Date: 16 January 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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The inaugural edition of the International League T20 is up and running with every team playing their respective opening games. Now, in the 5th match of the season, Dubai Capitals will be up against Gulf Giants. While the Capitals are coming into the game on the back of a thumping win over Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, Gulf Giants also registered a comprehensive win over the Knight Riders. Now, the two teams will be up against each other in what is expected to be a mouth-watering contest.
The pitch at Dubai International Cricket Stadium tends to get better as the game progresses. Thus, teams bowling second have an upper hand.
Dubai Capitals put on show against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in their opening fixture of the tournament. While the Rovvman Powell-led team scored a massive 187/6 in their 20 overs, they restricted AKR to 114/9 to register an emphatic win. Robin Uthappa (43), Rovman Powell (48) and Sikandar Raza (26) were among the run-getters for the Capitals. With the ball, Akif Raja, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and captain Powell took two wickets each to derail AKR’s chase. Now, they will have the Giants to face in their next game who are also coming on the back of a comprehensive win.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Dubai Capitals
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rovman Powell (c), Joe Root, Robin Uthappa (wk), Ravi Bopara, Yusuf Pathan, Sikandar Raza, Isuru Udana, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hazrat Luqman, Akif Raja
James Vince-led Gulf Giants opened their campaign on high as they beat Sunil Narine’s Abu Dhabi Knight Riders by six wickets. The captain led from the front, scoring a 44-ball 65 in the chase of 115. Meanwhile, Shimron Hetmyer (14* off 7) finished things off for the Giants. With the ball, Sanchit Sharma (3/9) and Chris Jordan (3/28) starred while the likes of David Wiese and Liam Dawson also chipped in with economical spells. Now, with Dubai Capitals to face next, the Giants will want to be at their best.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Gulf Giants
James Vince (c), Rehan Ahmed, Ollie Pope (wk), Gerhard Erasmus, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Aayan Afzal Khan, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Richard Gleeson, Sanchit Sharma
If Dubai Capitals bat: Score- 150-170; Giants Win
If Gulf Giants bat: Score- 145-165; Giants Win
Gulf Giants played a great game of cricket in their opening fixture and almost everyone chipped in for them. Dubai Capitals also registered a big win but the Giants look like a more settled unit. So, they will be the favourites to win on Monday.
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