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

Rashid Khan has had a great tournament for Kabul Zwanan

The Afghanistan Premier League has come a full circle. The league stage began with the match between Kabul Zwanan and Paktia Panthers and the last game of the league stage will also be played between the two sides.

Both Kabul Zwanan and Paktia Panthers have won four and lost three of their seven matches and are placed at the 3rd and 2nd spot respectively. Don't be surprised if you see the two teams locking horns against each other in the semi finals as well.

Hazratullah Zazai has been the stand out batsman for Kabul Zwanan. He etched his name in the history of the tournament by notching the first century of the Afghanistan Premier League and also became the first Afghanistan batsman to hit six sixes in one over. He has been well complemented by Laurie Evans, the highest scorer of the T20 blast.

Rashid Khan may have just picked up five wickets in entire tournament till now but he has been extremely economical and has also contributed with useful runs lower down the order. Wayne Parnell has picked up seven wickets, the most for the side though he has leaked a lot of runs.

Samiullah Shenwari (64) and Calum MacLeod (40) set up the last match for Paktia Panthers as Shahid Afridi sat out. Now the issue with them would be whether to bring him in or continue with the in form MacLeod. Isuru Udana and Ziaw Rahman remain the side's premiere bowlers.

Here are the probale playing XIs for both teams.

Kabul Zwanan - Luke Ronchi, Hazratullah Zazai, Colin Ingram, Laurie Evans, Afsar Zazai, Younas Ahmadzai, Shahidullah Kamal, Rashid Khan, Wayne Parnell, Fareed Ahmad, Zahir Shehzad

Paktia Panthers - Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Cameron Delport, Samiullah Shenwari, Calum MacLeod, Seekkuge Prasanna, Fazal Rahman Zazai, Isuru Udana, Yousuf Zazai, Ziaw Rahman, Tahir Khan

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? Kabul Zwanan

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 160+, Paktia Panthers 155+

*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.

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