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APL 2018, Match 5, Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights, Match Prediction: Who Will Win the Match?

Asghar Afghan will hope for a better show from his troops.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The second match on the doubleheader day in the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) on Sunday will be between Kandahar Knights and Balkh Legends. The latter side lost their first game against Nangarhar Leopards and they will be itching to make amends in this encounter. The Legends, however, will have to make sure they start their tournament on a good note before facing the Knights.

Asghar Afghan will be disappointed with his team as their shambolic fielding let them down in the previous game while defending the meagre total of 140. Even their batsmen should’ve done much better after starting decently well in the powerplay. Karim Janat was their best batter and everyone should take a leaf out of his book to put up a good total on the board.

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Mohammad Nabi, on the other hand, is a smart cricketer and will be keen to lead after a long time. He was at the helm for Afghanistan during their rise and his skills will be once again tested. Though Chris Gayle’s absence will most likely hurt the Legends and some other batsman will have to make up for him at the top of the order.

Team Combinations

Kandahar Knights

Despite a poor show, Kandahar Knights are unlikely to make any changes to the team. The XI players who stepped out on the field should only concentrate on putting their best forward and good times will start for them. Paul Stirling and Brendon McCullum have to carry on for some more overs after getting a start to make things easy for the ‘Afghan’ middle-order. Their bowling looks fairly settled and have good enough variations up their sleeve.

Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Paul Stirling, Karim Sadiq (wk), Asghar Afghan (c), Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Kevin O Brien, Amir Hamza, Tymal Mills, Waqar Salamkheil, Sayed Shirzad

Balkh Legends

They will have to play back to back matches and the heat in the UAE is likely to take a lot out of them. Though a lot of changes aren’t expected in the team which is currently playing the encounter. Chris Gayle will fly on the game day and is unlikely to play this game as well. However, the team management will be confident of their available troops to make a difference by putting up a stunning show.

Probable XI: Colin Munro, Usman Ghani, Ravi Bopara, Ryan ten Doeschate, Darwish Rasooli, Mohammad Nabi(c), Ikram Ali Khil(w), Gulbadin Naib, Mirwais Ashraf, Ben Laughlin, Aftab Alam

Probable Top Performers

Paul Stirling – Kandahar Knights | Hazratullah Zazai – Balkh Legends

The prediction if for the Balkh Legends to hand over the second consecutive loss to the Knights.

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