Date: February 4, 2023
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
To kick off the super Saturday doubleheader, the ILT20 brings you an entertaining fixture between the top two teams as the Desert Vipers will take on the Gulf Giants in Dubai. Both teams have clinched the playoff spots and will now battle for the number one spot in the league. Entering this game, the Vipers took down the Dubai Capitals. While Giants defeated MI Emirates.
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The Dubai International Cricket Stadium has always been a place where both batters and bowlers are benefitted. The average 1st innings score is 156 in domestic T20 games.
The James Vince-led Gulf Giants have put on some dominant performances throughout the season as they have a record of five wins and one loss. The Giants have an incredibly balanced squad with quality across the board. Leading from the front, Vince has been the best batter with 225 runs in six games. Whereas with the ball, England international Chris Jordan has been the top performer.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Gulf Giants
James Vince (c), Chris Lynn, Tom Banton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Aayan Afzal Khan, David Wiese, Gerhard Erasmus, Rehan Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Dominic Drakes, Sanchit Sharma
On the other hand, the league leaders Desert Vipers continue their dream season with seven wins and two losses. The Colin Munro-led side has looked unstoppable throughout the season and will hope to continue this form against their toughest competitors in the league. In the batting department, the Vipers’ leader has been Alex Hales, who is also the highest run-scorer in ILT20 2023. Similarly, with the ball, Sheldon Cottrell has been the top performer as he is the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Desert Vipers
Rohan Mustafa, Alex Hales, Colin Munro (c), Sam Billings (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Wanindu Hasaranga, Tom Curran, Gus Atkinson, Luke Wood, Sheldon Cottrell, Shiraz Ahmed
The Desert Vipers are the favourites to defeat the Gulf Giants at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
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