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Gulf Giants vs Desert Vipers: Preview, Prediction and Fantasy Tips

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The Gulf Giants and Desert Vipers are set to collide in match number 27 of the ongoing ILT20 2023 season. The two teams are currently the top two sides of the tournament, with the Vipers occupying the top spot and having already qualified for the playoffs.

The Gulf Giants have secured five wins and just one defeat from their eight league fixtures. The upcoming contest marks their penultimate match before the commencement of the playoffs. While even a win in either of their two remaining games will confirm their playoffs status, James Vince and co. will be looking to win both in order to secure a top two finish.

The Desert Vipers, on the other hand, are placed at the top of the points table with seven wins to their credit out of nine matches. They are currently on a two-game winning streak, having beaten the Sharjah Warriors and Dubai Capitals with identical margins (22 runs) earlier this week.

Match Details

Date & Time: February 4, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Live Telecast & Streaming: Zee Network and ZEE5

Pitch Report: The surface at Dubai’s International Cricket Stadium is known to be conducive for batters, with something on offer for the spinners as well. The average first-innings score at the venue this season has been 167. The captain winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first, considering the recent results.

Predicted Playing XI

Gulf Giants: James Vince (c), Chris Lynn, Tom Banton (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Aayan Afzal Khan, David Wiese, Gerhard Erasmus, Rehan Ahmed, Chris Jordan, Dominic Drakes and Sanchit Sharma.

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

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicket-Keeper: Tom Banton
Batters: Alex Hales, James Vince, Rohan Mustafa, Chris Lynn, Shimron Hetmyer
All-Rounders: Tom Curran
Bowlers: Luke Wood, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chris Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell

Captain: Alex Hales
Vice-Captain: Wanindu Hasaranga


The Desert Vipers are considered as favourites to top the Gulf Giants in match number 27 of the ILT20 2023 season.

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