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Gulf Giants vs MI Emirates, ILT 2023, Today Match Prediction

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE

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Table toppers Gulf Giants look to retain their position as they face the MI Emirates in Dubai

  • Gulf Giants have won 4 matches so far and lost just 1
  • Though MI have lost their last two games, skipper Kieron Pollard is in sublime form
  • Gulf Giants lost their last match in Dubai while chasing 152 runs

Our prediction is for MI Emirates to win

Tournament: International League T20, 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, UAE | Toss: To Bowl

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Name
GGT
DV
MIE
SW
DBC
ADKR
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
6
4
1
0
1
9
1.451
5
4
1
0
0
8
2.212
5
3
2
0
0
6
0.34
6
2
3
0
1
5
-0.361
6
2
3
0
1
5
-0.766
6
0
5
0
1
1
-2.854

Gulf Giants will be facing MI Emirates in their next two consecutive games. The MI Emirates have a chance to topple the Giants in the standings.

If MI Emirates win both games, they will lead the charts with 10 points. Emirates are on the brink of a hat-trick of losses. The top-order failure is the biggest concern for MI coming into this match.

In both of their last two outings, it was the lower middle order that made significant contributions to the total. Gulf Giants were bowled out for 130 runs while chasing 152 in their last game. This would have dented their momentum after a successful run chase against the Vipers.

Both teams need their respective top order to flourish to make a comeback. MI have the experience of Trent Boult and Dwayne Bravo while Gleeson, Wiese, and Jordan are the key bowlers in Gulf Giants.

Gulf Giants Preview

Giants will be looking to pull themselves back after their recent loss against Sharjah Warriors. Tom Banton and James Vince need to get them off to a flying start and lay a strong foundation.

The batting lineup is deep and there are some quality hitters lower down the order to help Giants finish on a high. But they can’t reach a good total unless some of the top 4 batters play some significant knocks.

Apart from Vince, the Giants also have Chris Lynn in their side. The veteran Australia big-hitter plays a key role at number 3 for the Giants.

In their successful run chase over Desert Vipers, Lynn scored 71 off 42 balls at number 3. Shimron Hetmyer added 70 off 35 balls at number 5 helping the Giants on their way to victory chasing 196.

Lynn and Hetmyer had added 117 runs for the 4th wicket after Giants were 3 down for just 30 runs in the 5th Over. There are many reliable players throughout this lineup who can play such knocks that resurrect the Gulf innings.

Liam Dawson, David Wiese, and Chris Jordan add more strength to the batting lineup at 6, 7, and 8 respectively. While this may allow the top order to play more freely, Lynn and Vince cannot afford to throw their priceless wickets.

Richard Gleeson, David Wiese, and Chris Jordan will be the key bowlers in this setup to watch out for.

Gulf Giants Predicted Playing XI:

Tom Banton (wk), James Vince (c), Chris Lynn, Rehan Ahmed, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Aayan Afzal Khan, Chris Jordan, Sanchit Sharma, Richard Gleeson

MI Emirates Preview

MI Emirates started off their campaign with three back-to-back wins. The winning run ended with a loss against Dubai Capitals. 

Though Emirates have lost their last two matches, their key players continue to be consistent. Pollard and Najibullah Zadran were exceptional and played a big role in MI Emirates’ wins.

They continue delivering the same impactful performances. Pollard scored 86 off 38 at number 5 while chasing 223 runs against Dubai Capitals.

Zadran also scored a quick-fire 30 off 9 balls as MI lost by 16 runs. In the next game that MI Emirates lost against Desert Vipers, Pollard was the top scorer with 67 off 39 balls at number 5.

Apart from these two, Andre Fletcher and Nicholas Pooran at 3 and 4 will be key players in the MI batting lineup. Except for the opening duo that hasn’t been performing well, MI Emirates have a solid batting lineup. Their key players are in form and can put a competitive total in this game.

Trent Boult will be the key bowler with the new ball. Most of the bowling attack has struggled lately and have been quite expensive. Bravo has plenty of experience and can deliver timely breakthroughs. But he hasn’t been consistent and isn’t a very reliable bowler. 

MI Emirates Predicted Playing XI:

Muhammad Waseem, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard (c), Najibullah Zadran, Samit Patel, Dwayne Bravo, Trent Boult, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Brad Wheal

MI Emirates Key Players From Previous Game Of International League T20, 2023

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
K Pollard
67
39
1
6
171.79
N Pooran
57
49
4
2
116.33
A Fletcher
21
18
2
0
116.67
Bowlers
O
M
R
W
Econ
S Patel
2.0
0
23
2
11.5
T Boult
4.0
0
34
1
8.5
B Wheal
3.3
0
43
0
12.29
HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
17
2.04 mm.
7.01 k/h
From: ESE
98%
03h
17
0.14 mm.
4.56 k/h
From: ESE
60%
06h
16
0.60 mm.
5.12 k/h
From: E
60%
09h
17
0.57 mm.
4.89 k/h
From: E
80%
12h
19
0 mm.
6.05 k/h
From: ENE
96%
15h
18
0 mm.
6.69 k/h
From: E
80%
18h
17
0.18 mm.
5.59 k/h
From: E
60%
21h
17
0 mm.
4.36 k/h
From: ENE
15%

Weather Conditions

The pitch is batting-friendly and the ball comes on to the bat nicely. There can be a bit for the spinners too, but overall, it is a treat for the batters. Showers are expected in Dubai on the match day with a high of 20 degrees Celsius.

Venue Details

The Dubai International Stadium is one of the most popular venues in the UAE that has hosted T20 World Cup games too. The average 1st innings score in domestic T20s at this ground is 156 runs. Gulf Giants chased down 196 runs in their last match at this venue. 

Toss: To Bowl

Teams batting second have won 5 of the 7 matches played at this venue in Dubai. Batting gets easier in the second innings, particularly in the evening games. Both teams have deep batting lineups with big-hitting finishers and would prefer to bowl first.

Toss will be crucial in this game as teams batting second have an upper hand on this ground. Both teams have a strong overall squad with deep batting lineups. There are many experienced T20 players in both teams. Though MI bowlers have been expensive lately, their strong and consistent middle order gives them an edge over the Giants. MI Emirates will start as favourites in our match prediction.

Our prediction is for MI Emirates to win

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Author: Vijay G.