Date: 17 January 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
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Moeen Ali-led Sharjah Warriors have played two games so far in the inaugural edition of International League T20 but are yet to win their first. They have been defeated by MI Emirates and Dester Vipers in the two games played so far. The Warriors will once again be up against MI Emirates on Tuesday who have played only one game so far wherein they beat the Warriors. Now, it is to be seen if the Emirates reign supreme yet again or if Sharjah Warriors avenge their defeat from the last game.
The Sharjah pitch is slow and tends to get slower as the game progresses. So, spinners are always in play. However, the shorter boundary dimensions aid the batter and make the contest even to a certain extent.
Sharjah Warriors have got a really good pool of players. Moeen Ali is at the helm of affairs for the Warriors. But these star players have not clicked together yet. In their two matches played so far, the Warriors have lost by big margins. While they lost to MI by 49 runs, Desert Vipers beat them by seven wickets. Against the Vipers, SW could manage to put 145/5 on the board. After that, their bowlers failed to make a difference, allowing the opposition to chase the target in 16.4 overs and with seven wickets left. Now, with MI to face, the Warriors will look to make the necessary amends and register their first win of the season.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Sharjah Warriors
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Evin Lewis, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Joe Denly, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Woakes, Junaid Siddique, Naveen-ul-Haq, Karthik Meiyappan
MI Emirates have played only one game so far but that game itself gave a hint about how the Kieron Pollard-led team is going to play further. The Emirates put on a run-fest, scoring 204/5 in their 20 overs. Muhammad Waseem (71 off 39), Nicholas Pooran (49 off 30), Kieron Pollard (22 off 13), and Dwayne Bravo (21 off 10) were among the runs for MI. Meanwhile, Imran Tahir (3/26), Fazalhaq Farooqi (2/27), and Bravo (2/13) took the wickets to derail the opposition’s chase. The Emirates will look to repeat their performance when they face the same opponent on Tuesday.
SportsTiger Playing XI of MI Emirates
Muhammad Waseem, Will Smeed, Andre Fletcher, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zahoor Khan, Trent Boult, Imran Tahir
If Sharjah Warriors bat: Score- 155-160; Emirates Win
If MI Emirates bat: Score- 160-1750; Emirates Win
MI Emirates have got experienced players who can change the fate of the game at will. Meanwhile, the Warriors are struggling to find a settled unit that can yield results for them. So, Pollard’s Emirates are expected to pip Moeen’s Warriors.
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