Date: January 13, 2023
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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The year 2023 has started with a bang for cricket lovers. From India vs Sri Lanka T20Is to SA20, the fans are getting thrilling action of cricket every day. And now the entertainment is set to get double with the start of International League T20. The tournament is set to begin on Friday with Dubai Capitals taking on the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the opening match. Before the big game, let's predict which team has an upper hand.
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Both sides have included some big star players in the squad. While the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders will have the experience of T20 veterans Andre Russell and Sunil Narine, the Capitals have power hitters in the form of Rovman Powell and Hazratullah Zazai.
Jonny Bairstow and Paul Stirling will have the responsibility to provide a blistering start to the Riders, while spinner Akeal Hosein will be the bowler to watch out for.
Dubai Capitals have some big experienced names in their squad. Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, and Joe Root can provide much-needed stability to the side.
Mujeeb ur Rahman and Blessing Muzarabani will lead the bowling pack but their only concern will be Dushmantha Chameera, who is currently battling an injury.
However, after carefully analysing the squad, the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders look like a better team on paper and are likely to win the opening game.
Predicted powerplay score and average first innings total
As we saw numerous times in IPL 2020, teams chasing at the Dubai International Stadium have had a definite advantage. The pacers will get some assistance with the new ball. The average score here since 2009 is 147. With the ball doing a bit early on, the powerplay score is expected to be around 35-40.
| Abu Dhabi Knight Riders |
Winner of the match
| 1.68 || 1.99 |
Team to win the toss
| 1.90 ||1.90|
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