The Dubai Capitals - owned by the GMR Group - take on MI Emirates in match 29 of the International League T20 (ILT20) 2023 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, February 5.
Speaking of recent matches, both teams registered separate results. While the Capitals were handed a 22-run loss by Desert Vipers, the Emirates registered an 18-run victory against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders.
Dubai Capitals are on the cusp of qualification into the Playoffs. While they need to win against the Emirates without fail, the Capitals' fate for the next round depends on the outcome of ILT20's last league match between Sharjah Warriors and Gulf Giants on Monday.
Here are some talking points:
Watch out for Kieron Pollard
MI Emirates skipper Kieron Pollard has maintained a purple patch in the ILT20, registering 337 runs and two wickets. His batting average of 67.40 means the former West Indian cricketer is due for a big knock, which is something the Dubai Capitals need to watch out for on Sunday.
Expect a batting masterclass from Yusuf Pathan
Former India cricketer Yusuf Pathan was seen as one of the top hard-hitters for Dubai Capitals in the ILT20. However, the middle-order batter has just 56 runs in the tournament, meaning he must prove his detractors wrong on Sunday.
With a career strike rate of 139.34 in T20 cricket, Yusuf knows a match-winning display against MIE can put the Capitals in contention for a Playoff berth, and we believe the 40-year-old can set off some fireworks at the Dubai International Stadium.