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The Dubai Capitals will be locking horns with the Gulf Giants in the eighth match of the International League (ILT20) 2023 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday, January 19. Both teams have been impressive so far and would now look to gain momentum with the aim of being in the top two as the tournament progresses.
The Dubai Capitals find themselves placed at the fourth position in the six-team table having registered a win and a loss from both their opening games so far with two points to their tally at an NRR of 1.610. The Capitals would be heading into this contest on the back of a six-wicket defeat against the same opposition in the reverse fixture.
The Gulf Giants on the other hand are one of the teams to watch out for in the inaugural edition of the ILT20 as they have been on a roll so far having come out victorious in both their opening games with four points to their tally and have an impressive net run rate of 1.540.
The Giants have been pushed to the third spot after the Desert Vipers’ excellent seven-wicket victory over the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Date & Time: January 19, 7:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Zee Network, ZEE5
The surface at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is really good for batting and the batters would be eager to make the most of the short boundaries at this venue to dispatch the bowlers into the stands at regular intervals. The bowlers have always struggled on this pitch in the shortest format and this encounter would be no different either. Therefore, the captain winning the toss will bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs for DUB vs GUL
Dubai Capitals (DUB):
Robin Uthappa (wk), Joe Root, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell (c), Sikandar Raza, Yusuf Pathan, Ravi Bopara, Isuru Udana, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hazrat Luqman, Raja Akif
Gulf Giants (GUL):
James Vince (c), Rehan Ahmed, Ollie Pope (wk), Gerhard Erasmus, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Sanchit Sharma, Richard Gleeson, Aayan Khan
Probable Best Performers from DUB vs GUL:
Probable best batter: James Vince
Skipper James Vince will once again be expected to lead the Gulf Giants from the front like he had in the reverse fixture clash against the Dubai Capitals where he had scored a match-winning half-century. Vince led brilliantly from the front scoring an unbeaten 56-ball 83 to bag the Player of the Match award.
Probable best bowler: Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the lone warrior with the ball in hand in the last game against the Capitals as he finished with figures of 2/36 from his four-over spell. The Afghan mystery spinner would now be hoping to showcase a better performance having known the opposition well.
Today’s Match Prediction: Gulf Giants to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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