SCL Qualifier 1: Kabul Eagles vs Mis Ainak Knights Prediction and Preview
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SCL Qualifier 1: Kabul Eagles vs Mis Ainak Knights Prediction and Preview

14.09.2020, 10:00 IST
Kabul International Cricket Stadium
A team that can withstand pressure is indeed better than those that can’t. Kabul Eagles began their campaign with a loss, but since then proved their mettle every step of the way. Sure, not every single player performed well, and up until their last match there was absolute uncertainty as to their fate, with possible positions spanning first to fifth place. However, they once again persevered to get the better end of that deal. Now league leaders, they must face defending champions Mis Ainak Knights in the first qualifier match. The Knights have had a checkered tournament so far, alternating between winning and losing. Their run rate kept them above the eliminator slots, and now they are a step away from another final. With both teams geared up and in form, the first qualifier promises to be a firecracker. Before the fuse is lit, let’s take a look at how the teams stand.

Kabul Eagles Preview & Form

It’s been a topsy-turvy tournament for all teams involved, and Kabul Eagles will be happy to have the advantage upon exiting the melee. They will also find comfort in the fact that they defeated Mis Ainak Knights in the league stage once already. Gunning for their first final in four years, Kabul have evened the status quo as far as being the favourites is concerned; undoubtedly putting the Knights in a state of worry. In their last match, which was a must-win when it was played, they faced Speen Ghar Tigers in what was essentially an eliminator. Restricting their regional neighbours to a modest 142, they hunted down the target with more than 2 overs to spare.

Mis Ainak Knights Preview & Form

When they started the campaign with a nail biting win, Mis Ainak Knights probably didn’t think they would only make second place. But a defeat to Kabul and falling on the wrong side of another nail biter against Boost Defenders meant that despite their other big victories, they ended up trailing Kabul on the table. The question now is, will they be able to beat a team that’s looking stronger with every passing game? In their own last match, they steamrolled Amo Sharks, but given that the Sharks were pretty much a street level team that somehow snuck into the Shpageeza League this season, that is only natural. 

KABUL vs MAK Match Prediction

With the likes of Shinwari and Gurbaz on the batting side, and Zia-ur-Rehman and young Nangeyalia Kharote on the other, Kabul poses a serious challenge for any opponent. Expect those players to perform as they have been. 

Two close defeats notwithstanding, the Knights have been solid on the field. Expect the destructive Mohammad Shahzad to pair up with Hashmatullah Shahidi to get runs, while Noor Ahmad and Abdullah Mazari hold the bowling end. 

Who will win the qualifier?

Match Prediction: Kabul Eagles Win (1.98 @ 1XBET)

Other Betting Tips:

  • Toss - KABUL

  • KABUL top batsman - R Gurbaz

  • MAK top batsman - M Shahzad

  • Players with most boundaries - R Gurbaz (KABUL), M Shahzad (MAK)

  • Players to score a fifty – R Gurbaz/S Shinwari (KABUL), H Shahidi/M Shahzad (MAK) 

  • Players to take most wickets - N Kharote (KABUL), N Ahmad (MAK) 

  • Most fours - KABUL

  • Most sixes - KABUL

Can Kabul once again trump the Knights to jump to the finals? Or will the Knights trample them into the second qualifier? Find out on Monday!

Who will win the match?

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