Dubai Capitals defeated MI Emirates in their final ILT20 league stage match. MI Emirates’ main issue going into this game will be inconsistency at the plate.
They have a good record at this venue, having won two of two matches. MI Emirates scored 241 runs batting first in their last game in Sharjah. Since then, there have been two games at this venue, and the team batting first has failed to reach a large enough total.
In the lower middle order of both teams, there are some power-hitting finishers. The key batsmen are Pollard and Pooran for MI Emirates and Rovman Powell and Yusuf Pathan for the Capitals.
Uthappa has been backed by Dubai Capitals for a long time, and the veteran batsman has very low returns. His experience is valuable in a knockout game like this, but his strike rate isn’t particularly high for an opening batsman.
The Eliminator between Mi Emirates vs Dubai Capitals will take place on February 9th, 2023 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.
Match Details to Note
Match: Mi Emirates vs Dubai Capitals, Eliminator, International League T20 2023
Date: February 09, 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Pooran led the MI Emirates in their most recent league stage game, a 7-wicket loss to Dubai. Pollard should be available for the Eliminator. He is not only a better fit for captaincy, but he also adds strength to the lower order.
Other notable absences from the previous game included DJ Bravo, Imran Tahir, and Trent Boult. These three bring a wealth of bowling experience to the table.
Bravo has consistently delivered breakthroughs for the MI, and it would be fair to give him a chance here. As the Emirates’ opening pair, Andre Fletcher and Muhammad Waseem must improve.
In their last three matches, the duo has scored 9, 35, and 4 runs for the first wicket. Pollard should also consider bringing back Najibullah Zadran, who can be vital in the middle order. MI Emirates must find ways to add strength in the middle because the opening duo is in poor shape.
The most promising batters in this lineup are Lorcan Tucker and Nicholas Pooran. Fazalhaq Farooqi, in addition to the experienced bowling trio, is a key bowler to keep an eye on in the MI setup. Craig Overton made an impact in the most recent game against the Dubai Capitals. And he can be expected to remain in the Eliminator’s starting XI.
Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Trent Boult, Andre Fletcher, Imran Tahir, Samit Patel, Will Smeed, Jordan Thompson, Najibullah Zadran, Zahir Khan, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Brad Wheal, Bas de Leede, Muhammad Waseem, Basil Hameed, Vriitya Aravind, Zahoor Khan, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Overton, Tom Lammonby, Dan Mousley, McKenny Clarke
Possible Playing XI:
Andre Fletcher, Muhammad Waseem, Nicholas Pooran, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Dwayne Bravo, Craig Overton, Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zahoor Khan
The Dubai Capitals won their fourth game of the season, defeating MI Emirates, to secure their place in the playoffs. In their last four games, they have won two and lost two. Both of those defeats came at the hands of the Desert Vipers.
The Capitals would be pleased that they have won two of their last three games while chasing a total. That would instill confidence in the skipper’s batters as they travel to Sharjah for the Eliminator.
This is the same ground where the Capitals were bowled out for 80 runs while chasing a target of 182 against the Gulf Giants. Sikandar Raza has returned to the squad, which will be another factor in Dubai Capitals’ favour. He’s a capable all-arounder who can make a game-changing difference.
Raza scored an unbeaten 56 off 36 balls as the Capitals won by 7 wickets after finishing with 1 for 29 against MI Emirates in their previous game. Adam Zampa is another important spin bowler in this squad. The leg-break bowler from Australia has been consistent.
George Munsey and Dasun Shanaka are the in-form and reliable batsmen in the top three of the Dubai Capitals lineup. Shanaka has been Sri Lanka’s finisher on numerous occasions this year. Others in this lineup, such as Powell, Raza, and Yusuf Pathan, can provide big finishes for the team.
Rovman Powell (c), Hazratullah Zazai, Sikandar Raza, Daniel Lawrence, Dasun Shanaka, George Munsey, Fabian Allen, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Isuru Udana, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Niroshan Dickwella, Fred Klaassen, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Ravi Bopara, Chirag Suri, Jash Giyanani, Akif Raja, Joe Root, Chamika Karunaratne, Ollie White, Hazrat Luqman, Jake Ball, Adam Zampa
Possible Playing XI:
George Munsey, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Sikandar Raza, Dasun Shanaka, Rovman Powell, Yusuf Pathan (c), Adam Zampa, Fred Klaassen, Jake Ball, Hazrat Luqman, Akif Raja
Mi Emirates vs Dubai Capitals Toss Prediction
Team bowling first has won 43 of Sharjah’s 66 domestic T20s. Given their recent form, the Dubai Capitals would be confident in batting second this time. MI Emirates, with Pollard and Pooran in the lineup, would also be inclined to pursue a target on this ground.
Mi Emirates vs Dubai Capitals Pitch Report
The shorter boundaries at Sharjah Cricket Stadium make it easier for batters to hit sixes. It would depend on the pitch on the day whether sixes fell or bowlers spun a web. At this venue, the average first-inning score is 155 runs. The condition of the pitch on match day would provide a more accurate estimate of the winning total.
Sharjah’s pitch has been on the slower side, with the occasional high-scoring game. The curators have tried to make a fatter surface in T20 leagues, but it is generally slow. The forecast calls for cloudy skies and a high temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.
Mi Emirates vs Dubai Capitals Prediction
MI Emirates have a good record at this venue and a strong squad that can compete with any side in T20 cricket. However, they will face stiff competition from the Capitals, who have match-winning finishers and bowlers on their roster. The game between the two sides promises to be exciting, with MI Emirates starting with a slight advantage over the Capitals. In our match prediction, MI Emirates will be the favourites. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Mi Emirates is the favourite to beat Dubai Capitals at the odds of 1.65.
Mi Emirates vs Dubai Capitals Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Dwayne Bravo has consistently delivered breakthroughs for the MI, and it would be fair to give him a chance here.