The Dubai Capitals, owned by the GMR Group, are all set to face Sharjah Warriors in match 17 of the International League T20 (ILT20) 2023, which is taking place at the Sharjah International Stadium in Sharjah on Thursday, January 26.
Warriors had won the last time these two sides met by seven wickets and would want to replicate the same when they meet on Thursday. They also have momentum on their side, as they enter the fixture with consecutive victories, one against table-toppers Gulf Giants and the other against Dubai Capitals.
Dubai Capitals, on the other hand, have regained their form after faltering in three consecutive matches, with a statement win against MI Emirates. Skipper Rovman Powell and Co. would like to continue doing the same and earn three solid points to displace the Warriors and enter the top four of the standings.
Both have their strengths and weaknesses coming into the fixture and here we take note of the major talking points from the Capitals camp.
Joe Root’s absence at the top
Joe Root has left the Capitals set-up to ply his trade for his country. However, his short stint this season was crucial to mitigate Dubai’s top-order woes. He has scored an impressive 214 runs in five matches, and it will be intriguing to see who will be earmarked to take his opening slot.
Rovman Powell’s rich vein of form
The captain has been at his scintillating best for Dubai with his swash-buckling batting form and disciplined bowling. He currently sits in the third position in the Top Run scorer list and his 97 scored against MI Emirates is sure to give him ample reason to continue making a difference
Working on the bowling woes
Though Dubai’s batting department is strong, the bowlers are yet to warm themselves up. Big names like Chamika Karunaratne and Mujibur ur Rahman are yet to show their mettle. The bowling department has been guilty of giving away runs and failing to defend targets. So this is one area which can make or break this fixture.
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