Cricket match date: 20th 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: Paktia Panthers
Team A Captain: Rashid Khan
Team B Captain: Mohammad Shahzad
Cricket Match Preview:
When two sides led by the two biggest showmen of Afghanistan cricket, a no holds barred game of cricket must be expected. Rashid Khan and Mohammad Shahzad are big names in Afghanistan cricket circles and so, when these two men will clash with each other, the world will notice.
In the dress rehearsal of the semi-final, both these teams took on each other in the final group game and Paktia Panthers won the game quite convincingly by 6 wickets. Although Rashid Khan did not play in that game, Mohammad Shahzad provided his share of entertainment in ample amounts. His knock of 62 off just 37 deliveries had everything and provided the exact impetus that his side needed to win the game.
Kabul Zwanan have had their share of the limelight as well, though Rashid Khan has not managed to pick up as many wickets as he normally does, his side has provided some memorable performances as well. Hazratullah Zazai hitting six sixes in an over will remain the biggest news of the tournament and Laurie Evans’ many cool-headed knocks have helped Kabul cross the finishing line many times.
Paktia Panthers have mostly relied on their skipper Mohammad Shahzad to do the run scoring and he has not disappointed. Shahzad has been the highest scorer of the tournament with 343 runs in 8 games. But there have been some other performers, who have silently gone about their business and won the games for Panthers. Shahid Afridi has been one such performer for Panthers. We have not seen many runs off his bat in this league, but his leg spinners have caused trouble for every opponent and will continue to do so in the semi-final as well.
It is going to be a highly anticipated clash between two high adrenaline sides. Rashid Khan versus Mohammad Shahzad, if it happens, is going to be one of the highlights of the game and the tournament. Shahid Afridi bowling against the likes of Laurie Evans and Colin Ingram might just dictate the result of this game of cricket.
Cricket Match Information:
Kabul Zwanan will take on Paktia Panthers in the second semi-final of the Afghanistan Premier League. Both sides finished the group stage at number 3 and number 2 spot respectively on the points table. The winner of this game will play the final on 21st October against the winner of Balkh Legends and Nangarhar Leopards game.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Kabul Zwanan lost their last group game against Paktia Panthers but that game will have no bearing on this semi-final. Our prediction is the return of Rashid Khan and Laurie Evans for this game of cricket.
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 would like to continue their form in the big semi-final as well. Our prediction is to expect the same eleven as their last game.
Here is our prediction of Paktia Panthers playing XI:
- Mohammad Shahzad
- CS MacLeod
- Samiullah Shenwari
- S Prasanna
- Shahid Afridi
- Tahir Khan
- I Udana
- Ziaur Rahman
- Sharafuddin Ashraf
- Yamin Ahmadzai
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Luke Ronchi has had a quite tournament so far and Hazratullah Zazai has taken his pressure off. But it will be an ideal situation for him if he can score in the semi-final against Paktia Panthers.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
It is going to be a high scoring game considering the track record of these two sides so far in the tournament. Our prediction is to expect the scores of around 180 in this semi-final. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Kabul Zwanan will be our favourites for this game of cricket. Even though Paktia Panthers have won more games, they have mainly come through the performances of one or two individuals. Kabul, on the other hand, have had more performers and hence, our prediction is to expect a victory for them in this game of cricket.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Luke Ronchi (Kabul) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Shahid Afridi (Paktia) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Luke Ronchi (Kabul)
Paktia – 1.86
Kabul – 1.86
*odds may change anytime