kandahar Knights will take on Paktia Panthers in a must-win cricket game, which if they win, will keep them in contention for the semi-final. As of now, Paktia Panthers are on number 2 on the points table and Knights are on the last position. To stay in the semi-final, Knights must win their last two games so that they can get ahead of Nangarhar Leopards on the points table who currently have 2 wins out of 6 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):
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:
Paul Stirling, the Ireland opener, has not yet managed to fire for Kandahar Knights as he would have liked. But Afghanistan players are aware of his strength hence, the Afghan captain chose him to be part of his team. The remaining games present the opportunity to the big-hitting batsman to stamp his authority over the tournament.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
We are now consistently seeing big scores in this tournament and, with two batting lineups consisting of huge hitters of cricket ball, anything can happen. Hence, our prediction is to expect the scores of around 180 in this game.
Kandahar Knights have a do or die situation in front of them. Hence, our prediction is to expect a Kandahar Knights win, where we might just get to see some of their experienced players really step up and give their best performance in this game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Paul Stirling (Kandahar) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Shahid Afridi (Paktia) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Brendon McCullum (Kandahar)