International League T20

The excitement in the International League T20 2024 continues as MI Emirates and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders gear up for a faceoff in Match 12 on Sunday, January 28, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Emirates enter the game with a stellar performance, securing back-to-back wins against Gulf Giants, Knight Riders, and Sharjah Warriors, propelling them to the top of the points table with six points from four matches.

On the flip side, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders face a challenging situation, having suffered defeats in their last two encounters against Emirates and Dubai Capitals. Currently positioned at the bottom of the points table with two points from three matches, Sunil Narine’s side aims to bounce back and climb the ladder.

Match Details:

  • Teams: MI Emirates vs. Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
  • Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
  • Date & Time: Sunday, January 28, 4:00 PM (IST)
  • Live Broadcast and Streaming: Zee TV, Zee TV HD, Sony Six, Sony Six HD

Head-to-Head Record:

  • Matches Played: 3
  • MI Emirates Won: 3
  • Abu Dhabi Knight Riders Won: 0

Pitch Report and Conditions: Recent statistics at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium suggest a preference for teams batting second. With an average first innings score of 144, the team winning the toss is likely to opt for bowling first. The conditions, coupled with past records, point towards a tactical decision by the captains.

Predicted Playing XIs: MI Emirates: Muhammad Waseem, Kusal Perera, Andre Fletcher, Ambati Rayudu, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Tim David, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Trent Boult, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Muhammad Rohid Khan

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders: Alishan Sharafu, Andries Gous (wk), Michael-Kyle Pepper, Sam Hain, Laurie Evans, Imad Wasim, Andre Russell, David Willey, Sunil Narine (c), Joshua Little, Matiullah Khan, Ali Khan

Probable Best Performers: Best Batter – Nicholas Pooran: The MI Emirates captain has been in splendid form, accumulating 148 runs at an impressive average of 49.33. Pooran’s brilliance was on full display with a stellar 51-run knock against Gulf Giants. His consistent performance makes him a key player for Emirates.

Best Bowler – Trent Boult: Leading the wicket-taking charts with nine scalps, Boult has been instrumental for MI Emirates. His remarkable spell of 3/14 against Knight Riders in the previous fixture showcased his ability to make a significant impact with the ball.

Match Prediction: Despite MI Emirates’ formidable form, the prediction favors Abu Dhabi Knight Riders to stage a comeback and secure a vital victory in this crucial encounter.

As the battle unfolds at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await a thrilling clash between the table-toppers and the determined Knight Riders. Will the prediction hold true, or will Emirates continue their winning streak? Tune in to find out on Sunday!

By Suraj Mahto

Suraj Kumar Mahto is currently working as a freelance content writer and is always interested in a challenge. Reach out to [email protected] to connect!