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ADKR vs GG, Match 16, ILT20 2023 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Gulf Giants, (ADKR vs GG, Match 16, ILT20 2023)

Date: January 25, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Gulf Giants and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders are set to lock horns for the second time this ILT20 season. The two teams will meet in match no. 16 of the tournament at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, January 25th.

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders have had a disastrous campaign in ILT20. If torturing their fans in the IPL wasn’t enough, the Knight Riders have gone a step further and lost all of their five matches so far. They are reeling at the bottom of the table and are coming off a five-wicket defeat versus MI Emirates. 

Dhananjaya de Silva scored 65 off 40 balls while Sunil Narine smashed 28 off 18 as the posted 170/7 batting first. Defending the target, Lahiru Kumara picked 2 for 34 while Narine bagged 1 for 24 off his four overs. But Andre Russell could not defend 20 off the final over.

Gulf Giants have had a contrasting season so far, winning four out of five matches. Their four-match winning streak came to an end in the previous game after losing to Sharjah Warriors by 21 runs on Monday.

Chris Jordan led the way with the ball, picking 3 for 25 in his four overs as the Giants restricted their opponents to 151/7. But chasing the target, they suffered a big collapse early on, losing six wickets for just 30. David Wiese scored 35 off 29 down the order while Jordan smashed 37 off 26 but the target was out of reach.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for ADKR vs GG, Match 16, ILT20 2022/23

Dubai International Cricket Stadium has generally favoured bowlers more than the batters. Over 100 domestic T20s have been hosted here with the average first innings score of 156. However, in the ongoing season, the number stands at 167 after seven games, with five of those being won by the chasing side.

The weather in Dubai is expected to be cloudy on Wednesday evening. There’s over 40% chance of precipitation in the afternoon and dropping to 25% in the evening. The temperature should hover around 21°C.

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders – Expected XI and Team News

The Knight Riders had Brandon King and Kennar Lewis opening the innings, with Colin Ingram sitting on the bench. Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine form the middle order. The bowling attack has the likes of Lahiru Kumara, Akeal Hosein and Narine.

Probable XI – Brandon King, Kennar Lewis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Andre Russell, Raymon Reifer, Akeal Hosein, Sunil Narine (c), Zawar Farid, Lahiru Kumara, Sabir Ali Rao

Gulf Giants – Expected XI and Team News

Gulf Giants have Rehan Ahmed and James Vince at the top of the order, followed by Chris Lynn, Tom Banton and Shimron Hetmyer. David Wiese and Chris Jordan offer a great all-round value down the order. Richard Gleeson and Sanchit Sharma are the two specialist seamers.

Probable XI – Tom Banton (wk), James Vince (c), Chris Lynn, Rehan Ahmed, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Liam Dawson, Aayan Afzal Khan, Chris Jordan, Sanchit Sharma, Richard Gleeson

Best Captaincy Picks for the ADKR vs GG match

Sunil Narine: All-rounder, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders

Sunil Narine has been pretty economical in the tournament, picking five wickets at 6.60 rpo. He has only scored 51 runs in the tournament but looked good in the last game. Narine has a stellar record in the shorter format and can be a good C/VC option here. 

Chris Jordan: All-rounder, Gulf Giants

Chris Jordan has picked 10 wickets for the Giants in the ongoing tournament, striking every 10.5 balls with best of 3/12. Jordan picked 3 for 25 in the previous game while smashing 37 off 25. He can be a good C/VC with the form and all-round value.

James Vince: Batter, Gulf Giants

James Vince has been in terrific form, scoring 229 runs in five innings at an average of 57 and strike rate of 151. The Englishman has smashed three fifties in the tournament. Vince remains a top C/VC option.

Top Differential Picks

Lahiru Kumara: Bowler, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders

Lahiru Kumara has taken 2/31 and 2/34 in the last couple of games. The Sri Lankan fast bowler has 58 wickets in T20 cricket with two four-fors. Picked by 29% of MPL teams, Kumara can be a good differential pick.

Richard Gleeson: Bowler, Gulf Giants  

Richard Gleeson has been terrific in the ongoing tournament, picking six wickets in five games at an economy of just 5.63. He’s picked by 45% of the fantasy players and offers good differential value.

MPL Fantasy XI

Where and what time to watch the match live in India

Zee network has the rights of the ILT20 League broadcast in India. You can watch the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Gulf Giants match on multiple channels such as &FLIX, &FLIX HD, &PicturesHD, Zee Zest, Zee Zest HD, Zee Cinema and Zee Cinema HD. You can also catch the action live on online streaming platform Zee5 application.

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.


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