SW vs GGT Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Feb 06, 2023
The Sharjah Warriors will be playing for survival as they face the table toppers Gulf Giants for their last group-stage fixture in the ongoing season of the International League T20 on Monday.
The Gulf Giants have already reached the next stage of the tournament and will finish in the top-2 spots irrespective of the result here. That means that the Giants have 2 shots at making it to the Final match scheduled to be played on 12th February.
SW vs GGT Team Previews
The Sharjah Warriors have lacked consistency this season and have managed to win just 3 of their 9 matches so far. As a result, they are 4th on the points table, with 7 points. They have the same points as the Dubai Capitals but are placed higher than them thanks to a better NRR. This means that this is a must-win encounter for the Warriors to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The batting has been pretty average for the Warriors this season as except for Tom Kohler-Cadmore, none of the batsmen have been able to score consistently. John Denly and Rahmanullah Gurbaz have played a couple of good innings but have lacked consistency. They have some big hitters in the squad, including Dawid Malan and Evin Lewis at the top of the order but their form has been disappointing, to say the least.
The all-rounders Moeen Ali, Mohammad Nabi, and Marcus Stoinis too have had a poor run with the bat. The quicker bowlers, Junaid Siddique and Naveen ul-Haq have had a good time in the middle, picking up a total of 20 wickets between them.
The team however lacks quality spin bowlers and that has been a big loophole on the pitches of the UAE, which tend to slow down and offer assistance to the slower bowlers.
Sharjah Warriors Playing 11
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Tom Kohler Cadmore, Evin Lewis, Joe Denly, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Woakes, Junaid Siddique, Muhammad Jawad Ullah, Noor Ahmad.
The Gulf Giants are easily one of the best sides of this season and have established themselves as firm favorites to lift the inaugural title. Despite 2 of their matches getting washed away due to rain, the Giants are currently at the top of the points table, albeit with the same points as the Vipers.
The Giants have a strong batting line-up, with the likes of James Vince, Shimron Hetmeyer, and Chris Lynn being in top form. The Giants also have a couple of decent all-rounders in the form of Gerhard Erasmus and David Weise, who are capable of scoring some quick runs lower down the order.
Carlos Brathwaite has recently joined the squad and that will further strengthen the team’s ability to score big totals. Talking about the bowling, Chris Jordan has been in prime form, scalping 14 wickets so far, and is the leading wicket-taker in this tournament.
Richard Gleeson and Sanchit Sharma have kept things right during the middle overs to keep the opposition batsmen under pressure. But just like their opponents, the Giants are a bit lacking in the spin department, with Rehan Ahmed being the only quality spinner on the side.
Gulf Giants Playing 11
Tom Banton, James Vince, Gerhard Erasmus, David Wiese, Carlos Brathwaite, Colin de Grandhomme, Dominic Drakes, Aayan Khan, Tom Helm, Sanchit Sharma, Qais Ahmad.
SW vs GGT Toss Prediction
The team winning the toss is likely to opt to bat first here.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is easy to bat on. It provides the batsmen with plenty of opportunities to score runs thanks to consistent and predictable bounce. While the quicker bowlers are likely to be punished here, the pitch does tend to slow down a bit as the match progresses, giving the spinners a chance to pick up wickets.
The team batting first will be looking to score over 180 runs to give their bowlers a fighting chance. The weather is expected to be clear with no chance of rain and temperatures ranging from 20-23 degrees Celsius.
SW vs GGT Betting Tips
The Gulf Giants have faced just one defeat this season and that defeat has come against the Warriors in a reverse fixture. However, we feel that it is highly unlikely to see a repeat result this time around. The Giants have played some excellent cricket since then and will be eager to avenge their loss here.
On the other hand, the Warriors have lost two consecutive matches before this one and are unlikely to turn things around. While websites like 1xbet are offering shorter odds for a home win, we feel it is quite safe to go against the tide and back the visitors here.
Bet on the Gulf Giants to win.
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Tom Kohler-Cadmore has been in sublime form this season, scoring 291 runs in 8 innings at an average of 41.57. He scored a half-century on this ground earlier in the season and will be looking to put up a similar performance in this match. Also, since the other batsmen in the Warriors’ squad have lacked consistency, we are backing Tom Kohler-Cadmore to emerge as the top batsman for them in this game.