Mis Ainak Knights have fared quite well in the tournament, as they emerged victorious in all matches barring one. They deservedly finished at the top of the points table and would hope to cruise towards the finals in similar fashion as well. Band-e-Amir Dragons boast of a significantly better NRR as compared to the Knights but won one match lesser than them and hence had to stay content with a second-placed finish. These two sides would compete each other in the Qualifier 1 of the tournament.
Shpageeza Cricket League 2019
Mis Ainak Knights vs Band-e-Amir Dragons
Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground
October 16th, 2019
10:30 AM IST
Partly cloudy weather with no chances of rain and the temperature ranging around 17 degrees Celsius is expected during the course of the game.
The track would aid the batsmen and make up for a good entertaining clash but the pacers might find assistance early on in the game due to conducive weather conditions as well.
Predicted Playing XI:
Mis Ainak Knights:
Noor Ali Zadran would be banked upon to provide a quickfire start atop the order whilst the likes of Ihsanullah Janat and Mohammad Nabi would come for his aid later on the in the innings. Noor Ahmad would be another key player for the side.
Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ihsanullah Janat, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Tariq Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi (C), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Sadiqullah Patan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmad, Yamin Ahmadzai
This team boasts of a formidable bowling lineup blossomed with the presence of two sure-shot international starters in the names of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Shawkat Zaman and Afsar Zazai are the other crucial players for the team.
Javed Ahmadi, Naveed Obaid, Shawkat Zaman, Nasir Jamal, Afsar Zazai (WK), Hayatullah, Batin Shah, Rashid Khan (C), Fareed Ahmed, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Nijat Masood
Noor Ali Zadran played a fantastically entertaining knock of 73 runs for the Knights in the last league encounter, batting upfront. He notched 11 boundaries in his innings. The fact that Zadran opens the batting means that he would attain better opportunities to score boundaries and notch higher runs than his counterparts, this helping his Dream XI points to elevate to a higher level. He should be a certainty in the fantasy side. Javed Ahmadi from the Band-e-Amir Dragons was in a free-flowing attacking mode to finish off the tournament’s league stage for his side too, as he bagged 117 runs in 63 deliveries against the Boost Defenders. He should be a definite inclusion in the XI based on current form and style of play too. Rashid Khan opened the batting, raced towards 18 runs in 9 deliveries but further impressed with the ball as he notched a dismissal in his 3.4 overs, conceding away only 24 runs in total. Mujeeb ur Rahman scalped away two wickets with an economy rate of merely 5 RPO and hence, in totality, all these players should be roped in the fantasy XI unit.
1: Noor Ali Zadran
2: Rashid Khan
3: Javed Ahmadi
Dream XI & Points Projection:
R Gurbaz, Points: 38-40, Grade: B
A Zazai, Points: 88-90, Grade: A
N Jamal, Points: 50-52, Grade: A
T Stanikzai, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
N A Zadran, Points: 86-88, Grade: A
M Nabi, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
S Ghafari, Points: 42-44, Grade: A
R Khan, Points: 70-72, Grade: A
Y Ahmadzai, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
M ur Rahman, Points: 62-64, Grade: A
N Masood, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are of the author and is not a reflection of the actual points you might earn.