ILT20 2023 Match 23: Sharjah Warriors vs Desert Vipers | Fantasy Tips and Teams

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Sharjah Warriors and Desert Vipers rub shoulders with each other in Match no.23 of the ongoing International League (ILT20 2023) on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. The match is scheduled to begin at 7.30 PM (IST) and 6.00 PM (local time). Both sides met on January 15 in Match no.4 in Dubai where the Vipers clinched a victory by a 7-wicket margin.

Talking about the form, it's been a mixed campaign so far for the Warriors as they have played 7 matches with 3 wins and as many losses. Their one game ended with no result. After losing their first three matches, Sharjah bounced back and has now won three completed encounters on the bounce against Dubai Capitals, Gulf Giants, and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. With 7 points and a net run rate of -0.070, they are placed in the fourth position in the table.

 On the other hand, the Vipers have made a good strong start to the tournament as they have played 7 games and won 5 and lost only 2. Their two losses have come against the Giants and MI Emirates. With 10 points and an NRR of +0.445, they are bossing the table at the top.

Before the game gets underway, let us look at the important stats, the best player picks and the best-predicted teams for the fantasy contests of the match.

Ground Stats: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Three completed matches have been played at the venue so far with chasing sides losing the games twice by a margin of above 100 runs. The surface in Sharjah looks a good one for batting.

Numbers at the ground in ILT20 2023 (completed games)

Total Matches: 3
Matches won batting first: 2
Matches won batting second: 1
Average score batting first: 189
Average score batting second: 104
Average runs per wicket: 849
Average runs per over: 21.98

 SHJ vs VIP, Match 23: Head-to-Head

As mentioned above, both sides clashed in Match no.4 this season in which the Vipers sealed the deal by 7 wickets courtesy of an unbeaten 83 runs knock from Alex Hales.

Total Match: 1
Sharjah Warriors won: 0
Desert Vipers won: 1

 SHJ vs VIP, Match 23: Probable Playing XIs

Sharjah Warriors Team News

No major updates

Sharjah Warriors Probable Playing XI

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Joe Denly (c), Marcus Stoinis, Adam Hose, Paul Walter, Mohammad Nabi, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Junaid Siddique, Muhammad Jawadullah

Desert Vipers Team News

No major updates

Desert Vipers Probable Playing XI

Alex Hales, Rohan Mustafa, Colin Munro (c), Sam Billings (wk), Benny Howell, Sherfane Rutherford, Tom Curran, Luke Wood, Mark Watt, Matheesha Pathirana, Shiraz Ahmed

SHJ vS VIP, Match 23: Top Five Picks

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (SHJ): Afghanistan's destructive right-handed batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz finally looked at his best in the last game against the Knight Riders as he struck 56 off 39.  He is the second-highest run-getter for the Warriors as he looks like a good bet for this fixture.
  2. Tom Kohler-Cadmore (SHJ): Right-handed batter Tom Kohler-Cadmore is the highest run-scorer for the Warriors this campaign. He is averaging 46.00 with a century and a fifty to his name. 
  3. Alex Hales (VIP): With scores of 4 and 12 in the last 2 matches, England and Desert Viper's Alex Hales would look to get amongst the runs again. He is the leading run-getter in ILT20 2023 with 1 hundred and 4 fifties.
  4. Colin Munro (VIP): Desert Vipers' skipper Colin Munro has smashed just one half-century in the inaugural ILT20 edition. He is averaging just 26.71 and would look to contribute more for his side in this fixture.
  5. Sam Billings (VIP): Desert Viper's wicketkeeper batter Sam Billings is yet to score a fifty in this competition. His highest score is 49 in 6 outings as the England international would hope to reach the landmark in this contest.

SHJ vs VIP, Match 23: Must picks for the match

Sharjah Warriors

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz - 160 runs in 6 innings
  2. Tom Kohler-Cadmore - 230 runs in 6 innings
  3. Naveen-ul-Haq - 10 wickets in 7 innings

Desert Vipers

  1. Alex Hales - 434 runs in 7 innings
  2. Colin Munro - 187 runs in 7 innings
  3. Sam Billings - 120 runs in 6 innings

SHJ vs VIP, Match 23: Risky Picks

Sharjah Warriors - Joe Denly, Mohammad Nabi

Desert Vipers - Rohan Mustafa, Benny Howell

SHJ vs VIP, Match 23: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Rahmanaullah Gurbaz (SHJ)
  2. Tom Kohlder-Cadmore (SHJ)
  3. Alex Hales (VIP)

SHJ vs VIP, Match 23: Team for Head-to-Head Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sam Billings
Batters: Tom Kohlder-Cadmore, Alex Hales, Colin Munro
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Tom Curran
Bowlers: Naveen-ul-Haq, Junaid Siddique, Noor Ahmad

Captain: Alex Hales
Vice-captain: Rahmanullah Gurbaz

SHJ: 4 Players, VIP: 7 Players

 SHJ vs VIP, Match 23: Team for Winner takes all Contests

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Wicketkeepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Sam Billings
Batters: Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
All-rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Tom Curran, Rohan Mustafa
Bowlers: Junaid Siddique, Naveen ul Haq, Shiraz Ahmed

Captain: Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Vice-captain: Sam Billings

SHJ: 6 Players, VIP: 5 Players

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