Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - APL Final 2018 Balkh Legends v Kabul Zwanan
While Balkh Legends beat Nangarhar Leopards by 171 runs in the first semi-final, Kabul Zwanan defeated Paktia Panthers by 90 runs in the second semi-final.
The two semi-finals have been one sided which is a testament to the fact that both Kabul Zwanan and Balkh Legends have the potential to win the match quite comfortably on their given day. This is what makes the Final so exciting.
The last time that the two teams faced each other, Balkh Legends posted 244 for 6 on the board which is the highest score of the Afghanistan Premier League it was the same match in which Hazratullah Zazai sent the ball out of the park six times in an over.
Chris Gayle's form has peaked at the right time as he had hit three consecutive half centuries in his last three matches. Darvesh Rasooli who joined the team late has also contributed well in the recent matches. Other than these two, Mohammad Nabi remains a vital cog for the team both with the bat and the ball.
Kabul Zwanan captain Rashid Khan was not able to pull off his typical performances in the tournament till now but he changed all that in the second semifinal. He took four wickets after conceding just 20 runs. The onus will be on the openers Luke Ronchi and Hazratullah Zazai to get the team off to a good start after which Rashid Khan and Wayne Parnell would try to get a stranglehold over the opposition batsman.
In both the semifinals, we have seen that the team batting first has won, while the chasing team has crumbled under scoreboard pressure. In a big game such as this, it would be a wise decision to bat first if you win the toss - which is a bit of a lottery when looking at all the online roulette that is going on at the moment, if you rely on your strategy on the toss of a coin!
Here are the probable playing XIs for both teams.
Balkh Legends - Chris Gayle, Colin Munro, Darwish Rasooli, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil, Gulbadin Naib, Qais Ahmad, Mirwais Ashraf, Aftab Alam
Kabul Zwanan - Luke Ronchi, Hazratullah Zazai, Wayne Parnell, Colin Ingram, Javed Ahmadi, Laurie Evans, Shahidullah, Rashid Khan, Muslim Musa, Fareed Ahmad, Fitratullah Khawari
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? Balkh Legends
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Colin Munro (Balkh Legends), Laurie Evans (Kabul Zwanan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Mohammad Nabi (Balkh Legends), Rashid Khan (Kabul Zwanan)
Most Sixes - Chris Gayle (Balkh Legends), Laurie Evans (Kabul Zwanan)
Team Scores (Batting First) – Balkh Legends 160+, Kabul Zwanan 150+
*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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