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MI Emirates vs Sharjah Warriors, ILT 2023, Today Match Prediction 14 January 2023

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

204/5 in 20.0

10.20 Star

155/9 in 20.0

7.75
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Toss Winner - Sharjah Warriors won the toss and chose to bowl first

MI Emirates beat Sharjah Warriors by 49 runs

The ILT20’s inaugural edition promises to be a blockbuster one.

  • Every playing XI needs to feature at least two UAE cricketers and one more from another Associate Nation.
  • All matches will be played across three venues – the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, and Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
  • We feel dashing wicket-keeper batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz will produce something sensational in this match.

Back the Sharjah Warriors as the winners of this match.

Tournament: International League T20, 2023 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE | Toss: To Bowl

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The second match of the inaugural edition of the International League T20 will be played between MI Emirates and Sharjah Warriors at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.  Kieron Pollard will lead the MI Emirates while Moeen Ali will captain the Sharjah Warriors.

MI Emirates Preview

Kieron Pollard has a star-studded team at his disposal and he will want to make a big first impression in the first season of the ILT20. Pollard, who has retired from international cricket and the IPL, is the most experienced T20 player in the squad. The 35-year-old West Indian all-rounder has a whopping 11,915 T20 runs across 614 matches along with 309 wickets. 

Pollard also has the company of fellow West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo in his team who has 614 T20 wickets and 6,894 runs to his name. Andre Fletcher is expected to open the batting along with Will Smeed, both of whom are solid options at the top. We are expecting Nicholas Pooran to make a big impact in this match. The stylish wicket-keeper batter is destructive and has a career T20 strike rate of 141.

MI Emirates have plenty of bowling options to choose from. While Pollard and Bravo are sure to pitch in with a couple of overs in the middle, their man bowlers to watch out for will be fast bowler Trent Boult (212 T20 wickets in 184 matches at an economy of 8.06) and leg-spinner Imran Tahir (466 T20 wickets in 373 matches at an economy of 6.96).

MI Emirates Predicted Playing XI:

Will Smeed, Andre Fletcher, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Najibullah Zadran, Dwayne Bravo, Samit Patel, Jordan Thompson, Imran Tahir, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Trent Boult

MI Emirates Actual Playing XI:

Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Waseem, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Zahoor Khan, Will Smeed, ADS Fletcher, Najibullah Zadran

Sharjah Warriors Preview

Sharjah Warriors, led by England all-rounder Moeen Ali, have a robust batting unit. Moeen himself is an experienced T20 player with 5601 runs in 263 matches and 275 wickets. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, the swashbuckling wicket-keeper batter from Afghanistan, will be one of the most exciting batters in this tournament. He has a strike rate of close to 153 in 108 T20 games with 1 hundred and 18 fifties. 

Evin Lewis and Dawid Malan are expected to be the openers for Sharjah Warriors. While Lewis is an attacking batter who has a strike rate of 140 in T20 cricket, Malan is more of an anchor who will be holding the innings together. 

Chris Woakes will lead Sharjah’s bowling attack. Woakes has 149 wickets in 135 T20 games. He will also be a handy batter lower down the order. Former Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi will enjoy bowling on these surfaces, and his off-breaks will be useful in the middle overs. 18-year-old left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad is also likely to feature in the eleven. Sharjah’s bowling is a little inexperienced, and they will need their batting to fire to make up for that.

Sharjah Warriors Predicted Playing XI:

Moeen Ali (c), Dawid Malan, Evin Lewis, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Joe Denly, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Woakes, Noor Ahmad, Junaid Siddique, Naveen-ul-Haq

Sharjah Warriors Actual Playing XI:

Tom Kohler Cadmore, Evin Lewis, Junaid Siddique, Joe Denly, Mohammad Nabi, Naveen ul Haq, Moeen Ali, Dawid Malan, Karthik Meiyappan, Chris Woakes, Rahmanullah Gurbaz

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The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is typically great for batting with some assistance for the slower bowlers and spinners. Since this will be the first match of the season played here, expect the pitch to be flat with plenty of runs on offer. The absence of grass and the slowness of the surface mean it will be hard work for the fast bowlers here.

The weather in Abu Dhabi on the day of the match is expected to be cool and pleasant. 

Venue Details

The average score batting first at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is 162. The highest total posted here is a colossal 247-2 by Islamabad United. Totals in excess of 170 have been posted 25 times here in 61 T20 games. The team batting first in this match should look to post a total of around 180-190 runs.

Toss: To Bowl

32 of the 61 matches played here have been won by the chasing side. The team winning the toss is likely to field first.

Both MI Emirates and Sharjah Warriors have a balanced unit. While MI Emirates has experience in their ranks, Sharjah Warriors have a lot of exciting T20 batters who can blow any team away on their day. Overall, Sharjah Warriors do appear to be the more explosive side just because of their batting depth. While their bowling is a ittle thin, the sterngth of their batting unit should help them sail through. We think they are likely to dominate this contest.

Back the Sharjah Warriors as the winners of this match.

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