Mis Ainak Knights Preview & Form
One of the hardest positions to be in is that of a defending champion. You carry a massive load on your shoulders consisting of expectations and the fear of losing that title. Such might be the nature of what’s plaguing Mis Ainak Knights, who have only had a 50% win rate at this year’s competition. In their qualifier against Kabul, they seemed set for a win when they scored a towering 208 for 3 with Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 52-ball 97 leading the way. Kabul Eagles, though, had other plans as their own onslaught, carried almost entirely by Noor Ali Zadran and Azmatullah Omarzai, took them past their target with 5 balls to spare. If there’s one thing Mis Ainak Knights need to learn from this, it’s that they can’t take the defense of any target for granted. Especially not against the team they beat in the final last year.
Band-e-Amir Dragons Preview & Form
As we have said before, the eliminator is a nasty place to be in. Props to BEAD for making it out alive, beating Boost Defenders to meet MAK in the second qualifier. Champions in 2017, and runners-up last year, the Dragons are no strangers to pressure. They undoubtedly have a grudge against the Knights for dethroning them last year, and it should and probably will show in their game. In their eliminator, they scored a towering 232 for 2 spearheaded by Asghar Afghan’s mammoth 95 off just 39. In reply, the Defenders could only manage a thoroughly inadequate 156. Considering the fact that the Knights only once scored less than 179 in the entire tournament, such batting will definitely come in handy.
MAK vs BEAD Match Prediction
The two teams are evenly balanced, but Mis Ainak definitely has the edge on batting consistency. Expect Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi to keep that up, while Noor Ahmad and Abdullah Mazari try to limit the opponents.
After the towering 232 today, the Dragons will undoubtedly be confident about beating the Knights. Expect Usman Ghani and Asghar Afghan to keep up their incredible work with the bat, while Sharafuddin Ashraf and Waqar Salamkheil manage things with the ball.
Who will win the qualifier?Match Prediction: Band-e-Amir Dragons Win (1.62 @ 1XBET)
Other Betting Tips:
Toss - MAK
MAK top batsman - M Shahzad
BEAD top batsman - U Ghani
Players with most boundaries - M Shahzad (MAK), U Ghani (BEAD)
Players to score a fifty – H Shahidi/M Shahzad (MAK). U Ghani/A Afghan (BEAD)
Players to take most wickets - N Ahmad (MAK), W Salamkheil (BEAD)
Most fours - BEAD
Most sixes - MAK
Can the Knights rescue the cup in the highest room of the tallest tower? Or will the Dragons incinerate them? Find out on Tuesday!