ILT20 2023, Final: Desert Vipers vs Gulf Giants | Fantasy Tips and Teams

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The International League T20 2023 is finally down to its last match. Desert Vipers and Gulf Giants will be contesting out in the Grand Finale to be the first ever champions in the history of the league. 

The final match will be taking place at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. It is scheduled on Sunday the 12th of February at 7:30 PM IST. 

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The Desert Vipers had a good run in the league stage. They played 10 matches and managed to win seven of them. They finished at second spot in the points table with 15 points under their belt. They next faced off against the number one team from the league stage, the Gulf Giants in Qualifier 1. The Vipers defeated the Giants in the match and qualified for the finals as the first team.

The Gulf Giants on the other hand, had a great run in the league stage. They won seven of their 10 matches and finished at the top of the points table with 16 points under their belt. But then they lost against the Desert Viper in the Qualifier and then had to play against MI Emirates in Qualifier 2 in order to make it to the finals. 

In Qualifier 2, the Gulf Giants chased down a target of 168 runs in 18.1 overs losing six wickets. So, after an eventful journey, the Giants find themselves in the finals of the tournament, once again facing off the Desert Vipers to be the maiden champions of the ILT20.

Before the match goes live, let us look at some important stats, the prime player picks and the best predicted elevens for the fantasy contests of the match. 

Ground Stats: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

The pitch at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium has been good for batting, especially in the last three matches. A total of over 160 looks like achievable and the the two teams need to plan their innings keeping this thing in mind. 

Numbers at the ground (Last three matches)

Matches won batting first: 1
Matches won batting second: 2

Average score batting first: 170
Average score batting second: 164

Average runs per wicket: 26
Average runs per over: 8.63

VIP vs GUL, Final: Head-to-Head

The Desert Vipers and the Gulf Giants will be facing each other for the fourth time in the tournament. The balance of the face-off is still now in favour of the Gulf Giants.

Head-to-Head (Overall)

Matches: 3
Desert Vipers Won: 1
Gulf Giants Won: 2

VIP vs GUL, Final: Probable Playing XIs

Desert Vipers Team News

No major updates

Desert Vipers Probable Playing XI

Rohan Mustafa, Alex Hales, Colin Munro (c), Sam Billings, Wanindu Hasaranga, Sherfane Rutherford, Tom Curran, Luke Wood, Gus Atkinson, Sheldon Cottrell, and Shiraz Ahmed. 

Gulf Giants Team News

No major updates

Gulf Giants Probable Playing XI

James Vince (c), Chris Lynn, Colin de Grandhomee, Shimron Hetmyer, David Wiese, Carlos Brathwaite, Tom Banton (wk), Dominic Drakes, Chris Jordan, Sanchit Sharma, and Aayan Afzal Khan. 

VIP vs GUL, Final: Top Five Picks

  1. Alex Hales (VIP): The English opener has been in great form in the tournament. Hales has played some blazing knocks at the top of the order and this makes him a prime pick for the match. 
  2. James Vince (GUL): The skipper of the Gulf Giants has also been the most important cog in their batting. Vince has been consistent through out the tournament and there is no way one can miss out on him. 
  3. Wanindu Hasaranga (VIP): The Sri Lanka spinner has been in good wicket taking form in the tournament. The fact that he can contribute with the bat lower down the order makes him a great choice for the match.
  4. David Wiese (GUL): David Wiese has used his variations to great effect in the tournament. His great wicket taking form makes Wiese a hot pick for the summit clash. 
  5. Sherfane Rutherford (VIP): The West Indian batter has been in good striking form in the tournament. Rutherford will play a key role in the final match and this makes him a player not be missed in the fantasy contests.

VIP vs GUL, Final: Must Picks

Desert Vipers

  1. Alex Hales - 468 Runs in 11 Matches
  2. Sherfane Rutherford - 247 Runs in 11 Matches
  3. Wanindu Hasaranga - 14 wickets in 8 matches

Gulf Giants

  1. James Vince - 425 runs in 10 matches
  2. Shimron Hetmyer - 232 runs in 9 matches
  3. David Wiese - 18 wickets in 10 matches

VIP vs GUL, Final: Risky Picks

Desert Vipers - Sam Billings, Tom Curran

Gulf Giants - Chris Lynn, Dominic Drakes

VIP vs GUL, Final: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Alex Hales (VIP)
  2. James Vince (GUL)
  3. David Wiese (GUL)

VIP vs GUL, Final: Team for Head to Head contests

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Wicketkeeper: Sam Billings
Batters: Alex Hales, Sherfane Rutherford, James Vince
All-rounders: Rohan Mustafa, Tom Curran, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Wiese
Bowlers: Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan, Sanchit Sharma

Captain: Alex Hales
Vice-captain: James Vince

VIP: 7 Players; GUL: 4 Players

VIP vs GUL, Final: Team for Winner takes all contests

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Wicketkeeper: Sam Billings
Batters: Alex Hales, Chris Lynn, James Vince, Shimron Hetmyer
All-rounders: Luke Wood, Tom Curran, David Wiese
Bowlers: Gus Atkinson, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan

Captain: David Wiese
Vice-captain: Tom Curran

VIP: 6 Players; GUL: 5 Players