GGT vs MIE Match Preview
The Gulf Giants will depend on James Vince and Chris Lynn to give them a good start, with the former being the top scorer for them in this tournament. Shimron Hetmeyer has been pretty consistent in the middle order, scoring 2 half-centuries in 8 innings, and will be looking to play big innings here.
Carlos Brathwaite has only recently joined the squad and hasn’t done much with the bat, but he will still play an important role here thanks to his all-round abilities. Colin de Grandhomme has failed to impress in his 2 outings so far. The seamers, Chris Jordan and David Weise have done a brilliant job for their team and are the top two bowlers in this tournament.
The MI Emirates team has plenty of options in the seam department, including Fazalhaq Farooqi, Zahoor Khan, and Dwayne Bravo. In the second innings, Emirates lost Muhammad Waseem in the first over itself. However, Andre Fletcher continued with his superb form and scored his 3rd half-century of the season. He received excellent support from Nicholas Pooran as Emirates chased down the target with 8 wickets in hand.
In addition to the top order, the team has a strong finisher in the form of Kieron Pollard and will be banking on him to play a big inning here.
There is no chance of rain and the temperature will remain quite pleasant at around 20 degrees Celsius.
The Dubai International Stadium has a flat surface which is excellent to bat on, especially during the first innings.
There is hardly any movement for the seamers and the batsmen find it easy to play their shots. The average first-inning score here is about 165-170 runs.
However, the pitch does tend to slow down as the game progresses, and the spinners will be able to get some turn, making it a bit difficult for the batsmen.
Dwayne Bravo’s Excellent Bowling
While Bravo hasn’t been in the best of forms with the bat, he has done well with the ball and is the leading wicket-taker for the Emirates team this season. He has picked up 12 wickets in 8 matches and has a bowling strike rate of 12.00.
There are no updates regarding injuries from either side and we are likely to see an unchanged eleven from both sides.
GGT vs MIE Probable 11
GGT Playing 11
- James Vince (C)
- Chris Lynn
- Shimron Hetmeyer
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Carlos Brathwaite
- David Weise
- Afzal Khan
- Dominic Drakes
- Chris Jordan
- Tom Banton (Wk)
- Sanchit Sharma
MIE Playing 11
- Andre Fletcher
- Muhammad Waseem
- Lorcan Tucker (Wk)
- Nicholas Pooran
- Kieron Pollard (C)
- Dan Mousley
- Dwayne Bravo
- Rashid Khan
- Trent Boult
- Zahoor Khan
- Fazalhaq Farooqi
We are baking the MI Emirates to win this match. They have a stronger batting line-up compared to their opponents, which is capable of scoring runs even under pressure. They also have a lot of variety in their bowling attack, with world-class bowlers who can perform under pressure situations of a knockout contest.
Kieron Pollard: Pollard has been in exceptional form this season and has helped Emirates win many close contests. He has scored 337 runs at an incredible strike rate of 198.23.
Muhammad Waseem: Muhammad Waseem proved to be a reliable opener for the MI Emirates, scoring 3 half-centuries and has an average of 33.60. The team will once again depend on him for a good start.
Chris Jordan: Chris Jordan has picked up 17 wickets in 8 matches and is the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. He has an incredible bowling strike rate of 10.3, and will be asking tough questions to the opposition batsmen.
GGT vs MIE Dream11 Team 1
Keeper: N Pooran
Batters: A Fletcher, J Vince, S Hetmyer, W Muhammad
All-rounders: D Bravo (VC), K Pollard, D Wiese (C)
Bowlers: C Jordan, Rashid-Khan, F Forooqi