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Cricket Betting Tips & Match Prediction Kandahar Knights v Nangarhar Leopards APL

Brendon McCullum is due some runs today

Kandahar Knights are at the bottom of the points table in the Afghanistan Premier League after losing all of their four matches. Nangarhar Leopards also have not been at their best and have managed to win only two games.

Riki Wessels had a great first match as he smashed 46* from 23. However, he could not replicate his performance in the last match. Asghar Afghan with 45 from 32 balls and 52 from 32 in his last two innings has been good for the team but performances from other batsmen have been far and few. Their star player in Brendon McCullum too has not been able to perform as per expectations.

Sayed Shirzad has been in fine form with the ball. His 4-19 against Paktia Panthers was a treat to watch. Waqar Salamkheil registered figures of 2-19 in the last match. These two bowlers would hold the key for the Kandahar Knights.

Nangarhar Leopards' regular captain Andre Russell been ruled out of the tournament due to a hamstring injury. In his absence, Ben Cutting will be leading the side. Australia's Nathan Rimmington who has been called in as a replacement of Russell may have to wait a bit before getting into the team as Johnson Charles and Anton Devcich have recently found form.

Mujeeb ur Rahman and Zahir Khan are their strike bowlers along with captain Ben Cutting. While Mujeeb has taken five wickets in his last two matches, Zahir Khan has six in the tournament.

Here's a look at the proable playing XIs of both teams.

Kandahar Knights- Riki Wessels, Brendon McCullum, Asghar Afghan, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Karim Sadiq, Kevin O'Brien, Mohammad Naveed, Sayed Shirzad

Nangarhar Leopards- Anton Devcich, Johnson Charles, Rahmat Shah, Imran Janat, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Shafiqullah, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*

Who will win? Nangarhar Leopards

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Brendon McCullum (Kandahar Knights), Johnson Charles (Nangarhar Leopards)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Sayed Shirzad (Kandahar Knights), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Nangarhar Leopards)

Most Sixes - Brendon McCullum (Kandahar Knights), Johnson Charles (Nangarhar Leopards)

Team Scores (Batting First) – Kandahar Knights 150+, Nangarhar Leopards 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.

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