MI Emirates v Gulf Giants ILT20 Tips: Emirates have edge in final quest

James Vince
Vince may be a top-bat option if boosted

Ed Hawkins previews the qualifier from Dubai on Wednesday with the loser meeting Dubai Capitals in the eliminator

  • Winner straight to final

  • Emirates could squeeze

  • Chase bias in play


  • MI Emirates v Gulf Giants
    Tuesday 13 February
    , 14.30
    TV: Live on Zee

    MI Emirates v Gulf Giants team news

    MI Emirates have added Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Reece Topley and Monank Patel. They replace Fazalhaq Farooqi and Corey Anderson. Monank is the USA wicketkeeper. Topley's signing is curious as he has only just pulled out of the PSL due to injury.

    Possible XI: Waseem, Kusal (sub for Salamkheil), Fletcher, Benjamin, Rajapaksa/Mousley, Pollard, Thompson, Dwayne Bravo, Viyaskanth, Boult, Rohid

    Liam Dawson and Dan Worrall are in to the Giants squad. Nepalese Dipendra Singh Airee, an all-rounder, has been added. Jamie Overton may be a doubt with a shoulder problem.

    Possible XI: Vince, Cox, Lynn (sub for Muzarabani), Hetmyer, Smith, Afzal Khan, Zubair, J Overton, Jordan, Dawson, Worral

    MI Emirates v Gulf Giants pitch report

    Nine of the 11 matches played in Dubai have been won by the chaser. First-innings scores have busted 165 or more in six of them. Emirates have been tighter with the ball in the group stage with an economy of 7.2. Giants have an average run rate of eight. They would be the preferred lay on innings runs at around 2.1011/10 for 165 or more.

    MI Emirates v Gulf Giants match odds

    It was one apiece in the group stages between these two. On that basis the match odds market making it a choice affair would be right.

    But Giants are 1.875/6 favourites with Emirates 2.021/1. It would be folly to ignore the chase bias on this ground and if that latter price holds then it's a fair wager. At the least they should flip the odds.

    Trade Emirates bat 2nd to 1.654/6

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    MI Emirates v Gulf Giants player bets

    Sportsbook may be awaiting official team news for the player markets. And who can blame them given player churn? We will be looking out for Jamie Overton for top Giants bat. We've seen - and taken - 100/1101.00 previously. james Vince is also an option of boosted to 3/14.00.

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