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The UAE T20 league final will be play between the Desert Vipers and Gulf Giants on Sunday after a competitive 33-match season. Both of these clubs finished in the top two slots of the standings after outperforming the competition throughout the season. In the first qualifier, the Vipers defeated the Giants to earn the final slot in the summit match. While in Qualifier 2, James Vince’s team defeated the MI Emirates by eight wickets.
However, let’s take a closer look at the picture created by numbers and statistics and who they suggest could win the game before the two teams square off.
Performances of the previous matches of both teams
In the second UAE T20 league (ILT20) Qualifier 2023 match, Gulf Giants defeated MI Emirates by four wickets.
With seven victories and one defeat from their ten league games, Gulf Giants are ranked first in the UAE T20 league (ILT20) 2023 points table. It has 16 points overall.
James Vince leads the Gulf Giants in scoring with 425 runs at a 138 strikeout-to-run ratio. He has hit 37 fours and 14 sixes. Shimron Hetmyer has also scored 232 runs with a 173 strikeout-to-runout ratio.
The highest run scorer for the Desert Vipers is Alex Hales, who has 468 runs and a 152 strikeout-to-run ratio. He has hit 43 fours and 19 sixes. Sam Billings has also scored 254 runs with a 112 percent strike rate in this season of UAE T20 league.
The best bowler for Gulf Giants has been David Wiese, who has taken 18 wickets with an average of 12 and an economy rate of 6.60 in this season of UAE T20 league. In Qualifier 1 of the UAE T20 league (ILT20), Desert Vipers defeated Gulf Giants by 19 runs.
The best bowler for the Desert Vipers has been Wanindu Hasaranga, who has 14 wickets at an average of 14 and a 9.95 economy rate.
In the UAE T20 league (ILT20) 2023 points standings, the Desert Vipers are ranked second with 7 wins and 3 losses from their 10 league games. As a team, they have 14 points.
GUL vs VIP Pitch Report UAE T20 league final:–
For T20 cricket, the pitch at Dubai International Cricket Stadium provides a level playing surface. The first innings score here is typically 151, but on Wednesday’s key game, both teams are poised to record high totals. Although pacers are sure to pick up a few wickets in the final overs, the game is in favour of the batsmen.
So, in the too, the team who bats second has the highest possibility to win the match as well.
Due to their slight advantage over the Gulf Giants, the Desert Vipers will be the favourites to take home the first ILT20 championship. Despite dropping out of the competition’s league stage, the Vipers managed to clinch victory when the stakes were highest. Similarly, they have a slightly better-performing team with the likes of Alex Hales, Wanindu Hasaranga and Sheldon Cotterall continuing their dream run in the tournament.
GUL vs VIP Probable Playing XIs in UAE T20 league
Gulf Giants (GUL):
Tom Banton (wk), James Vince (c), Colin de Grandhome, Afzal Khan, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Carlos Brathwaite, Liam Dawson, Sanchit Sharma, Chris Jordan, Dominic Drakes
Desert Vipers (VIP):
Rohan Mustafa, Alex Hales, Colin Munro (c), Sam Billings (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Wanindu Hasaranga, Tom Curran, Benny Howell, Sheldon Cottrell, Matheesh Pathirana, Shiraz Ahmad
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