Date: January 21, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
The Abu Dhabi Knight Riders and MI Emirates are set to go head-to-head to conclude an entertaining ILT20 double-header. Both teams enter this game after contrasting results as the MI Emirates registered a six-wicket win. While the Knight Riders lost to the Desert Vipers in back-to-back games.
The Dubai International Cricket Stadium has always had batting-friendly tracks. The average 1st innings score is 161 in domestic T20 games.
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Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
The Sunil Narine-led side has been at the bottom of the table after losing their first three games. The biggest issue for the Knight Riders has been their batting which has let them down so far in the tournament. The Abu Dhabi-based team has failed to score over 150 runs in all their games restricting their bowlers from opting for a defensive approach.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
Kennar Lewis (wk), Colin Ingram, Brandon King, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine (c), Akeal Hosein, Sabir Ali Rao, Matiullah Khan, Lahiru Kumara
The Mumbai Indians-owned franchise has emerged as early favourites to win the tournament. MI Emirates has remained undefeated with two big wins and has the ability to continue this form against the Knight Riders. Their bowling has been their strength so far with the likes of Trent Boult, Imran Tahir and DJ Bravo looking unstoppable. This dominant bowling attack is paired with a reliable batting lineup with multiple experienced stars, who have scored consistently.
SportsTiger Playing XI of MI Emirates
Will Smeed, Muhammad Waseem, Andre Fletcher, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Najibullah Zadran, Dwayne Bravo, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zahoor Khan, Trent Boult, Imran Tahir
After a string of bad performances, Sharjah Warriors could return to winning form against Dubai Capitals, who enter this fixture after a 101-run loss.
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