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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Shpageeza Cricket League 2020 - Mis Ainak Knights vs Band-e Amir Dragons - Match 1

Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad
Afghanistan's Mohammad Shahzad
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The 1st match of the Shpageeza Cricket League 2020 will be played between Mis Ainak Knights and Band-e Amir Dragons at the Kabul International Cricket Stadium in Afghanistan.

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Mis Ainak Knights 6/5 • Band-e-Amir Dragons 4/6 Bet Now 

Both teams Mis Ainak Knights and Band-e Amir Dragons have been hit by the absence of their stars Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan respectively. However, there are some very talented players in both line-ups which should make for a close contest.

Mis Ainak Knights have two leading Afghanistan batsmen in Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi. Shahzad can be very destructive on his day in T20 cricket. The pocket-rocket has a strike rate of close to 135 in both T20 domestic cricket and T20 international cricket and can be a handful if he gets going. The wicketkeeper-batsman also averages upwards of 30.

Hashmatullah Shahidi does not have a great strike rate to show for but has brilliant averages and will be the player around whom Mis Ainak bat.

Noor Ahmad will be their leading bowler. The slow left-arm chinaman has picked up 8 wickets from only 7 T20 matches. Ahmad performed decently well in the recently-concluded Provincial Cup.

Hazratullah Zazai is the most destructive player in the Band-e Amir Dragons line-up with a T20I strike rate of 155, an average of 50 and an eye -watering best of 162 not out. Asghar Afghan is an experienced batsman in their line-up and knows how to use the long handle to good effect.

Usman Ghani and Ikram Alikhil are other big names in in their batting order. The team will expect wickets from all-rounder Tariq Stanikzai.

Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:

Mis Ainak Knights: Mohammad Shahzad (icon player), Najeebullah Tarakia, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Shahidullah Kamal, Noor Ahmad Lakanwal, Abdul Rahman, Sadiqullah Pacha, Dawlat Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Ibrahim Khan, Bahar Ali Shinwari, Abid Taniwal, Abdullah Mazari, Abdul Baqi, Popal, Jamshid Khan, Ghamai Zadran.

Band-e Amir Dragons: Asghar Afghan (icon player), Sharafudin Ashraf, Hanid Hassan, Ibrahim Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Tarik Stanikzai, Mirwais Ashraf, Waqarullah Salamkhil, Nasir Jamal, Usman Ghani, Mohammad Sardar, Ibrahim Abdurrahimzai, Wafadar Momand, Ikram Alikhil, Imran Mir, Parwin Amin.

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay

Who will win the toss? - Mis Ainak Knights

Who will win? – Mis Ainak Knights

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Mohammad Shahzad (Mis Ainak Knights), Asghar Afghan (Band-e Amir Dragons)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Noor Ahmad (Mis Ainak Knights), Tariq Stanikzai (Band-e Amir Dragons)

Most Sixes – Mohammad Shahzad (Mis Ainak Knights), Hazratullah Zazai (Band-e Amir Dragons)

Man of the Match –  Mohammad Shahzad

Team Scores Batting first – Mis Ainak Knights 170+, Band-e Amir Dragons 165+

 Match Handicap Mis Ainak Knights

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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