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DC vs DV, Match 20, ILT20 2023 – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Dubai Capitals vs Desert Vipers, (DC vs DV, Match 20, ILT20 2023)

Date: January 28, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Desert Vipers and Dubai Capitals are set to collide in match no. 20 of the inaugural ILT20 season. The two teams will meet at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday, January 28th.

Dubai Capitals are placed fifth on the table with five points from six games. They have won two games and have lost three while the most recent fixture against Sharjah Warriors ended in no result.

Earlier they defeated MI Emirates by 16 runs. Joe Root made 82 off 54 while Rovman Powell hammered 97 off just 41 as the Capitals posted 222/3. Hazrat Luqman was the star with the ball, snaring 2 for 24 in four overs while Fred Klaassen picked 1 for 34, helping the side hold off MI Emirates.

Desert Vipers occupy the second spot on the table with eight points and the best net run-rate in the competition of 2.212. They have played five matches, winning five and losing only one. They’re coming off a seven-wicket victory over MI Emirates on January 24.

Tom Curran picked 2 for 38 whereas Sheldon Cottrell bagged 1 for 20 off four overs to restrict the opponents to 169/5. Chasing the target, Alex Hales smashed 62 not-out in 44 balls while Colin Munro scored 41 off 22. Sherfane Rutherford also blasted an unbeaten 56 in 29 balls to clinch the game in 16.3 overs.

Pitch Report and Weather Forecast for DC vs DV, Match 20, ILT20 2022/23

Dubai International Cricket Stadium is a venue where bowlers have tasted success. Over 100 domestic T20s have been played here with the average batting first score of 156. However, the average first innings score reads 167 in the ongoing tournament. Batting second has an advantage here, with five out of seven matches being won by the chasing side.

The weather in Dubai is most likely to be clear on Saturday evening with no threat of rain. The temperature should hover around 17-21°C.

Dubai Capitals – Expected XI and Team News

Delhi Capitals opened with Hazratullah Zazai and Dan Lawrence in the previous game after Joe Root’s stint came to an end. Robin Uthappa didn’t play due to a niggle. They have signed Adam Zampa for the remaining season and he could come in straight away.

Probable XI – Robin Uthappa, Daniel Lawrence, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Rovman Powell (c), Yusuf Pathan, Sikandar Raza, Dasun Shanaka, Hazrat Luqman, Akif Raja, Fred Klaassen, Adam Zampa

Desert Vipers – Expected XI and Team News

Desert Vipers have the likes of Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Colin Munro and Sherfane Rutherford in their batting line-up. The bowling attack also has some well known names in Wanindu Hasaranga, Tom Curran and Sheldon Cottrell.

Probable XI – Rohan Mustafa, Alex Hales, Colin Munro (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Sam Billings (wk), Tom Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga, Ali Naseer, Gus Atkinson, Sheldon Cottrell, Matheesha Pathirana

Best Captaincy Picks for the DC vs DV match

Alex Hales: Batter, Desert Vipers

Alex Hales has been in sensational form in the ILT20, scoring 418 runs from five innings at an average of 139 and strike rate of 161. He has hammered one hundred and four fifties in the competition and is the best captaincy option in play.

Rovman Powell: All-rounder, Dubai Capitals

Rovman Powell is making an impact for Dubai Capitals with both bat and ball. He has scored 232 runs in six innings at an average of 46 while striking at 180, including 97 off 41. He has also picked five wickets with the ball and remains a top C/VC option.

Sheldon Cottrell: Bowler, Desert Vipers

The left arm pacer has been terrific for Desert Vipers in the ongoing tournament. Sheldon Cottrell has taken 8 wickets from five innings at an economy of just 5.51, including best figures of 3 for 14.

Top Differential Picks

Hazrat Luqman: Bowler, Dubai Capitals

Hazrat Luqman was mighty impressive versus MI Emirates, picking 2 for 24 off four overs in a match where more than 420 runs were scored. He’s picked by around 12% of the MPL players and offers good differential value.

Tom Curran: All-rounder, Desert Vipers  

Tom Curran is picked by only 22% of the MPL teams and could be a good differential. He has taken four wickets at an economy of under 8 and is coming off 2/38. Curran has 185 wickets in the format at 17.3 strike rate.

MPL Fantasy XI

Shubman Gill of India play a shot during the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand held at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on the 24th January 2023Photo by: Arjun Singh / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

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 Dubai Capitals vs Desert Vipers 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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