ILT20 2023: Eliminator, EMI vs DUB Match Prediction – Who will win today’s ILT20 match between EMI vs DUB?

MI Emirates finished third on the points table while Dubai Capitals finished fourth.

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Courtesy of defeating MI Emirates (EMI) in their last league game, Dubai Capitals (DUB) have qualified for the playoffs of the inaugural season of the ILT20. On February 9, the two teams will once again face each other in the tournament, albeit, stakes will be way higher this time around. The losing team will bow out of the tournament, while the winners will make it to the second qualifier, which is slated to take place on February 10. 

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Coming to MI Emirates, the franchise decided to bench their skipper, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo in the previous match, just to keep them ready for the business end of the tournament. In their absence, stand-in skipper, Nicholas Pooran, stepped in and played well but couldn’t deliver success in Emirates’ favour. When it comes to their bowlers, they will be tested as Dasun Shanaka and Sikandar Raza are in terrific form at the moment. Dwayne Bravo, their leading wicket-taker in the season will have to play really well once again in order to stop Dubai from pilling a lot of runs.

The Rovman Powell-led side meanwhile will back themselves to register their consecutive win over MI Emirates. Their form has been a matter of concern lately but playoffs are a different ball game altogether. Australia international Adam Zampa is playing well at the moment and that can help Dubai at the fag end of the tournament. When it comes to batting, Raza and Shanaka played well in the last match and they once again need to take more responsibility since they have experience of playing high-voltage matches. 

EMI vs DUB Match Details:

MI Emirates vs Dubai Capitals, Eliminator, ILT20 2023

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: February 9, 07:30 PM IST

Telecast & Live Streaming: ZEE Network, ZEE5

EMI vs DUB Pitch Report:

The pitch at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has been on the slower side. Thus, batters need to spend time in the middle to get accustomed to the conditions. The captain winning the toss should bowl first and anything above 160 will be a good score on this wicket.

EMI vs DUB Probable Playing XIs:

MI Emirates (EMI):
Andre Fletcher, Muhammad Waseem, Basil Hameed, Nicholas Pooran(w), Najibullah Zadran, Kieron Pollard(c), Dwayne Bravo, Jordan Thompson, Trent Boult, Imran Tahir, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Dubai Capitals (DUB):
George Munsey, Robin Uthappa(w), Sikandar Raza, Rovman Powell(c), Dasun Shanaka, Yusuf Pathan, Chamika Karunaratne, Hazrat Luqman, Adam Zampa, Akif Raja, Fred Klaassen

EMI vs DUB Probable Best Performers

Probable best batter - Kieron Pollard:
MI Emirates skipper Kieron Pollard is in sensational form at the moment. The all-rounder is currently the second-leading run-scorer of the tournament, scoring 337 runs from eight matches. He will be key for Emirates in the eliminator considering that the pitch can behave against the batters. Thus, he might need to step up and lead by example.

Probable best bowler - DJ Bravo:
The veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo is playing some good cricket at the moment. The 39-year-old has picked up 11 wickets from seven matches so far in the season and would look to add to his tally as the team will look forward to finalising their berth for the second qualifier of ILT20.

Today's Match Prediction: MI Emirates to win the match

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Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.

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