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Dubai Capitals vs Abu Dhabi Knight Riders: Preview, Prediction, Fantasy Tips 

image-lct3sladILT20 Inaugural Press Conference with Team Captains [Source: Twitter]

The inaugural edition of the International League T20 2023 is all set to start tomorrow. The opening match with feature a contest between the franchises Dubai Capitals and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders. The two franchises are led by Rovman Powell and Sunil Narine, respectively. 

The match is scheduled to take place on January 13, Dubai International Cricket Stadium at 7:30 PM IST. 

Abu Dhabi have brilliant talent in their team including power-hitting Andre Russell, Jonny Bairstow, Paul Stirling, Akeal Hosein and Sunil Narine.

The Capitals are in the same league with Rovman Powell, Hazratullah Zazai, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan and the English veteran Joe Root. When it comes to bowling Mujeeb ur Rahman and Blessings Muzarabani will lead the pack. But Dushmantha Chameera's injury could be a threat to the squad.

Match Details

Date and Time: January 13, 07:00 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Live Telecast & Streaming: CricLife

Pitch Report: A generally balanced surface that provides equal opportunity to the batters and bowlers. But the pitch does offer a slight advantage to fast bowlers. Spinners can benefit from the pitch from the middle overs. Records suggest that batters start struggling as the surface gets older. 

Probable Playing XI

Dubai Capitals: Rovman Powell (c), Hazratullah Zazai, Fabian Allen, Sikandar Raza, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Isuru Udana, George Munsey, Fred Klaassen, Robin Uthappa (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Joe Root

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders: Sunil Narine (c), Andre Russell, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Paul Stirling, Colin Ingram, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, Raymond Reifer, Kennar Lewis, Brandon Glover, Fahad Nawaz

Cricket Exchange Fantasy Tips

Wicketkeepers: Robin Uthappa 
Batters: Rovman Powell, Paul Stirling, Joe Root
All-rounders: Sikandar Raza, Andre Russell, Colin Ingram, Yusuf Pathan
Bowlers: Sunil Narine, Akeal Hosein, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Captain: Andre Russell
Vice-captain: Rovman Powell


While both sides have some quality players, Abu Dhabi capitals look stronger than the Delhi Capitals on paper and on that basis Abu Dhabi is likely to win the opening match. 

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