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ILT20 2023: SW vs DC Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Dubai Capitals vs Sharjah Warriors (DC vs SW)

Date: January 26, Thursday, 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

The Dubai Capitals and Sharjah Warriors will go head to head in Match No. 17 of the International League 2023 on Thursday, January 26. The match will take place at the Sharjah International Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

The Warriors, led by Moeen Ali, are in the middle of the points table with four points and a net run rate of -0.361. They come into this game on the back of back to back wins victories against the Dubai Capitals and the Gulf Giants. In their most recent game, they beat the Giants by 21 runs. Fast bowler Naveen-ul-Haq was adjudged the Player of the Match for registering a five-wicket haul. Chasing 152, the Giants were bowled out for 130 in 19.4 overs.

The Capitals, on the other hand, started the season with a big win over Sunil Narine’s Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. However, lost their next three games by big margins before registering a 16-run win over Kieron Pollard’s MI Emirates.

Against the Emirates, Rovman Powell led from the front and won the Player of the Match award for his knock of 97 off 41 balls which was laced with four fours and 10 sixes. After put given a target of 223 to chase, the Emirates finished with 206 for five.

Ahead of the 17th game of the ILT20, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for DC vs SW

The pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has mostly always been a decent one for batting. The smaller boundary helps the batsmen hit boundaries. The teams batting second have had an advantage at this venue and thus bowling first should be the idea option here.

Overall, a total of 85 T20 matches have been played at this venue in the past, of which 45 were won by the teams bowling first. The average score from those 85 matches is 144. The highest and lowest T20 total on this ground is 212 for 2 and 55 for 10.

The weather in Sharjah is likely to be pleasant during the course of the game. The temperature is expected to cross 21 degrees Celsius.

Dubai Capitals team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Delhi Capitals are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.

Squad: Rovman Powell (c), Dasun Shanaka, Fabian Allen, Mujeeb Rahman, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Sikandar Raza, Hazratullah Zazai, Chirag Suri, Daniel Lawrence, Jash Ginayani, Niroshan Dickwella, Fred Klaassen, George Munsey, Hazrat Luqman, Akif Raja, Joe Root, Robin Uthappa, Ravi Bopara, Yusuf Pathan, Ollie White

Predicted XI: Robin Uthappa, Joe Root, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sikandar Raza, Yusuf Pathan, Rovman Powell, Ravi Bopara, Isuru Udana, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hazrat Luqman, Akif Raja

Sharjah Warriors team news and predicted XI

Team news: The Sharjah Warriors do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI from the previous game.

Squad: Moeen Ali (c), Dawid Malan, Evin Lewis, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Woakes, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Naveen-ul-Haq, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Benjamin, Mark Deyal, Bilal Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Alishan Sharafu, Muhammad Jawadullah, Marcus Stoinis, Jamal Todd, Joe Denly, Paul Walter

Predicted XI: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Joe Denly, Mohammad Nabi, Alishan Sharafu, Paul Walter, Noor Ahmad, Junaid Siddique, Naveen-ul-Haq

Head to head record

This will be second game between the two sides. In the earlier fixture between the two, the Warriors won by seven wickets. Batting first, the Capitals posted a total of 182 runs on the board, which the Warriors chased down in 14.4 overs.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI DC vs SW

Rovman Powell – batsman, Dubai Capitals

The skipper of the Dubai Capitals was dismissed for a duck in the last game but still remains one of the best performers in the tournament so far. Powell has made 86 runs in three games at a strike rate of 150.87. In all, the hard-hitting Jamaican batsman has a batting average and strike rate of 23.42 and 134.64 in 55 T20 internationals.

Robin Uthappa – batsman, Dubai Capitals

Robin Uthappa is the leading run-scorer for the Capitals with 123 runs in three matches at an average of 41 and a strike rate of 148.19. In 291 T20s overall, Uthappa has a batting average and strike rate of 28.18 and 133.08. He was once one of the best batsmen for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz – wicketkeeper batsman, Sharjah Warriors

One of the most flamboyant T20 batsmen, Rahmanullah Gurbaz has scored 80 runs in three matches at an average of 26.66 and a strike rate of 145.45. Overall in 108 T20s, the T20 globetrotter has a batting average and strike rate of 26.25 and 152.94.

Moeen Ali – all-rounder, Sharjah Warriors

The English all-rounder has made 35 runs in three matches and has also picked up a wicket. Moeen Ali is yet to deliver a match-winning performance so far but still remains a good pick for your fantasy team, given the experience he brings to the table. Ali has played 71 T20 internationals for England and 263 other T20s.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman – bowler, Dubai Capitals

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, one of the best spin bowlers around, has taken five wickets in three matches at an average of 17.2, an economy of 7.81, and a strike rate of 13.2. Overall, the young bowler has taken 225 wickets in 202 T20 matches. For Afghanistan, he has 49 wickets in 36 T20 internationals.


DC vs SW – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Dubai Capitals vs Sharjah Warriors match will be telecast on ZEE’s 10 linear channels in English, Hindi, and Tamil as well as on ZEE5.The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on January 26.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. 

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. 

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.


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