GGT vs DV Match Preview
James Vince has been the best batsman for the Giants this season, scoring 321 runs in 8 innings, including 3 half-centuries. He has received good support from Shimron Hetmeyer, who scored a quick half-century when both teams last faced each other.
The middle order has seemed to struggle a bit though as the likes of Chris Lynn, Gerhard Erasmus, and Aayan Afzal Khan haven’t been scoring consistently. However, the addition of all-rounders like Colin de Grandhomme and Carlos Brathwaite will surely have a positive impact on the team.
David Wiese picked up a brilliant fifer in the last match against the Sharjah Warriors and was instrumental in handing the Giants their 3rd consecutive win. Weise, along with Chris Jordan, has picked up 29 wickets between them and has rattled the opposition batsmen on many occasions.
The batting has been one of the highlights of the Vipers’ performance this season. Alex Hales has been in the thick of the action on more than one occasion, scoring 4 half-centuries and a century en route to an aggregate score of 465.
He has received some excellent support from the top and middle-order batsmen like Sam Billings, Colin Munro, and Sherfane Rutherford. The all-rounders, Tom Curran and Rohan Mustafa have done a decent job. Talking about the bowling, the bulk of the heavy lifting has been done by Sheldon Cottrell and Wanindu Hasaranga, both of whom have picked up 23 wickets between them, while Gus Atkinson has chipped in with 9.
The skies are expected to remain a bit overcast but there is no chance of rain and the temperature will remain around the 22-degree mark.
The Dubai International Stadium is a batting paradise, giving the batsmen plenty of opportunities to score runs. However, the pitch does offer assistance to disciplined bowlers who stick to a good line and length. The average first-inning score here is around 165.
Sherfane Rutherford's Explosive Batting
Sherfane Rutherford has been quite an effective batsman for the Vipers lower down the order. He has scored 210 runs so far at an average of 35.00 and an explosive strike rate of 182.60.
There are no updates regarding injuries from either squad.
GGT vs DV Probable 11
GGT Playing 11
- Tom Banton (Wk)
- James Vince (C)
- Gerhard Erasmus
- David Weise
- Carlos Brathwaite
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Dominic Drakes
- Afzal Khan
- Tom Helm
- Sanchit Sharma
- Qais Ahmed
DV Playing 11
- Rohan Mustafa
- Alex Hales
- Colin Munro (C)
- Sherfane Rutherford
- Sam Billings (Wk)
- Benny Howell
- Tom Curran
- Jake Lintott
- Sheldon Cottrell
- Matheesha Pathirana
- Shiraz Ahmed
We are backing the Gulf Giants to win this one. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the tournament so far and have already defeated the Vipers on two occasions, which should give them immense confidence. They have a well-balanced squad, and the inclusion of Grandhomme and Brathwaite will further boost their prospects of winning.
Alex Hales: Hales is in superb form this season and has scored 465 runs at an incredible average of 58.12. He also has a good record against the Giants, scoring a total of 125 runs in 2 innings against them.
James Vince: Vince has scored 3 half-centuries this season and has scored a total of 321 runs in just 8 innings. He is likely to be pretty effective on the batting-friendly wicket in Dubai.
David Weise: Weise bowled a brilliant spell of 5 wickets for 20 runs in his previous outing and is now the leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 15 wickets. We expect him to carry on with his red-hot form.
GGT vs DV Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: S Billings
Batters: A Hales, J Vince, S Hetmyer, S Rutherford
All-rounders: C Brathwaite, D Wiese (C), W Hasaranga (VC)
Bowlers: S Cottrell, C Jordan, S Sharma