Date & Time: Monday, September 14, 14:30 IST
Venue: Kabul International Cricket Stadium, Kabul, Afghanistan
Well, here comes the first eliminator of the tournament. It is Dragons, who will be locking horns with Defenders at the same venue on Monday evening. Both teams will look to put their best lineups in the middle to seal the qualifier-2 spot. In league stage, both Dragons and Defenders finished third and fourth respectively.
Karim Janat is the top scorer for Boost Defenders with 164 runs at a strike rate of 159. Munir Ahmad, Gulbadin Naib and Imran Janat have also scored over 100 runs each. Amir Hamza is their best bowlers and has picked up 5 wickets at 22 in the season so far. Gulbadin Naib and Karim Janat have also done extremely well.
On the other hand, Band-e-Amir Dragons ended the group stage at the 3rd spot in the Shpageeza Cricket League 2020 with 3 wins and 2 losses from 5 matches. The team has 6 points and a net run rate of 1.005. Usman Ghani has been their top run scorer with 249 runs. Sharafuddin Ashraf and Waqar Salamkheil are the top wicket takers for the side with 10 and 8 wickets respectively.
With many big stars to grace the stage today, we expect it to be a cracker of a contest.
Ali Khil, Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Nasir Jamal, Ibrahim Zadran, Bilal Sami, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Tariq Stanikzai, Farhad Momand, Waqar Salamkhel
Munir Ahmad, Ihsanullah, Nisar Wahdat, Imran Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Waqarullah Ishaq, Shafiqullah Ghafari, Sayed Shirzad, Amir Hamza, Tahir Adil
So far, the venue has been highly unpredictable with scores either being over 180 or being in the zone of 140-150. With both teams having a good quality in the lineups, it could be anything in the area of 160’s. Initially, batsmen will have the edge while spinners will enjoy the conditions, as the game progress.
Without any second thoughts, we have to pick Usman Ghani as our must-have player for this contest. He has got incredible stats to his name and been pretty consistent with his scores. He has got PPM of 77 in the tournament, which tells you the story.
Yet another player, who straightaway walks into this chart. He has been incredible with his skills for Defenders this season. He has got PPM of 58 in this tournament with an MDTA Of 1.67.
Like Naib, Janet has been sensational for his team. Both with the bat and ball, he has been doing his job pretty well. He has got PPM of 74 in this season with an MDTA of 1.25.
Ashraf has been the find of the season. He has utilised the conditions brilliantly to make things happen for his side. His PPM of 68 tells you how well he has performed so far in the tournament.
Our big bet for this contest is Zazai. He is such a player, who can take the game away from the opposition with ease, once he gets his eye in. We expect him to do well for this game, thus, we have him as our big bet.
He is our miss tonight. The flamboyant batsman has started well but failed to keep his consistency. Besides that, avoiding him will be beneficial for the user to have their credits right for the rest of the big players.