Sharjah Warriors are favorites to win
Sharjah Warriors will take on Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Match 19 of the 2022-23 ILT20 gets underway at 13:00 local time on Saturday 28th January.
With five points from six games, Sharjah Warriors are in fourth place in the table ahead of this game. Their last match was against Dubai Capitals and ended as no result after only five overs of play. Their last completed fixture saw the Warriors become the first team to beat Gulf Giants in this tournament.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore is one of only six players in the tournament to have already scored over 200 runs. With Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali having left the team to play in England’s ODI tour of South Africa, the likes of Kohler-Cadmore, Joe Denly and Rahmanullah Gurbaz have more pressure on them to make big contributions.
Two of the top three wicket takers in the competition are bowlers for Sharjah Warriors and we expect both Junaid Siddique and Naveen-ul-Haq to add to their nine wickets in this game. ul-Haq took the Player of the Match Award with figures of 5-38 in the last match.
Sharjah Warriors are unbeaten in their last three games in the ILT20.
The bottom of the table side finally got their first point of the season on Wednesday but it was not due to a battling or talented display but due to the weather conditions in Dubai. This is their first game against Sharjah Warriors in the tournament.
Dhananjaya de Silva top scored for Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in their last game with 65 runs from 40 balls. The top order of Brandon King and Kennar Lewis have struggle to find their form with Andre Russell in the middle-order the Knight Riders’ current top run scorer.
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders’ bowlers took five wickets in their most recent defeat with wickets for Akeal Hosein, Lahiru Kumara, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. The pace of Kumara could well be decisive in this match and we expect him to be dangerous with the ball.
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders are still searching for their first victory of the tournament after six matches.
The match will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. There are plenty of runs to be scored on this pitch but any total over 190 will be very hard to chase down.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, match odds, and prediction for Sharjah Warriors vs Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, ILT20 2023
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Evin Lewis, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Joe Denly (c), Muhammad Jawadullah, Adam Hose, Mohammad Nabi, Paul Walter, Noor Ahmad, Junaid Siddique, Naveen-ul-Haq
Brandon King, Kennar Lewis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Andre Russell, Raymon Reifer, Akeal Hosein, Sunil Narine (c), Zawar Farid, Lahiru Kumara, Sabir Ali Rao
We expect this game to be close with Sharjah Warriors losing some of their top players to the South Africa v England ODI series. That said, there is far more confidence in the Warriors side than Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. We are backing Sharjah Warriors to win this match.
Sharjah Warriors are favorites to beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders
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