Abu Dhabi Knight Riders have been pathetic in the ongoing International League T20 (ILT20). They have played five matches so far in the tournament but failed to win any. Next up, they are going to challenge Gulf Giants, who are currently leading the points charts. With a win, the James Vince-led side can solidify their place at the top of the table but the Knight Riders franchise cannot afford to lose again, as it can eliminate them from the competition.
Now, after winning four matches on the trot, the Gulf Giants suffered their first loss in the last match against Sharjah Warriors. Bowling first, they restricted the Warriors to 151 runs but failed to chase it down after a flop batting show. David Wiese and Chris Jordan tried to rescue the ship but it didn’t work as they suffered a 21-run defeat. Despite that, there’s not a lot to worry about at the moment. The team would expect to return back to winning ways when they take on the Knight Riders.
For the Abu Dhabi-based franchise, there currently are plenty of problems to deal with. None of their plans has worked so far and that’s a massive reason to worry. Their batting finally lived up to the potential in the previous match against MI Emirates but their bowlers were disappointing yet again. Sri Lanka international, Dhananjaya de Silva, smashed 65 off 40 deliveries and he once again needs to play a similar kind of innings to bail the team out of this position. When it comes to bowlers, Andre Russell gave away 57 runs in four overs in the last match while all the other bowlers except Sunil Narine looked pale.
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: January 25, 7:30 PM IST
Telecast & Live Streaming: Zee Network, ZEE5
Once the batters settle down, they can score plenty of runs on this wicket. Bowling first will be ideal and anything above 180 will be a good score on this wicket.
Probable Playing XIs for ABD vs GUL:
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (ABD):
Brandon King, Kennar Lewis(w), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Andre Russell, Raymon Reifer, Akeal Hosein, Sunil Narine(c), Zawar Farid, Lahiru Kumara, Sabir Ali Rao
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
Probable Best Performers from ABD vs GUL:
Probable best batter: James Vince
James Vince has smashed 229 runs from five matches so far in the ILT20. He currently is the second-leading run-scorer in the tournament and would hope to continue with the same kind of form in the match against the Knight Riders
Probable best bowler: Chris Jordan
The death-over specialist Chris Jordan is the leading wicket-taker in the ongoing ILT20. The England international has clinched 10 wickets from five matches so far in the tournament.
Today’s Match Prediction: Gulf Giants to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.