Despite having explosive players like Brendon McCullum, Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien and Asghar Afghan, the batting of the Kandahar Knights has failed to fire which has been the reason of their downfall. However, their bowling led by Amir Hamza and Karim Janat has been fairly economical.
Kabul Zwanan started their campaign by defeating Paktia Panthers on the opening night. After being beaten by Balkh Legends, they bounced back against Nangarhar Leopards.
Hazratullah Zazai smashed 124 off just 55 balls to bring up the maiden century in Afghanistan Premier League. Zazai along with Sussex batsman Laurie Evans will be the pillars of the batting lineup of Kabul Zwanan.
Despite having the number one T20 bowler in Rashid Khan, they are struggling with their bowling. Although Rashid has been quite economical, he has not picked up wickets. Moreover, he is yet to receive any support from his fellow bowlers.
Here are the playing XI for both teams.
Kandahar Knights - Paul Stirling, Brendon McCullum, Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Karim Janat, Kevin O'Brien, Mohammad Naveed, Munir Ahmad, Sayed Shirzad, Waqar Salamkheil, Amir Hamza
Kabul Zwanan - Luke Ronchi, Hazratullah Zazai, Colin Ingram, Javed Ahmadi, Laurie Evans, Shahidullah, Rashid Khan, Ali Khan, Fareed Ahmad, Zahir Shehzad, Nijat Masood
Online Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? Kabul Zwanan
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Brendon McCullum (Kandahar Knights), Laurie Evans (Kabul Zwanan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Amir Hamza (Kandahar Knights), Rashid Khan (Kabul Zwanan)
Most Sixes - Paul Stirling (Kandahar Knights), Laurie Evans (Kabul Zwanan)
Team Scores (Batting First) – Kandahar Knights 160+, Kabul Zwanan 170+
*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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