Match: Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Gulf Giants, (ADKR vs GG, Match 3, ILT20 2023)
Date: January 15, 2022 – 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Gulf Giants will begin their International League T20 campaign with a clash against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. The match no. 3 of the inaugural edition will take place at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, January 15th.
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders played the season opener with Dubai Capitals, in which they took a 73-run beating. Bowling first, Sunil Narine kept things tight with 1 for 28 in four overs but the rest of the attack leaked runs. Ravi Rampaul and Ali Khan bagged two scalps each but the Capitals went on to post 187/6.
Chasing the target, Paul Stirling smashed 54 off 38 at the top of the order but he had no support whatsoever. Andre Russell (12) was the only other batter to touch double digits as they could only reach 114/9 in 20 overs.
Gulf Giants will be led by James Vince and have a pretty strong squad. They have nine English players including Chris Jordan, Tom Banton, Rehan Ahmed alongside Chris Lynn, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese and Dominic Drakes.
Gulf Giants will be hoping to get their campaign off to a winning note while the Knight Riders would be desperate to open their account as well. Expect a fiercely fought contest in Abu Dhabi on Sunday afternoon.
Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for ADKR vs GG, Match 3, ILT20 2022/23
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi has long boundaries and usually offers good assistance for bowlers. There have been over 120 senior men’s T20 matches played at this venue, with the average first innings score of 151. The highest total at this venue was 247/2 by Islamabad while the lowest of 70 belongs to Bangalore.
The weather in Abu Dhabi is expected to be sunny and pleasant for a full match on Sunday afternoon. There’s no threat of rain with the temperature around 24°C during match hours.
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders – Expected XI and Team News
The Knight Riders opened with Colin Ingram and Paul Stirling in the first game. They have Brandon King, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine in the middle order. Russell and Narine were also good with the ball in the first outing. Fahad Nawaz and Zawar Farid are the two local starters.
Probable XI – Colin Ingram, Paul Stirling, Sunil Narine (c), Brandon King, Fahad Nawaz, Andre Russell, Zawar Farid, Connor Esterhuizen (wk), Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Ali Khan
Gulf Giants – Expected XI and Team News
Gulf Giants could have a top order of James Vince, Tom Banton and Ollie Pope followed by the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese and Dominic Drakes. Chris Lynn won’t be available for this game. Chundangapoyil Rizwan and Aayan Afzal Khan are likely to be the two local players. Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson and Qais Ahmed should form the bowling attack along with all-rounders.
Probable XI – James Vince (c), Tom Banton, Ollie Pope, Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Aayan Afzal Khan, Dominic Drakes, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Qais Ahmed
Best Captaincy Picks for the ADKR vs GG match
Paul Stirling: Batter, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
Paul Stirling was terrific in the season opener, smashing 54 off 38. He has a pretty good record in the shorter format, having scored 7818 runs at an average of 26 while striking at 142. Stirling has three hundreds and 50 fifties in the format, and can be a good C/VC option.
Andre Russell: All-rounder, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
One of the most valuable T20 players in the world, Andre Russell has over 7200 runs at an average of 26 and strike rate of 168. He also has 385 wickets with his right arm fast bowling. Russell picked 1 for 31 and scored 12 runs in the opening game. He remains a top captaincy pick for this game.
James Vince: Batter, Gulf Giants
The Englishman has a fantastic record in the T20 format, with over 8600 runs at an average of 31 while striking at 134. Vince has registered four hundreds and 50 fifties in the format. Vince is coming on the back of good form in the BBL and is a top C/VC option.
Top Differential Picks
Brandon King: Batter, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
Brandon King has decent numbers in the shorter format, with over 2300 runs at an average of 28 and strike rate of 130. King has smashed two centuries and 14 half centuries in T20 cricket. He can be a good differential pick in this fixture.
Dominic Drakes: Bowler, Gulf Giants
Dominic Drakes generally bowls in death overs and is a handy ball striker down the order. He has taken 43 wickets in T20 cricket while scoring 264 runs at a strike rate of 136. With his all-round skill, Drakes can be a good differential.
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 &PicturesHD, Zee Zest, Zee Zest HD, &FLIX, &FLIX 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.