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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for APL 2018 Kabul Zwanan v Paktia Panthers

Luke Ronchi in action
Luke Ronchi in action
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After Balkh Legends beat Nangarhar Leopards without breaking a sweat in the first semi-final, the second semi-final between Paktia Panthers and Kabul Zwanan is expected to be a lot more closely contested.

The way Paktia Panthers beat Kabul Zwanan in the final match of the league stage not only made them the second team to qualify for the playoffs but also created a psychological edge over Kabul Zwanan.

Mohammad Shahzad was the engineer of that victory who scored his fourth half century of the tournament. With 343 runs, he has now become the highest scoring batsman of APL surpassing Hazratullah Zazai.

Kabul Zwanan skipper Rashid Khan rested in the last match while Colin Ingram served as the captain with an unbeaten 83 to go along with his unbeaten 84 and 51-run knocks. He along with Hazratullah Zazai and Laurie Evans are the main batsmen while Rashid Khan and Wayne Parnell are the chief bowlers.

Following Seekkuge Prasanna's failures and Sikandar Raza's reconciliation with the Zimbabwe team, Paktia Panthers will choose to go with MacLeod, Delport, Isuru Udana and Shahid Afridi as their four overseas picks.

Along with Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat and Calum MacLeod will share the batting workload while Isuru Udana and Ziaw Rahman bear the responsibility with the ball.

Here are the predicted playing XI for both teams.

Kabul Zwanan - Luke Ronchi, Hazratullah Zazai, Wayne Parnell, Colin Ingram, Javed Ahmadi, Laurie Evans, Shahidullah, Rashid Khan, Muslim Musa, Wayne Parnell, Fareed Ahmad, Zahir Shehzad

Paktia Panthers - Mohammad Shahzad, Faisal Zazai, Cameron Delport, Calum MacLeod, Shahid Afridi, Samiullah Shenwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Isuru Udana, Ziaur Rahman, Yousuf Zazai

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*

Who will win? Paktia Panthers

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Luke Ronchi (Kabul Zwanan), Mohammad Shahzad (Paktia Panthers)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Rashid Khan (Kabul Zwanan), Isuru Udana (Paktia Panthers)

Most Sixes - Hazratullah Zazai (Kabul Zwanan), Mohammad Shahzad (Paktia Panthers)

Team Scores (Batting First) – Kabul Zwanan 150+, Paktia Panthers 160+

*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 soon, so stay tuned.