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APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips. Only a win will do for Kandahar Knights when they take on Balkh Legends in their final group game of the Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah. The match is scheduled for October 19 and the live action begins at 16:00 local time.

Betting Tips

  • Kandahar Knights must beat table-topping Balkh Legends to qualify for the APL play-offs, having kept their hopes alive with just their second win in seven games last time out.
  • Balkh Legends stormed to the top of the group but have rotated their squad in the last couple of matches and lost to fourth-placed Nangarhar Leopards last time out.
  • Kandahar Knights boast the tournament’s leading wicket-taker so far, with Sayed Shirzad moving to 15 with his 3-36 against Paktia Panthers.

BL vs KDK: Where to watch/Live streaming

TV channels: Ariana Television Network, Dsport, FreeSports, WillowTV, SKY Sport NZ, SuperSport, Ten Sports, Channel 9

Live streaming: Dsport, Willow TV Online, OSN Play, Sky Go, SuperSport Live

Balkh Legends is Our WINNER

Toss Prediction

After a run of teams winning after batting first, the last four matches have all been won by the chasing team, which could signal a change of policy upon winning the toss.

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Balkh Legends Team News & Playing 11

BL Team News

Chris Gayle sat the last game out as Balkh Legends rotated their overseas players again – as they have done in the last two games now. Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara and Colin Munro all returned, with Ben Laughlin and Malcolm Waller also making way. Dilshan Munaweera opened the batting with Munro in Gayle’s absence, but his five-ball one is unlikely to be enough for him to keep his place – despite hitting 46 in his previous innings. With one eye on the play-offs and building momentum now, the smart move would be for Balkh Legends to revert to their strongest line-up.

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

BL Key Players

Chris Gayle was rested for the last match, having finally hit his stride in the previous match when he hit ten sixes in a 48-ball knock of 80 at the top of the order. The West Indian’s T20 career may be winding to a conclusion now, but his achievements in the shortest format of the game mark him as a true modern-day legend.

Ryan ten Doeschate has been Balkh Legends’ batting star though. He hit a sluggish 23 last time out, but that was a stark contrast to his earlier performances. On the opening day he hit 78* to lead the Legends to a six-wicket win, while he also hammered 74* against Paktia Panthers.

Qais Ahmad took 3-19 with the ball last time out, meanwhile – taking him to six wickets in his last three games and all with an impressive economy rate.

Gulbadin Naib is their leading wicket-taker, meanwhile, taking his 12th of the tournament in the win last time out. He was player of the match when these teams last met thanks to taking 4-12 from four overs.

BL Team Form

Balkh Legends won five of their first six games in the competition, including a 14-run win against Kandahar Knights when Colin Munro hit 46 from 24 balls and Gulbadin Naib claimed 4-12 from four overs in a 13-run win.

Their first defeat arrived the following week, when they conceded 204/4 against Paktia Panthers and were all out for 167, but they responded well in bowling Nangarhar Leopards out for 118 and Paktia for 106 in their next two matches.

The batsman then came to the fore in a stunning high-scoring game against Kabul Zwanan – Chris Gayle top-scoring with 80 from 48 balls in a total of 244/6 batting first. In reply, Abdullah Mazari conceded 37 from what is so far his only over of the tournament – six sixes and a wide – but Ben Laughlin’s 3-37 helped turn things around and Balkh Legends eventually won by 21 runs.Last time out they posted just 133/7 from their 20 overs, however. Qais Ahmad took 3-19 from four overs in reply, but Nangahar Leopards strolled to a six-wicket win with two overs to spare.

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Balkh Legends Predicted Playing 11

  • Chris Gayle, Colin Munro, Darwish Rasooli, Ryan ten Doeschate, Ravi Bopara, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali Khil, Gulbadin Naib, Qais Ahmad, Mirwais Ashraf, Aftab Alam

Kandahar Kings Team News & Playing 11

KDK Team News

Asghar Afghan continued at the top of the order for the win against Paktia Panthers, top-scoring with 74 from 42 balls. Paul Stirling repaid the faith showed in him by scoring 20, meanwhile, ending his run of single-figure scores. It all means there are unlikely to be any changes, with Kandahar Knights belatedly settling on their best XI.

KDK Key Players

Asghar Afghan has now hit half-centuries in his last two matches since being promoted to open the batting. The Knights’ captain hit 60 from 31 balls against Kabul Zwanan and then posted 74 from 42 in the vital win against Paktia Panthers last time out. He has three half-centuries and a 45 in the tournament so far, and has 249 runs from his seven innings in total.

Riki Wessels almost left it too late lower down the order, after a patient 22, but with Karim Janat and Karim Sadiq finishing the job in the final over it proved a well-measured innings. Since being flown in as replacement overseas player, Wessels has hit a blistering 46 in his first game and two patient 22s in the Knights’ two wins.

Janat’s boundary in the final over helped the Knights to victory last time out, and he has contributed with bat and ball. He scored 40 in the win against Nangahar Leopards while his last three bowling figures have been 2-19, 3-14 and now 2-18 on his way to 11 wickets in the tournament.

Sayed Shirzad is top wicket-taker in the tournament though. The left-arm medium-pacer took 3-36 against Paktia Panthers last time out and now has 15 from his seven matches.

KDK Team Form

Kandahar Knights had no points after the first round of APL fixtures, losing to every side to leave them bottom of the pile after four matches. They turned it around in their fifth game, against Nangahar Leopards, however, recovering from 27/5 and 75/8 with the bat to finish on 136/8, before their bowlers ripped through the Leopards to dismiss them for 110.The Knights were well-set to make it two from two in the following game, after Asghar Aghan’s 60 helped them to 152/5 with the bat. Kabul Zwanan were below the required rate as the innings wore on, but hit 23 from the penultimate over to win by four wickets.

Nevertheless, the Knights bounced back again last time out. Asghar Afghan’s 74 from 42 balls got them off to a great start in pursuit of the Paktia Panthers’ 167/7, and Karim Janat and Karim Sadiq hit a boundary apiece in the final over to lead them to a four-wicket win.

Kandahar Kings Predicted Playing 11

  • Asghar Afghan, Paul Stirling, Brendon McCullum, Riki Wessels, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Naveed, Sayed Shirzad, Waqar Salamkheil

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

APL 2018: Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Knights Match Prediction & Betting Tips

Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)

BL : L W W W L

KDK : W L W L L

Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Kings Betting Odds

Kandahar Knights have given themselves a shot at the final play-off place but they are outsiders for this one. Bet365 are offering 1.57 on Balkh Legends to win, while Kandahar Knights are as high as 2.37.

Balkh Legends have rotated players in the last couple of games, but with their full-strength batting line-up back they have Chris Gayle (3.50 to be their top batsman) and Ryan ten Doeschate (5.00) both in good form.

Asghar Afghan has undoubtedly been Kandahar Knights’ top man, and he is 5.50 to finish as their top batsman on the back of his back-to-back half-centuries since being promoted to open the batting.

With the ball, meanwhile, Sayed Shirzad is a generous 5.00 to be Kandahar Knights’ top bowler despite being the leading wicket-taker in Afghanistan Premier League 2018 so far.

Balkh Legends vs Kandahar Kings Prediction

Balkh Legends suffered a rare blip last time out, but with one eye on gathering momentum for the play-offs, they can come roaring back against Kandahar Knights – leaving the Knights outside the play-off places.

Final Verdict: Back Balkh Legends to beat Kandahar Knights at 1.57 with Bet365.

 

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