Dubai Capitals, owned by the GMR Group, lost to MI Emirates by eight wickets in the Eliminator of ILT20 2023 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday, February 9.
While Nicholas Pooran (66*) and Trent Boult (2/19) put on match-winning displays for MI Emirates, George Munsey (51) and Sikandar Raza (38) were the top performers for the Emirates.
Put to bat first, Dubai Capitals scored 28/1 within the Powerplay. Robin Uthappa was the batter dismissed by Trent Boult for six runs.
George Munsey's 43-ball 51 brought some confidence into the batting while stitching a 78-run partnership for the second wicket alongside Sikandar Raza. While the former was dismissed in the 13th over, Raza departed in the 17th over after hitting 38 runs off 34 balls.
Rovman Powell (30 runs in 22 balls) played a confident cameo as the Capitals posted 151/5 in 20 overs.
MI Emirates' run chase began with an early dismissal in the opening over. Going forward, they would reach the 50-run mark (50/2) in 6.5 overs.
Andre Fletcher (68 not out) and Nicholas Pooran (66 not out) put together a 104-run partnership for the third wicket to round up the game in 16.4 overs.
Dubai Capitals' ILT20 campaign may have ended, but with plenty of lessons learned throughout the tournament, the team will make a strong comeback in the next edition.