International League T20

The excitement continues in the ILT20 Season 2 as Abu Dhabi Knight Riders take on MI Emirates in the 6th match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The clash promises thrilling cricket action, scheduled to commence at 8:00 PM IST on January 23.

Recent Performances:

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders secured a convincing win in their opening match against Desert Vipers, restricting them to 164-8 before Andries Gous’s blistering 95 led them to a comfortable victory.

MI Emirates, after an initial defeat, made a strong comeback against Gulf Giants, posting a formidable 179-5 and successfully defending it by restricting Giants to 161.

Live Streaming and Broadcast:

  • TV Channels (India): ZEE has exclusive broadcasting rights, and fans can catch the action on ZEE Cinema, ZEE Anmol Cinema, ZEE Thirai, ZEE Bangla Cinema, and ZEE Zest.
  • Live Streaming (Pakistan): Geo Sports will broadcast the matches.
  • Live Streaming (US): Willow Sports is the official broadcaster.

Toss Prediction:

Captains are likely to prefer chasing due to the expected dew in the second innings, making defending a target challenging.

Pitch Report:

The pitch is anticipated to be batting-friendly with a flat surface, offering minimal assistance to spinners. Accurate bowling lines will be crucial.

Abu Dhabi Weather Report:

Clear weather is expected, with temperatures ranging between 23 and 18 degrees. Dew could play a significant role in the match.

Team Previews – Abu Dhabi Knight Riders:

News and Playing XI: With a winning start, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders are unlikely to alter their successful combination. Key players include:

  • Andries Gous: Scored an impressive 95 in the previous match.
  • Laurie Evans: A destructive batter capable of turning the game.
  • Sunil Narine: In great form, showcased his skills with a spell of 2-23.

Form: Abu Dhabi had a challenging last season but started the second season on a positive note with a perfect win.

Predicted Playing XI: Michael-Kyle Pepper, Laurie Evans, Alishan Sharafu, Andries Gous (wk), Andre Russell, Imad Wasim, David Willey, Sunil Narine (c), Joshua Little, Ali Khan, Matiullah Khan, Sam Hain (Impact).

MI Emirates:

News and Playing XI: MI Emirates displayed a collective effort in their last game, and with a winning combination, they are expected to maintain the same lineup. Key players include:

  • Nicholas Pooran: Scored a fiery 51 in the previous match.
  • Tim David: Played a match-winning innings of 41 in 15 balls.
  • Trent Boult: Bowled a crucial spell of 2-39.

Form: MI lost the first game but bounced back strongly in the second, showcasing their skills.

Predicted Playing XI: Muhammad Waseem, Will Smeed, Andre Fletcher, Ambati Rayudu, Nicholas Pooran (c & wk), Tim David, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Asif Khan, Trent Boult, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Waqar Salamkheil (Impact).

Head to Head:

MI Emirates holds a clean record against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, winning both their previous encounters.

Betting Odds:

MI Emirates is the favorite on betting platforms, with their well-balanced squad and quality performances.

Match Prediction:

Backed by strong performances in the previous game, MI Emirates is favored to win. Their well-rounded team with quality batting and bowling makes them a formidable opponent.

Top Team Batsmen and Bowlers:

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders:

  • Batsmen: Andries Gous, Laurie Evans, Sam Hain.
  • Bowlers: Sunil Narine, Josh Little, Ali Khan.

MI Emirates:

  • Batsmen: Muhammad Waseem, Nicholas Pooran, Tim David.
  • Bowlers: Trent Boult, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Akeal Hossain.

Betting Tips:

  • Back Nicholas Pooran as MI’s top batter.
  • Back Trent Boult as the top bowler for Abu Dhabi Knight Riders.
  • Back Andreis Gous as Abu Dhabi’s top batter.
  • Back Sunil Narine as the top bowler for MI.
  • Expect more than 12.5 total sixes in the match.


Considering the overall strength and recent performances, MI Emirates is predicted to emerge victorious, showcasing their prowess in both batting and bowling departments.

By Suraj Mahto

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