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International League T20 2023 -   16th Match |  GG  vs  ADKR
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That's the end of the game here in Dubai🏟️. The match has been abandoned due to rain and we hope the rain will be away from tomorrow's game. For now, this is me Saipavan Janaki signing it off along with my co-commentator Tugral Azmi alongside our scorer Chandan Kr Singh. Stay tuned for more coverage going on in our network, take care, stay safe and enjoy!!!!
10.10 PM IST: With this, the Knight Riders opened their account in the ILT20 2023. We will be back with tomorrow's game as  Sharjah Warriors cross their fingers with Dubai Capitals.
10.00 PM IST: Again pouring in Dubai and Super soppers went back. THE MATCH WAS ABANDONED DUE TO RAIN ⛈️.
09:26 PM IST | The ground staff and the umpires are having a chat regarding the situation on the ground. Super soppers and vipers are into their work. Although we are currently losing overs, and the rain has stopped. So, we can expect a rain-curtailed game here. The next Inspection is at 10.00 PM IST (20.30 LOCAL TIME).
09.00 PM IST: There is no heavy rain ⛈️, just drizzles☔, and the frustrating wait continues. The next update will be available at 9.30 PM IST (20.00 LOCAL TIME).
08:33 PM IST | Nothing to update as it's still raining🌧🌧 at the moment. The pitch and square of the ground have been still under covers. We hope that the rain gods stay away from this exciting battle. Fingers Crossed🤞..!!!
08:10 PM IST | OH-No..!! The conditions out there don't look promising. The rain 🌧️ came back once again and it was really pouring down. Looks like the delay might be stretched. Stay tuned for further updates.
07.33 PM IST: Good news folks, the rain has stopped at this moment. The players are out in the middle for warm-ups. It will take around half an hour to get the pitch ready.
SaipavanHey Tugral, Good Evening, Thank you for the warm welcome buddy, I am doing well and hope you are doing well too. Coming to your question. This was the worst session for Knight Riders as they lost all the matches. In my point of view, they will come back in the second half but I don't think they will qualify for playoffs.
Tugral: Good evening to everyone tuning in!!!! It's time to welcome my co-commentator Saipavan to the commentary box. Hey mate, hope you are doing well. Knight Rider's already bleak chances of making the playoffs will be further diminished by a loss today. As the season's second half approaches, will they be able to improve and regain their form?
Toss Update: Oh, it's raining🌧🌧 in Dubai, and the entire ground has been covered. Just a friendly reminder that we won't begin losing overs until 19:00 local time. The scenes are not promising at the moment.
Stay tuned for the toss and team sheets that shall unfurl on your screen soon.
Key Players:

1. Andre Russell (ABD):
In a disappointing season for the Knight Riders, Andre Russell is the leading run-getter for them in 5 matches. He has hit one half-century and is expected to deliver in a big way to open the account for his side.

2. Dhananjaya de Silva (ABD): Sri Lanka all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva is behind Russell as he has scored the second-most runs for his team. With a 40-ball 65-run knock in the last match, he could be picked for this fixture.

3. James Vince (GUL): Gulf Giants skipper James Vince is the man in form as he is the leading run-getter for his team in the competition so far. With 3 fifties in 5 outings, Vince is an ideal choice for this contest.

4. Chris Lynn (GUL): Hard-hitting Australian Chris Lynn missed the first two games but is averaging 38.66 with one half-century in 3 encounters. Batting at a crucial no.3 spot, Lynn is expected to deliver performances.

5. Chris Jordan (GUL): England international Chris Jordan is the leading wicket-taker for the Giants with 10 wickets in 5 matches. He is their go-to man and it would be a safer option for this fixture.
Numbers at the ground (This Tournament):

Matches won batting first: 2
Matches won batting second: 5

Average score batting first: 167
Average score batting second: 155

Average runs per over: 8.56
Average runs per wicket: 28.58
Pre-match Pitch Report: The surface in Dubai supports batters and a high-scoring encounter is expected. Four out of the seven times sides batting first have managed to go past the 175-run mark.
6:30 PM IST | Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of the 16th match of the International League T20 2023. The Gulf Giants will lock horns against the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. Notably, both sides met 10 days back in the reverse fixture in which the Giants sealed the contest by 6 wickets.

I’m Tugral Azmi and will soon be joined by Saipavan Janaki and scorer Chandan Kr Singh as we will walk you through the ball-by-ball updates of this electrifying clash.
Match no. 16 of the International League T20 will see Gulf Giants lock horns against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders at the Dubai International Stadium. 

The Giants are crowned at the top of the table with 8 points from 4 matches. They suffered their first loss in their latest encounter against the Sharjah Warriors. Previously, they were on a four-match winning streak.

On the other hand, Abu Dhabi Knight Riders have had a horrendous season, losing all five matches. The team has failed to gel properly despite having some star-studded cricketers. They are reeling at the bottom of the table and need to win every match from here on. 

Stay tuned as an exciting clash awaits. Live coverage starts at 6:30 PM IST.