MI Emirates (EMI) will face the Gulf Giants (GUL) on February 1 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, after thrashing the Desert Vipers in their previous game. The Kieron Pollard-led side is currently third on the ILT20 points table after seven games, while their opponents, the Gulf Giants, have played some fantastic cricket this season and are currently first. As a result, when these two teams meet, it will be a spectacle for the fans.
In the previous match, MI Emirates batted first and scored 241 runs after 20 overs. Their top order wreaked havoc on the Vipers, with Muhammad Waseem scoring 86 off 44 deliveries and his partner hitting 50 off 39. Kieron Pollard, the skipper, later joined the party, scoring 50 points in just 19 deliveries. Dan Mousley also had a brilliant cameo, scoring 31 runs off 17 pitches.
The bowlers matched the batters’ performance in the second innings, dismissing the Vipers for only 84 runs. Fazalhaq Farooqi took three wickets, conceding only 13 runs in three overs, while Zahoor Khan and Imran Tahir each took two wickets to demolish the Vipers’ batting. As a result, they will be extremely confident in their performance.
The Giants’ final two games of the season were cancelled due to inclement weather. They have only lost one match this season, so the team will be hoping to do well against Mumbai and establish their dominance at the top of the table. Their batting in the previous match was below-par, and this is where they need to improve right now.
MI Emirates vs Gulf Giants, ILT20 2023, Match 24
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time and date: February 1, 7:30 PM IST
The batters have had a great time on the Abu Dhabi surface. Because it is a high-scoring wicket, anything above 180 will be considered a good score. The captain who wins the toss should bowl first.
Probable Playing XIs for GUL vs EMI:
Gulf Giants (GUL):
Tom Banton(w), James Vince(C), Chris Lynn, Rehan Ahmed, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Aayan Afzal Khan, Chris Jordan, Sanchit Sharma, Richard Gleeson
MI Emirates (EMI):
Muhammad Waseem, Andre Fletcher, Lorcan Tucker(w), Kieron Pollard(C), Najibullah Zadran, Dan Mousley, Dwayne Bravo, Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zahoor Khan