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ILT20 2024 | GUL vs EMI, Match 26 | Pooran and Waseem are the Must-Picks - Cricket Fantasy Predictions Today

image-lsc54v63Nicholas Pooran has been in good form in the ILT20 2024 (Source: x.com)

Defending champions Gulf Giants (GUL) collide with MI Emirates (EMI) in the ongoing second season of the International League T20. Match No. 26 is all set to be played on Thursday, February 08th, 2024, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai at 20:00 IST. The Emirates beat the Giants by a margin of 18 runs when both sides met earlier in the current competition in Match No. 4 in Abu Dhabi. Ahead of this game, here is a look at some of the important player stats, the best player picks, the top captain and vice-captain choices, and the best predicted XI for the fantasy contests of this encounter.

The reigning champions, the Giants have had a mixed campaign so far. They have played eight matches with four victories and as many defeats. With eight points and a net run rate of +0.434, they are placed in the third position in the table. 

On the other hand, the Emirates have already made it to the next round. They have been consistent and dominant so far with six wins in eight games. With 12 points and a healthy NRR of +2.055, they are right at the top of the table. 

GUL vs EMI, Team Form Guide 

Gulf Giants: W-L-L-W-L

MI Emirates: W-W-L-W-W

GUL vs EMI, Match 26: Pitch Report

The track at Dubai is a good one for batting and the batters can enjoy their time in the middle after settling down. The ground favors the chasing side heavily and the skipper winning the toss will definitely look to field first.

GUL vs EMI, Match 26: Top Player Picks

Chris Lynn (GUL)

  • Chris Lynn is the leading run-getter for the Giants so far
  • The explosive right-handed batter has struck 244 runs in six innings at an average of 41 with two half-centuries

Shimron Hetmyer (GUL)

  • After a few low scores in the initial games, Shimron Hetmyer has now got starts in each of the last three matches
  • The left-handed West Indian has scores of 40* 53* and 34 to his name

Nicholas Pooran (EMI)

  • Nicholas Pooran is the leading run-scorer overall in ILT20 2024
  • The MI skipper has smashed 261 runs at an average of 43.50 with two fifties to his name

Muhammad Waseem (EMI)

  • Muhammad Waseem has hit the second-most runs in the ongoing competition so far
  • The right-handed opening batter has amassed 248 runs and is averaging 41.33 with two half-centuries

Kusal Perera (EMI)

  • Kusal Perera has racked up the third-most runs for the Emirates in this campaign
  • The left-handed Sri Lankan has struck 230 runs at an average of 38.33 which includes two fifties

Fazalhaq Farooqi (EMI)

  • Afghanistan seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi has picked up the most wickets in the tournament so far
  • The left-arm pacer bowler has snared 17 scalps at an average of just 13.05

GUL vs EMI, Match 26: Cricket Fantasy Player Stats

Average Fantasy Points
James Vince189 Runs in 8 Innings39.75
Chris Lynn244 Runs in 6 Innings58.83
Shimron Hetmyer172 Runs in 8 Innings34
Muhammad Waseem248 Runs in 8 Innings48.75
Nicholas Pooran261 Runs in 8 Innings59.13
Kusal Perera230 Runs in 6 Innings58.33
Fazalhaq Farooqi17 Wickets in 8 Innings70.5

GUL vs EMI, Match 26: Top Captain and Vice-captain choices

If MI Emirates bowl firstNicholas PooranKusal Perera
If MI Emirates bat first
Muhammad WaseemNicholas Pooran

GUL vs EMI, Match 26: Cricket Fantasy Expert Advice

The Emirates have already qualified for the PlayOffs as they are also bossing the table. They are favorites to win again so bank on MI players for your Fantasy-XI side.

GUL vs EMI, Match 26: Cricket Fantasy Team for Head-to-Head/Small Leagues

Wicketkeepers: Nicholas Pooran, Kusal Perera
Batters: Chris Lynn, James Vince, Shimron Hetmyer, Muhammad Waseem
All-rounders: Jamie Overton
Bowlers: Chris Jordan, Trent Boult, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Akeal Hosein

Captain: Nicholas Pooran
Vice-captain: Muhammad Waseem

GUL: 5 Players, EMI: 6 Players

GUL vs EMI, Match 26: Cricket Fantasy Team for Winner Takes All/Grand Leagues

Wicketkeepers: Jordan Cox, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Fletcher 
Batters: Chris Lynn, Ambati Rayudu, Tim David
All-rounders: Aayan Afzal Khan, Odean Smith
Bowlers: Dominic Drakes, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Waqar Salamkheil

Captain: Nicholas Pooran
Vice-captain: Chris Lynn

GUL: 4 Players, EMI: 7 Players