The Big Picture
As the caravan of the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League rolls on, Nangarhar Leopards will square off against Kabul Zwanan as the former aims to get back to winning ways.
The Leopards’ have hit a rough patch after starting the tournament on a high with a six-wicket win over Kandahar Knights.
Three back-to-back defeats have highlighted the chinks in their batting in particular. Despite Anton Devcich’s 48 and Hasmatullah Shahidi scoring a run-a-ball 23, their lower-middle order capitulated in spectacular fashion in pursuit of 144, set by the Legends’.
The script has been completely different for Kabul Zwanan. Although they survived a scare in the last game thanks to late-order blitz by Rikki Wessels, the Rashid Khan-led unit held on to their nerves to script their third successive win of the tournament.
Earlier, Laurie Evans continued his swashbuckling form, stroking a power-packed 57 off 29 balls to take his side to an eventual match-winning target of 6-173.
The last time these two sides met, Nangarhar was blown away by a rampaging Hasmatullah Shahidi, who stroked a 55-ball-124 to take Kabul past the finish line.
Venue:- Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
When:- Saturday, October 12, 2018, 09:30 PM IST
Here’s how teams’ might line-up for NAN vs KAB:-
Wicket-keeper – Shafiqullah Shafiq
Batsmen – Najeeb Tarakai, Anton Devcich, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi
All-rounder – Ben Cutting (D:- Andre Russell)
Bowlers – Mitchell McClenaghan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Zahir Khan
Wicket-keeper – Luke Ronchi
Batsmen – Laurie Evans, Hazratullah Zazai, Colin Ingram, Javed Ahmadi
All-rounder – Rashid Khan, Shahidullah Kamal
Bowlers – Wayne Parnell, Nijat Masood, Zahir Shehzad, Fareed Ahmad
This NAN vs KAB Dream11 prediction is high-risk but you may reap rewards if some assumptions come off. We advise you not to use these teams in small league contests.
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Team 01:- (Pick More batsmen)
With relatively short boundaries and flat tracks, the tournament thus far has been a graveyard for the bowlers. Thus, we advise you to pick more batsmen than bowlers for the Grand League.
Team 02:- (Focus on all-rounders)
In T20 cricket, we have seen players who can contribute with both bat and ball are an asset to their side. In this tournament, we’ve seen the likes of Ben Cutting, Rashid Khan etc, who have played a significant part for their side with both facets of the game.
Andre Russel didn’t play the last game and there is still no update on his availability. Thus, he’ll be a risky choice for today’s match.
Team 03 & 04:- Total Domination from either side.
Case 01:- Kabul Zwanan wins it one-sided
Case 02:- Nangarhar puts on a dominant display
THIS NAN VS KAB DREAM11 PREDICTION IS HIGH-RISK BUT YOU MAY REAP REWARDS IF SOME ASSUMPTIONS COME OFF. WE ADVISE YOU NOT TO USE THESE TEAMS IN SMALL LEAGUE CONTESTS.