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Final (N), Dubai (DICS), February 12, 2023, International League T20
(18.4/20 ov, T:147) 149/3

Giants won by 7 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

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Updated 12-Feb-2023 • Published 13-Aug-2022

Giants crowned champs on the back of Lynn, Brathwaite efforts

By ESPNcricinfo staff

Giants crowned champs on the back of Lynn, Brathwaite efforts

Gulf Giants 149 for 3 (Lynn 72, Erasmus 30, Hetmyer 25*) beat Desert Vipers 146 for 8 (Hasaranga 55, Billings 31, Brathwaite 3-19, Qais 2-29) by seven wickets
Chris Lynn struck a half-century following a slowish start to help Gulf Giants hunt down the 147-run target and be crowned champions of the inaugural ILT20. This was after Carlos Brathwaite’s three for 19 and Qais Ahmad’s 2 for 29 helped restrict Desert Vipers to 146 for 8.
Bowling first, Colin de Grandhomme opened the bowling and delivered a brilliant spell, keeping things quiet in the powerplay and pegging Vipers back as they went on to lose three wickets inside the powerplay overs, that only yielded 30 runs, and they couldn't really consolidate after the early loss of wickets.
Thereon, Brathwaite was miserly in his spell, giving away just 19 runs and picking up three wickets including the prized scalps of Alex Hales and Sam Billings that further stymied innings momentum. He ended up winning the player of the match award for his stupendous bowling performance. Qais then spun a web around the Vipers' batters and didn't allow them to accelerate in the middle overs.
Chris Jordan did what he does best by nailing his yorkers and change-up deliveries at the death and thus a concerted bowling effort kept Vipers restricted to a below-par 146. They were able to strangle Vipers which, in turn, made the chase easier.
Vipers faltered early on when Rohan Mustafa made a dodgy call for a run and was caught napping in the middle of the pitch as the ball trickled towards point while Carlos Brathwaite was appealing for an lbw and in utter confusion and miscommunication between the batters, Qais Ahmed pinged a sharp throw and sent him back to the hut.
De Grandhomme banged one short in the wicket-maiden over and Adam Lyth went for the miscued hook as Brathwaite at deep fine leg stuck his big hands out and gobbled up a regulation catch. The innings was going nowhere as the captain Colin Munro chipped one back to Chris Jordan who grabbed a one-handed stunner in the ninth over.
Hasaranga played a blinder and read the situation perfectly. He got Desert Vipers back on track and timed the ball exquisitely well, scoring a counter-attacking, brave half-century century off 21 deliveries to give his team a fighting chance. He has been a stellar T20 player and he proved that throughout the inaugural edition of the ILT20. He had entered the tournament with the reputation of being one of the most effective bowlers in T20 cricket and he proved that over the course of the tournament, enhancing his reputation as a world-class all-rounder. However, there wasn't much to speak of barring Sam Billings's circumspect 31-run innings.
Desert Vipers had to make early inroads to stay alive in the contest and they also started strongly, removing Javes Vince and Colin de Grandhomme inside the powerplay overs. Gulf Giants captain James Vince has had a brilliant tournament and amassed 425 runs from 10 games until the final where he could only muster 14 as Luke Wood bounced him off and he nicked it through to the keeper with a feeble push. Vince was coming on the back of a belligerent 83-run knock against MI Emirates and threw caution to the wind tonight. Tom Curran bowled a brute of a delivery on a length that nipped back sharply and crashed onto the stumps as de Grandhomme went for an almighty heave through the leg side.
At the halfway stage of the chase, Gulf Giants needed 73 runs and Hasaranga was keeping things tight. Sheldon Cottrell didn't leak many runs but he could provide Munro with the much-needed breakthroughs.
But then Lynn took the reins, anchored the chase and saw them through with a swashbuckling unbeaten 72-run-knock. He stitched a crucial 73-run partnership with Gerhard Erasmus that broke the back of the chase. The Giants weren't panicking at any stage of the chase and handled the pressure of a final well.
Defending a low score was always going to be tough and the Giants did well by managing Hasaranga's threat; they kept him out exceptionally well, using the sweep shot against him to great effect and only giving him away one wicket.
Later, when Lynn started to break free, he took the attack on through the middle overs and kept picking the boundaries to never let the asking rate creep up. Tom Curran ran out of ideas against clutch player Shimron Hetmyer and bowled a barrage of full tosses in the 18th over which helped the Giants ease through to victory. Hetmyer was all calm as he cooly finished the job by racing to 25 off 13 balls. Hetmyer and Lynn forged a match-winning 50-run stand; they scored 18 runs off the 17th over and 16 off the 18th over which completely changed the complexion of the game.

James Vince 83* leads Gulf Giants past MI Emirates

Gulf Giants 168 for 6 (Vince 83*, Farooqi 2-27) beat MI Emirates 167 for 5 (Pollard 57*, Jordan 2-25, Wiese 2-31) by four wickets
James Vince anchored the chase and Chris Jordan restricted MI Emirates with the ball to help Gulf Giants, the group-stage table-toppers, win by four wickets and book a spot in the final of the opening edition of the ILT20. They will play Desert Vipers in a rematch of Qualifier 1 on Sunday.
Giants, who chose to bowl, started well in both innings but a 35-ball 57 from Kieron Pollard put the game back in balance ahead of the chase.
Vince and Chris Lynn cut deep into MIE's par score of 167 for 5 during a 64-run powerplay. They lashed, crashed and bashed all comers, not least Trent Boult and Rashid Khan in multi-boundary overs and brought down the asking rate from 8.4 to 7.4 in six overs.
Dwayne Bravo and Rashid broke through leading to a run-a-ball stand of 27 between Vince, who brought up fifty in the process, and Gerhard Erasmus. Fazalhaq Farooqi threatened another wobble in the 13th over by having Erasmus and Shimron Hetmyer caught in the outfield from two successive balls.
Pollard followed Farooqi to save Rashid’s last-remaining over for later but David Wiese found a four off the edge and a six off the middle to pull things back. Cameos from Wiese and Carlos Brathwaite, all while Vince ticked over with the occasional boundary, took Giants over the line with 11 balls to spare.
Earlier, Giants had started positively by bowling tight. Jordan’s one-hander at slip got Andre Fletcher before the bowler removed Lorcan Tucker via a skied catch in front of point. Vince rotated the bowlers to ensure they weren’t targeted after a big over.
Tucker took Wiese down for four fours in an over and Mohammed Waseem smacked three sixes in the space of six balls but these were rare boundaries. Waseem’s chop-on in the 12th over led to a quiet period.
Pollard’s takedown of Qais Ahmed and dropped chances off Nicholas Pooran took Emirates from 89 for 4 to 136 for 4 in the space of three overs. Pollard farmed strike after Pooran was dismissed, but admitted afterward that his team were "15-20 runs short".

Rashid, Fletcher, Pooran put MI Emirates in Qualifier 2

MI Emirates 152 for 2 (Fletcher 68*, Pooran 66*, Ball 1-23) beat Dubai Capitals 151 for 5 (Munsey 51, Boult 2-19, Rashid 2-20) by eight wickets
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MI Emirates stormed to an eight-wicket win against Dubai Capitals in Sharjah in the Eliminator of ILT20. They had lost to Capitals twice in the group stage, but their victory put them in Qualifier 2 where they will face Gulf Giants.
After being put in, Capitals’ innings never took off. Trent Boult set the tone for Emirates by having Robin Uthappa caught at slip in the second over of the match. From the other end, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Zahoor Khan ensured there were no freebies. As a result, Capitals could manage only 28 for 1 in the powerplay.
George Munsey was struggling to keep the scoreboard moving. He was on 26 off 35 before taking Farooqi apart in the 12th over. The opener hit three fours and six in a 21-run over to provide some momentum but Rashid Khan, who travelled all the way from South Africa for this game, trapped him lbw in the next over.
Sikandar Raza got a couple of late boundaries before a returning Boult cut his acceleration short. Rovman Powell also took time to get in but his 22-ball 30, which included three sixes, meant Capitals accumulated 92 runs in the second half of their innings.
In reply, Emirates lost Muhammad Waseem in the first over of the chase, but with Andre Fletcher chancing his arm the Capitals bowlers failed to apply the brakes on the scoring rate.
Yusuf Pathan’s ploy to bring Dasun Shanaka on after the powerplay paid dividends when he had Lorcan Tucker lbw for 10. But Nicholas Pooran hit back-to-back sixes in Shanaka’s next over to keep Emirates on track.
After a brief consolidation period, Pooran and Fletcher smashed 45 runs, including five sixes and a four, between the 12th and the 14th over to shut the door on Capitals. Both batters brought up their fifties and put up an unbeaten 104-run stand off 61 balls to clinch victory.

Rashid Khan joins MI Emirates ahead of Eliminator

Rashid Khan has travelled from South Africa to Sharjah to play for MI Emirates in the Eliminator of the ILT20, after completing his stint as captain of MI Cape Town in the SA20.
Both the Cape Town and Emirates teams are owned by the owners of Mumbai Indians in the IPL and Rashid joined the Emirates squad as an injury replacement for 19-year-old McKenny Clarke from St Lucia, who had not played a match in the ILT20.
Rashid ended his SA20 season with MI Cape Town on February 6, taking nine wickets in ten games at an average of 30 and economy rate of 6.92. Under him, MI Cape Town won only three out of ten games in the league stage and finished last out of five teams.
On February 9, he played for MI Emirates in the Eliminator against Dubai Capitals. Emirates had finished third in the league stage of the ILT20 with five wins in ten matches.

Rutherford, Curran, Hasaranga take Vipers into final

Desert Vipers 178 for 7 (Rutherford 37*, Hasaranga 31, Jordan 3-40) beat Gulf Giants 159 (Hetmyer 36, Curran 4-31, Hasaranga 3-36) by 19 runs
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Batting on one leg, Sherfane Rutherford smashed an unbeaten 37 off 19 balls, and Tom Curran and Wanindu Hasaranga produced all-round performances to help Desert Vipers beat Gulf Giants by 19 runs in Qualifier 1 in Dubai and make it to the final of the inaugural ILT20.
Put in, Vipers didn’t have a great start and lost three wickets inside the powerplay. Sam Billings and Wanindu Hasaranga added 60 off 38 balls to stabilise the innings before Dominic Drakes broke the stand with Hasaranga’s wicket. Vipers were dealt another blow soon after when Rutherford seemed to have hurt his right hamstring and hobbled off the field.
With Billings not able to accelerate, Vipers were struggling at 109 for 5 after 15 overs. But Rutherford returned in the 17th over and hit four sixes and a four in the next seven balls. He and Curran added 52 off just 20 balls to power Vipers to a competitive total.
With Tom Banton having injured his left hand during the first innings, Chris Lynn and James Vince started Giants’ chase. The two laid the platform by adding 53 in the powerplay but once the field restrictions were lifted, Hasaranga bamboozled Giants’ batters with his googly.
Lynn was the first to go, Hasaranga bowling him through the gate with his first delivery of the game. From the other end, Curran sent back Vince for a double blow.
Hasaranga caused more damage in his second over, the 11th of the innings, by dismissing Colin de Grandhomme and David Wiese as both batters failed to read his googly. At that stage, the legspinner had figures of 2-0-3-3.
Shimron Hetmyer tried to fight back. He was dropped on 2 and took advantage of the reprieve by hitting Hasaranga for three sixes in an over. He got another life on 32 when Alex Hales failed to hold on to a tough chance, but Luke Wood dismissed him four runs later.
Banton eventually came out at No. 7. With 68 required from the last five overs, he hit Curran for back-to-back fours but miscued the next ball and was caught.
After that, Giants pinned all their hopes on Carlos Brathwaite but he struggled with the timing and became Curran’s third victim in the penultimate over. On the next ball, Curran added Sanchit Sharma to his kitty as well to all but seal the game.
Giants will now face the winner of the Dubai Capitals-MI Emirates game in Qualifier 2.

Wiese five-for blows Warriors away; Capitals make playoffs

Gulf Giants 108 for 3 (de Grandhomme 35, Siddique 2-27) beat Sharjah Warriors 107 (Kohler-Cadmore 32, Wiese 5-20) by seven wickets
A five-wicket haul from David Wiese – only the second in the ILT20 – in the final league game saw Gulf Giants skittle Sharjah Warriors out for 107 and blow them out of the competition. James Vince and Colin de Grandhomme, making his first appearance, added 50 for the second wicket to give Giants a platform to complete the chase with seven wickets in the bank.
A win for Warriors would have seen them pip Dubai Capitals to the fourth spot, thereby making it to the playoffs that start from Wednesday.
In what could be a concern for Giants, who play Desert Vipers in Qualifier 1, allrounder Dominic Drakes hurt himself while taking a catch at deep square leg to dismiss Moeen Ali in the sixth over. He had to be stretchered away from the field and was then taken away in an ambulance. He appeared to hit his head on the turf while diving forward to pouch the catch and Liam Dawson was later approved as his concussion substitute.
Brought into the attack three overs later, Wiese struck on his sixth ball to trap Evin Lewis lbw and proceeded to pick up four wickets in seven balls. His second over – the eleventh of the match – saw him dismiss Joe Denly, Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes to leave Warriors reeling at 67 for 7.
This was after Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s blazing start – that saw him pick 19 off a Tom Helm over – helped Warriors race to 42 inside five overs. But in the same over, he ended up miscuing one over wide mid-off, only for Vince to dive and catch it via a rebound. Kohler-Cadmore hit a 19-ball 32, including six fours and a six, and was the top-scorer of their innings.
Wiese then returned at the death trap Mohammad Nabi lbw to complete his five-for. Save for Woakes’ wicket, which was via a catch at backward point, Wiese’s dismissals were all lbw or bowled.
In reply, Giants lost Tom Banton in slowish start before Vince and de Grandhomme combined to keep Warriors at bay. Both fell within four balls of each other by Aayan Afzal Khan ensured Giants romp to the top of the table without any further hiccups.

Shanaka, Raza fifties keep Dubai Capitals alive

Dubai Capitals 166 for 3 (Shanaka 58*, Raza 56*, Zahir 2-32) beat MI Emirates 164 for 7 (Pooran 43, Ball 3-37, Zampa 2-24) by seven wickets
Dasun Shanaka and Sikandar Raza hit quick, unbeaten fifties to give Dubai Capitals two crucial points, which kept them alive in the race for the playoffs. Both faced 36 deliveries, and scored 58 and 56, respectively, to help Capitals chase down 165 - with seven wickets and 11 deliveries remaining - against MI Emirates, as both teams finished their season.
Capitals were in trouble at 44 for 3 in the seventh over, with Zahir Khan having claimed two of the wickets. That is when Shanaka - who finished with five fours and three sixes - and Raza - with four fours and four sixes - got together, and their partnership of 122 was enough to do the job for Capitals. Emirates were still in the game when Capitals needed 52 from 36 balls, but Raza crashed Jordan Thompson for a six and two fours in the 15th over. That took away the momentum from Emirates, who ended the group stage with 11 points.
Emirates’ batting, too, was shaken early, as they were 12 for 2 in the second over, with Jake Ball striking twice. Muhammad Waseem and Lorcan Tucker briefly steadied the innings with a 46-run partnership, but Raza cleaned Tucker up for 21 to end the powerplay. Adam Zampa removed Waseem for 31 three overs later, before another stand followed.
This time it was Emirates captain Nicholas Pooran and Dan Mousley, who added 56, Pooran leading the way while Mousley took his time. Zampa broke the partnership by getting Pooran, who hit 43 from 31 balls, after which Thompson pumped two sixes to push his side to 164

Joe Clarke, Paul Stirling end Abu Dhabi Knight Riders' season with first win

Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 133 for 5 (Clarke 54, Stirling 39, Jawadullah 3-24) beat Sharjah Warriors 130 for 9 (Kohler-Cadmore 46, Benjamin 24*, Matiullah 2-24) by five wickets
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders subjected Sharjah Warriors to a collapse of 8 for 39 en route to their first win, which came in only their final match of the season. The five-wicket victory with 20 balls to spare dent Warriors’ chances of making the playoffs, leaving them with a potentially must-win game against Gulf Giants.
Ten overs into the game, Matiullah Khan knocked over Dawid Malan, and Evin Lewis miscued a slog sweep to the wicketkeeper. And while Tom Kohler-Cadmore couldn’t accelerate after a few early boundaries, Warriors were at a respectable 74 for 2 after ten overs on being put in to bat.
But what followed was disciplined bowling and precise fielding that led to a wicket every over from the 14th to the 19th, as Warriors were reduced to 110 for 9. But even in the 12th over, Paul Stirling took a screamer to dismiss Moeen Ali, while in the 14th, Tom Kohler-Cadmore survived a leg-before appeal only to be run-out off the same ball by a direct hit from Matiullah.
Then Marcus Stoinis tried to cut loose after being bogged down, but found backward point, and poor calling while running caught Mohammad Nabi and Junaid Siddique short of their crease. Even Chris Benjamin survived a run-out chance in the last over, before smacking a four and a six off the last two balls.
In the first over of the chase, Chris Woakes found Joe Clarke’s top edge off a cut shot only for Junaid Siddique at deep third to drop a sitter. After getting a life, Clarke started attacking, not least against Siddique, who was taken down for two sixes and fours each in the fourth over.
Clarke and Stirling also took on Naveen-ul-Haq, breaking the back of the chase by the end of the 71-run powerplay during their partnership of 86. Clarke fell for 54, leading to a 32-run stand between Stirling and Brandon King. The latter’s wicket led to a collapse of 4 for 9, but all that could do was reduce Knight Riders’ victory margin.

Hetmyer secures Giants' spot in first qualifier

Gulf Giants 180 for 6 (Hetmyer 54, Vince 39, Pathirana 2-36) beat Desert Vipers 155 for 6 (Curran 42*, Erasmus 1-1, Aayan 1-18) by 25 runs
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A counter-attacking innings from James Vince at the top and a powerful back-end half-century from Shimron Hetmyer helped Gulf Giants complete a season double over league leaders Desert Vipers before they meet again in the first qualifier on Wednesday. In what was, on paper, a game that would make very little difference to the points table, the Giants powered to 180 for 6 before their bowlers comfortably sealed a 25-run win.
Tom Curran, who did not bowl for the Vipers despite the team using six bowlers, starred with the bat in the chase, but his unbeaten 42 was not enough. Vipers had a solid 57-run stand in 5.3 overs and were cruising towards the target but David Wiese and Aayan Afzal Khan triggered a collapse that saw them reduced to 88 for 5. Alex Hales, Rohan Mustafa and Sam Billings all fell in their 20s with the rest of the bowling unit chipping in as well. Curran and Benny Howell looked to resurrect their innings late, but it wasn’t to be in the end, with the chase falling off in the final two overs.
In the first innings, Giants were asked to bat first, and on a tricky two-paced surface, started strong. Vince was quick off the blocks even as Tom Banton struggled. Banton was run out courtesy of a direct hit from ILT20 debutant Jake Lintott and Chris Lynn soon followed.
While Vince and Hetmyer dragged Giants past a hundred, the Englishman was out for 39 before the slog overs. That job was completed by Hetmyer in the company of Wiese and Carlos Brathwaite, with both those batters keen to give the in-form man the strike. Hetmyer clobbered two fours and four sixes in all before falling in the penultimate ball of the first innings for 54.

MI Emirates seal play-off place as Knight Riders fail again

MI Emirates 180 for 4 (Waseem 60, Pollard 43) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 162 (Russell 42, Bravo 3-37) by 18 runs
MI Emirates sealed their ILT20 play-off place at the expense of the hapless Abu Dhabi Knight Riders, who have now lost all eight of their completed fixtures at the inaugural tournament, this time by 18 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Chasing a stiff but obtainable target of 181, Knight Riders slumped to 162, with Dwayne Bravo claiming 3 for 37.
Batting first, MI struggled for early impetus, and had inched along to 55 after ten overs, for the loss of the out-of-form Andre Fletcher for 22, before stepping up their intent in a flurry of seven sixes from 21 balls, six of which came from a newly liberated Muhammad Waseem.
With five overs remaining, however, MIE took the curious step of retiring Waseem’s partner Lorcan Tucker for 33 from 23 – despite his strike-rate of 144 being the better of the two – and when Waseem lost his off stump to de Lange one ball later, Knight Riders suddenly had two new batters at the crease, who proceeded to take just nine runs from the next 11 balls.
Kieron Pollard, however, swiftly made amends by laying into his former West Indies team-mate, Andre Russell in a 26-run over featuring three fours and two sixes, en route to a 17-ball 43. In all, MIE added 135 runs for the loss of two on-field wickets in their second ten overs, a sign that their target of 181 was eminently gettable.
Knight Riders’ reply got off to a poor start when Paul Stirling holed out to mid-on for a second-ball duck, and though Brandon King struck back with a flurry of boundaries off Trent Boult, they were soon three-down inside the seventh over as Imran Tahir struck twice in his first ten balls.
While Russell was still there, however, the Riders had a chance. He cracked two of his first four balls for six, including an uppercut over point off Fazalhaq Farooqi, but after reaching a 22-ball 42, he toe-ended a full toss to deep midwicket off Zahoor Khan. Bravo’s nous at the death then helped to stifle the remainder of the chase.

Rutherford secures Vipers' Qualifier spot

Desert Vipers 182 for 7 (Billings 54, Rutherford 50, Mustafa 31, Klaassen 3-34) beat Dubai Capitals 160 for 7 (Raza 41, Powell 33, Cottrell 2-36, Wood 2-36) by 22 runs
Sherfane Rutherford hit five consecutive sixes off Yusuf Pathan as table-topping Desert Vipers beat Dubai Capitals to clinch a spot in Qualifier 1 on February 8.
Capitals’ defeat leaves them on the brink of elimination. They will need to win their final group match - against MI Emirates on Sunday - and hope other results fall in their favour in order to finish in the top four.
Vipers had already sealed their progress to the knockout stages but will now have a second chance to reach the final even if they lose their first play-off match.
They lost three Powerplay wickets on a slow, used pitch at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday night. After Alex Hales and Colin Munro failed cheaply, Rohan Mustafa made a shot-a-ball 31. But he holed out to Freddie Klaassen to leave Vipers 45 for 3.
Sam Billings led the rebuild with a gritty half-century, benefitting from several slices of luck. On 8, he inside-edged a ball into his pad and then the stumps, but the bails did not come off. He was then dropped on 42 and 45, eventually holing out for 54 off 48.
Rutherford started slowly but then launched into Yusuf, hitting him for three consecutive sixes down the ground and then two more over the leg side to finish the 16th over. Billings had taken a single off the first ball of the over, which cost 31 runs in all - making it the most expensive of the season.
Robin Uthappa, Sikandar Raza and Rovman Powell all produced cameos for Capitals, but the required rate climbed above 10 in the seventh over of their chase and stayed there. The wickets were shared around, with Wanindu Hasaranga, with figures of 1 for 25 in four overs, the pick of Vipers’ attack.

Hetmyer's last-ball six lifts Giants into playoffs

Gulf Giants 143 for 5 (Banton 45, Lynn 28, Bravo 2-32) beat MI Emirates 139 (Pooran 42, Waseem 29, Jordan 3-12, Wiese 2-14, Drakes 2-21, Rehan 2-47) by five wickets
Gulf Giants followed Desert Vipers to become the second team to qualify for the ILT20 playoffs. It was a slow simmer leading to a late boil in Abu Dhabi with Giants slumping from needing 28 off the last four overs, with eight wickets in hand, to three off the last ball, and Shimron Hetmyer whipped Jordan Thompson’s low full-toss over the midwicket boundary to ensure Giants didn’t let the tense finish spill over into a loss.
Giants were in front for most of the game, but MI Emirates’ spirited bowling performance ensured a below-par score didn’t solely determine the result.
Put in to bat, Emirates had a start-stop innings. A run-a-ball powerplay led into the innings’ only notable partnership, a 61-run third-wicket stand between Nicholas Pooran, the aggressor, and Muhammad Waseem, the stabiliser.
While David Wiese’s 2 for 14 was a statistical highlight, Rehan Ahmed and Chris Jordan’s bowling defined the innings. Rehan was hit for a four and six sixes, punished almost inevitably when he gave the ball air, but a couple of his short deliveries earned big wickets, with Nicholas Pooran and Kieron Pollard finding deep midwicket on the pull.
Three of Jordan’s overs were saved for the back end. He broke the Pooran-Waseem stand and, with an assortment of pace changes and lengths, starred in a late collapse of 6 for 19 to end the innings.
In reply, Tom Banton and James Vince were tied up mainly by Trent Boult, who bowled three overs up top. They picked up pace but never really took off and were dismissed by full balls. Chris Lynn and Gerhard Erasmus steered the Giants towards their target, and when Thompson’s third over went for 17, all looked done, with only 38 needed off the last 30 balls. But Fazalhaq Farooqi and Dwayne Bravo removed the set batters and left 11 needed off the last over.
Thompson went full and wide to start, sending down two wides before he'd bowled four legal balls. With four needed off the last two, he missed the yorker, and sent down two full-tosses. The first, to Jordan, wasn’t far from being a no-ball, and the second, to Hetmyer, ended the game.

Hasaranga's three-for leads Vipers into knockouts

Desert Vipers 148 for 6 (Howell 34*, Mustafa 31, Noor 2-27, Jawadullah 2-36) beat Sharjah Warriors 126 for 8 (Walter 27, Hasaranga 3-13, Wood 3-20) by 22 runs
A stunning bowling display from Wanindu Hasaranga and crucial contributions from Benny Howell and Sam Billings led Desert Vipers to a 22-run win against Sharjah Warriors. The win means Vipers have now qualified for the knockout stages.
Howell and Billings helped the Vipers post a fighting total before the Sri Lankan legspinner ripped through the Warriors’ middle order.
Defending 148, Vipers would have been happy to send Warriors openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Tom Kohler-Cadmore back inside the first three overs. But Marcus Stoinis and Adam Hose stabilized the chase, adding 32 for the third wicket.
That’s when Hasaranga struck, trapping Stoinis lbw in the ninth over. Billings then ran Joe Denly out with a superb piece of wicketkeeping, fetching the ball from well outside off stump and flicking it onto the stumps with Denly’s bat still hanging in the air, after he had stepped out to try and defend a delivery from Howell.
Hasaranga then castled Hose in the 11th over, before cleaning up Mohammad Nabi in his final over, the 13th, to finish with figures of 3 for 13.
Warriors, 65 for 6 when Nabi fell, recovered thanks to Paul Walter's 27, but their hopes subsided when he chipped an easy catch to mid-off off Luke Wood. Alex Hales dropped Noor Ahmad twice while tracking back from mid-off in the 17th over, but Wood bowled the Afghan spinner in the next to all but seal Vipers' win.
Choosing to bat on a pitch with low bounce, Vipers started slowly. The early pressure contributed to Hales falling in the powerplay to Muhammad Jawadullah, and Colin Munro followed soon after.
Noor then castled Rohan Mustafa and Hasaranga, and when Sherfane Rutherford was run out following a mix-up, Vipers were 80 for 5 and looked set for a below-par total.
But Billings and Howell came together to add 52 runs for the sixth wicket. Billings fell for 27, while Howell finished unbeaten on 34 off 23.

Zampa and Munsey keep Capitals alive, knock out Knight Riders

Dubai Capitals 150 for 3 (Munsey 57, Dickwella 37, Hosein 1-21) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 149 for 9 (Clarke 52, Zampa 3-16, Raja 2-23) by seven wickets
Adam Zampa picked up another game-changing 3 for 16, this time in a winning cause to keep Dubai Capitals alive and knock Abu Dhabi Knight Risers out of the inaugural ILT20. Chasing a par 150, Capitals got home in 17.4 overs, with George Munsey top-scoring with 57.
Electing to bowl first, Capitals were put on the back foot by Joe Clarke, who smacked a fluent 52 off 27 balls. He lined up Hazrat Luqman, smacking for four fours in the fifth over, finishing with a total of seven fours and a six against the UAE quick.
But Zampa trapped him with a flatter ball that beat his flick. The leg-spinner then trapped Brandon King and knocked over Zawar Farid to complete another excellent spell. Sunil Narine hit a few late boundaries to push Knight Riders to 149 for 9.
Zampa’s heroics did not go in vain like they did against Desert Vipers, thanks to Niroshan Dickwella’s powerplay charge. Munsey then took on Narine to bury the chase within the first ten overs.
Narine gave Paul Stirling an over against Dickwella, but the offspinner to left-hander match-up did not work as the wicketkeeper-batter took the part-timer for a six and a four before subjecting fellow Sri Lankan team-mate, Lahiru Kumara, to a similar treatment.
Narine came on after Akhil Hosein removed Dickwella. But Munsey risked sweeping and launching over cow corner. The risks came off, with Narine’s first over going for 16. It led to Munsey and Dasun Shanaka milking the bowling, with the asking rate decreasing to under six an over. Rovman Powell came out at the end, took on Andre Russell for two sixes, and finished the game with 14 balls left in the innings.

Waseem, Pollard, Fletcher lead Emirates to huge win

MI Emirates 241 for 3 (Waseem 86, Pollard 50*, Fletcher 50, Curran 2-63) beat Desert Vipers 84 (Billings 12, Watt 12, Farooqi 3-13, Zahoor 2-8 ) by 157 runs
Table toppers Desert Vipers were handed a stern hammering as MI Emirates took them down by 157 runs in a one-sided affair in Sharjah.
The win was set up first by power-packed half-centuries from Muhammad Waseem, Andre Fletcher and Kieron Pollard as Emirates notched up this season’s highest score of 241 for 3. Fazalhaq Farooqi then blew Vipers away, picking 3 for 13 off his three overs and bowling them out for 84. While Vipers managed to hold the top spot on the points table, their net run rate took a firm whack. Emirates consolidated their position in third place.
Electing to field first, the Vipers bowlers were in for a rude awakening as Fletcher and Waseem added 141 runs for the opening stand in just 12.3 overs. While Waseem slammed 11 fours and four sixes in his 44-ball 86, Fletcher hit a more sedate 39-ball 50.
The openers fell in quick succession and Najibullah Zadran soon followed suit. But Pollard and Dan Mousely gave the Vipers bowlers a proper hiding in the last five overs, smoking 88 runs. Pollard ended the innings with an unbeaten 19-ball fifty. Matheesha Pathirana and Tom Curran, the stars of the Vipers' win last evening, collectively went for 121 runs in their eight overs.
In reply, Vipers were never really in the chase. Farooqi knocked back Rohan Mustafa with the first ball of his spell before Trent Boult sent Alex Hales packing in the next over. Colin Munro hit two fours in his run-a-ball 10 but Vipers lost their next four wickets for 14 runs to slump to 47 for 6 in six overs.
It did not take the Emirate long to send the rest of the batters back into the shed as Vipers folded in just 12.1overs. Emirates used six bowlers and each of them managed at least a wicket.

Vipers on top after Pathirana, Curran stun Capitals

Desert Vipers 149 for 9 (Munro 40, Billings 25, Zampa 3-16) beat Dubai Capitals 137 for 5 (Pathan 35*, Powell 34*, Mustafa 2-27) by 12 runs
A stunning death bowling effort from Tom Curran and Matheesha Pathirana thwarted Rovman Powell and Yusuf Pathan’s late bash to take Desert Vipers top of the points table with a 12-run win.
Chasing 150, Capitals were reduced to 7 for 2 in the third over with both openers back in the shed. Dasun Shanaka and Chirag Suri added 38 for the third wicket but took 35 balls for it and fell in back-to-back overs as Capitals slipped to 53 for 4 at the halfway stage.
However, Powell, Sikandar Raza and later Pathan staged a comeback with Capitals scoring 64 in the next six overs. They would have fancied their chances with 33 required from 24 balls, and Powell and Pathan at the crease. But Curran and Pathirana conceded just one boundary in the last four overs.
Earlier, Jake Ball dismissed Rohan Mustafa in the first over of the game after Powell opted to bowl. Alex Hales came into the game with five successive 50-plus scores but for once failed, managing only 12.
However, Colin Munro and Sam Billings counterattacked, taking Vipers to 68 for 2 by the end of the powerplay. The duo added 65 runs for the third wicket off 44 balls before Adam Zampa took over. The legspinner first had Billings trapped right in front of the stumps with a wrong’un and soon after sent back Wanindu Hasaranga.
Zampa got his third wicket of the night, removing Munro with a long hop as Vipers lost 6 for 52 and were restricted to what at the time seemed like a par score. In the end, it proved to be enough.

Gurbaz and Nabi shine in tense chase to keep Knight Riders winless

Sharjah Warriors 150 for 6 (Gurbaz 56, Kumara 3-36, Hosein 2-28) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 149 for 4 (Stirling 55, Russell 33, Walter 2-29) by four wickets
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders’ winless tournament continued as Rahmanullah Gurbaz (66 off 39 balls) and Mohammad Nabi (18* off 11) helped Sharjah Warriors chase down a target of 150 with three overs remaining. The two Afghan batters’ contributions came either side of a nervy collapse from 91 for 2 to 126 for 6. Lahiru Kumara took two of those wickets in the 14th over to throw the game wide open, before Nabi all but sealed the win by hitting Kumara for 4, 6, 4 in the 16th.
The result left Knight Riders rooted to the bottom of the table with just one point from seven games; Warriors are tied on seven points with third-placed MI Emirates, who have a game in hand.
Sent in to bat, Knight Riders only posted 149 despite losing just four wickets, as their two top-scorers, Paul Stirling (55 off 50 balls) and Andre Russell (33 off 28), struggled to up the ante. Russell and Charith Asalanka (21* off 13) gave them a bit of momentum by taking 41 runs off the 17th, 18th and 19th overs, but Naveen-ul-Haq took the sting out of their finish with a three-run 20th over that included Russell’s wicket.

Rain washes out Warriors-Capitals clash after Siddique, Naveen run riot

Match abandoned Sharjah Warriors vs Dubai Capitals
Rain had final say on the second successive day at the ILT20, washing out Sharjah Warriors’ home game against Dubai Capitals on Thursday.
A downpour after the toss, where Warriors captain Joe Denly – standing in for Moeen Ali who has joined England for the ODIs in South Africa – opted to bowl, delayed the start by over an hour. Fast bowlers Junaid Siddique and Naveen-ul-Haq struck twice each to dismiss the Capitals top order inside five overs.
But another long spell of rain put paid to all those efforts as the teams split a point each. The positions of both Warriors (4th) and Capitals (5th) were unchanged in the points table.

Gulf Giants back on top after washout

Match abandoned Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs Gulf Giants
The game between Abu Dhabi Knight Riders and Gulf Giants was abandoned without the toss as rain hardly relented in Dubai on Wednesday evening.
Both teams shared a point each, which meant Giants overtook Desert Vipers to claim the top spot on the table, while Knight Riders broke the duck after five losses in as many games before today.
There was a brief period when the rain stopped. The Super Sopper was put on the job, and an inspection was planned for 8.30pm local time. In the end, it all proved to be futile.

Hales, Rutherford shine as Vipers reclaim pole position

Desert Vipers 170 for 3 (Hales 62*, Rutherford 56*, Munro 41, Samit 2-23) beat MI Emirates 169 for 5 (Pollard 67*, Pooran 57, Curran 2-38)
Alex Hales continued his dream run at the ILT20 with his fifth straight 50-plus score in as many games as Desert Vipers got the better of MI Emirates by seven wickets. He was ably backed up by Sherfane Rutherford, who smoked an unbeaten 29-ball 56, with the win helping Vipers reclaim pole position on the points table.
Chasing 170 in Abu Dhabi, Vipers lost Rohan Mustafa early, with Trent Boult getting the ball to hoop around. Hales did not find his bearings right away but Colin Munro was at it from the get-go. He struck four fours and three sixes in his 22-ball 41 but fell to a one-handed stunner from Kieron Pollard at long-on.
Sam Billings came and went amidst a mini-wobble but Hales held fort and found a few boundaries of his own. Rutherford started off like a train, stitching 94 unbeaten runs for the fourth wicket off 52 balls with Hales. Vipers chased down the target with 21 balls remaining.
Earlier, Munro's decision to bowl first was vindicated right away, with Emirates losing back-to-back wickets. Gus Atkinson struck with the last ball of the second over, sending back Vriitya Aravind before Sheldon Cottrell had the other opener, Muhammad Waseem, the first ball of the next over.
Andre Fletcher scratched around for his 18-ball 21 and was run-out courtesy a stunning Wanindu Hasaranga direct hit from backward point. At the time, Emirates were struggling on 53 for 3 in the ninth over.
Nicholas Pooran and Pollard started slow but soon took over. Pollard was the aggressor in the partnership, reaching his half-century off 31 balls with one four and six sixes. Pooran was a touch circumspect as he got to the milestone in 47 balls smashing four fours and two sixes before falling in the last over to a pinpoint yorker from Tom Curran that had him floored.
The duo added 116 runs off 69 balls for the fourth wicket, smashing 60 runs in the last five overs, but it proved insufficient in the end.

Naveen's five-for helps Warriors end Giants' unbeaten run

Sharjah Warriors 151 for 7 (Denly 58, Kohler-Cadmore 36, Jordan 3-25) beat Gulf Giants 130 (Jordan 37, Wiese 35, Naveen 5-38, Woakes 2-11) by 21 runs
Naveen-ul-Haq took the first five-wicket haul in the ILT20 as he and Chris Woakes bowled Sharjah Warriors to victory against table-toppers Gulf Giants.
Warriors, who lost their first three matches of the season, have now won two on the trot, while Giants tasted defeat for the first time this season.
Put in to bat, Giants lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz early, but Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who scored a magnificent century in their last match, counter-attacked before falling in the last over of the powerplay.
Joe Denly then held up one end, even as Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali departed at the other. Denly put on a 40-run stand with Mohammad Nabi (20 off 16) before reaching his half-century.
His 58 off 43 helped Warriors post a total of 151 for 7, but it was still very much chaseable for a side that had a perfect record in the tournament so far.
But Woakes and Naveen stunned them early on, as Rehan Ahmed and James Vince fell prey to the fast-bowling duo in the first two overs. UAE quick Junaid Siddique also chipped in, and the Giants were reeling at 27 for 5 at the end of the powerplay.
Naveen struck again in the eighth over before David Wiese and Chris Lynn put on a 41-run stand to try and revive the Giants.
After Lynn fell to Noor Ahmad, Chris Jordan joined Wiese at the crease and the two upped the tempo. But Naveen returned to have Wiese hole out to long-off to all but seal the win for his team. Then, bowling the final over in which the Giants needed 34, he conceded back-to-back sixes off Jordan before dismissing him and Richard Gleeson off the next two deliveries to complete the win and his five-wicket haul.

Powell 97 beats Pollard 86 as Capitals take down Emirates

Dubai Capitals 222 for 3 (Powell 97, Root 82, Farooqi 1-39) beat MI Emirates 206 for 5 (Pollard 86, Fletcher 35*, Zadran 30, Luqman 2-23) by 16 runs
Only one of MI Emirates' top four managed a strike rate of a run a ball. And that too barely. Then Kieron Pollard came in and hammered 86 off 38. In the end, they lost a chase of 223 by 16 runs and there was the feeling of what could have been.
Rovman Powell (97 off 41) and Joe Root (82 off 54) starred for Dubai Capitals with stunning knocks. The duo went all guns blazing, stitching together a match-winning 119-run partnership from just 59 deliveries. Put in to bat, Capitals openers Robin Uthappa and Root laid a strong foundation by notching up 59 runs in the powerplay en route to their 78-run first-wicket stand. Uthappa fell to Fazalhaq Farooqi in the ninth over for a 23-ball 26. From there on, Emirates' bowlers were taken to the cleaners, with Root hitting eight fours and three sixes in his 54-ball knock and Powell smashing four fours and ten sixes in his 41-ball assault.
The stand was broken when Root was dismissed in the penultimate over. Powell didn't stop there, taking Pollard for 19 runs in the final over to take Capitals to 222.
In reply, Emirates lost three wickets early on, with Hazrat Luqman picking up two in one over when he sent Will Smeed and Nicholas Pooran back to the dugout. However, Pollard's arrival shifted momentum for Emirates. His 38-ball innings consisted of eight fours and six sixes. He also shared 118 runs for 60 balls with Andre Fletcher (35 not out) before losing his wicket to Powell in the 16th over.
Najibullah Zadran then punished Chamika Karunaratne for four sixes and a four in the 18th over to bring down the equation to 41 off 12 before being dismissed next over to Fred Klaassen for a nine-ball 30. Samit Patel, at No. 7, scored an unbeaten 18 off six deliveries, but it wasn't enough.

Lynn and Hetmyer keep Giants' 100% win record intact

Gulf Giants 196 for 5 (Lynn 71, Hetmyer 70, Cottrell 2-24) beat Desert Vipers 195 for 4 (Hales 99, Gleeson 1-19) by five wickets
Gulf Giants were 30 for 3 when Shimron Hetmyer joined Chris Lynn. Chasing 196 against Desert Vipers, the odds were stacked against them. But Lynn smacked 71, Hetmyer blazed to 70, and courtesy some finishing touches from David Wiese and Liam Dawson, the Giants cruised to a five-wicket victory, keeping their 100% win record in the ILT20 tournament intact.
The Vipers had posed an imposing 195 for 4 in the first innings - on the back of Alex Hales' 99 - and when Giants lost Tom Banton, James Vince and Rehan Ahmed quickly in the chase, the result seemed to be going their way. However, Lynn and Hetmyer added 117 runs in a fourth-wicket partnership, in only 9.2 overs, to change the game around. This was the first defeat for Vipers in the tournament despite Hales making it four 50+ scores in four games.
Hales had started the day as the majority contributor in a 72-run opening stand for Vipers alongside Rohan Mustafa. When Mustafa was out for 23, stumped off Dawson, Vipers kept the left-right combination going with Colin Munro playing a small hand after which Sherfane Rutherford joined Hales. Hales hit 10 fours and five sixes in his 57-ball 99, but fell in the 17th over - caught at deep extra cover - while trying to hit Chris Jordan. Despite some late hits from Rutherford, Hales' wicket slowed proceedings down, and Vipers could not breach 200.
The English trio of Banton, Vince and Rehan had scored only eight runs between them before being dismissed by the Vipers bowlers when Lynn and Hetmyer began the recovery job. Together they hit 13 fours and eight sixes, especially brutal on Wanindu Hasaranga, Benny Howell and Mustafa.
They helped the Giants seize the advantage so much, that even though both batters fell in the space of 17 balls, there was enough in the Giants tank - in the form of Wiese and Dawson - to complete the turnaround win.

MI Emirates smash 25 off final over to beat Knight Riders

MI Emirates 176 for 5 (Fletcher 53, Najibullah 35*, Kumara 2-34) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 170 for 7 (De Silva 65, Narine 28*, Farooqi 2-27) by five wickets
Andre Russell failed to defend 20 in the final over as Najibullah Zadran helped MI Emirates over the line in a see-saw contest. Najibullah smacked an unbeaten 35 in 17 balls to continue MI Emirates’ three-match winning streak, leaving Abu Dhabi Knight Riders still winless after five games.
All eyes were on Najibullah’s partner, Kieron Pollard, when he came to the crease with Emirates needing 78 off 40. After two quiet overs, Pollard clobbered full balls for two fours, but it was Najibullah being dropped by Brandon King - leaking six runs in the process - that started a special turnaround.
Captain Sunil Narine saved himself for the 19th over with 29 needed, and got his opposite number off the first ball. But Najibullah smacked the fifth for a six, leaving Russell with 20 to defend. The final over saw a six and a four by Bravo and two sixes by Najibullah to complete a turnaround win.
Andre Fletcher, with his 43-ball 53, had anchored the innings earlier with Nicholas Pooran after Akeal Hosein and Lahiru Kumara dented the chase with early strikes. In the ten overs that followed the powerplay, Emirates were restricted to 65 for 2.
Earlier in the day, Charith Asalanka anchored Knight Riders’ innings despite wickets falling at the other end. Trent Boult and Fazalhaq Farooqi combined to take 2 for 50 in their eight overs. Zahoor Khan also chipped in with two wickets. Narine’s cameo at the death took Knight Riders to a respectable 170, which seemed enough for most of the game, until Russell’s plan of going wide was met with sparkling strokeplay that sealed the deal for Emirates.

Kohler-Cadmore's whirlwind ton gives Warriors first win

Sharjah Warriors 182 for 3 (Kohler-Cadmore 106*, Denly 29*, Raja 2-34) beat Dubai Capitals 177 for 4 (Root 80*, Powell 44, Woakes 2-35) by seven wickets
Tom Kohler-Cadmore tore into Dubai Capitals' bowling, as he bashed an unbeaten 106 off only 47 balls in a successful chase of 178. The total was hunted down with 32 balls to spare, taking Sharjah Warriors off the mark after three consecutive losses to start the tournament.
The tone of Warriors' innings was set in the second over, at the end of which they had piled up 24. And what followed was carnage: three back-to-back fours off Isuru Udana next over, before Mujeeb ur Rahman was thrashed for 29 in the final over of the powerplay. In the process, Kohler-Cadmore had reached his half-century from 19 deliveries, shooting up Warriors to 95 after six overs.
Capitals' fate was all but sealed, with Kohler-Cadmore getting to his century on his 46th ball, finishing with ten fours and six sixes to show the way in a commanding win.
However, 177 didn't seem to be a below-par total on a batting-friendly pitch, where Joe Root struck 80 not out after opening the innings for Capitals. He firmly held one end up after they were 15 for 2 in the third over, adding 82 off 59 balls with Dan Lawrence. After only 22 had come off the first four overs, they took Naveen-ul-Haq for 17 to pick up some pace. But they mostly kept ticking over, even as Root produced the reverse scoop for six.
The last ten overs produced 107, with captain Rovman Powell pumping 44 from 27 deliveries before falling in the final over. Root had faced 54 balls for his knock, which seemed to have given Capitals more than enough to play with, only for Kohler-Cadmore's century to wipe it out with ease.

Hales and Cottrell give Vipers ILT20's largest-margin win

Desert Vipers 219 for 4 (Hales 110, Munro 56, Kumara 2-31) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 108 (Russell 57, Cottrell 3-14, Howell 2-6, Hasaranga 2-21) by 111 runs
A whirlwind 59-ball 110 from Alex Hales, backed up by Sheldon Cottrell 's miserly 3 for 14, helped Desert Vipers down Abu Dhabi Knight Riders by 111 runs, the largest victory in terms of runs thus far, in Abu Dhabi. Andre Russell's power-packed 57 proved insufficient as Knight Riders were consigned to a fourth-straight loss while Vipers claimed a third-straight win and moved to pole position on the points table.
Sent in to bat, Vipers opener Rohan Mustafa came out swinging, smoking Russell for two fours in the opening over. The quick, however, had the last laugh, holing him out to extra cover. That was the only source of joy for Knight Riders for a while as Colin Munro and Hales, in particular, lay into the bowlers.
The duo added 164 runs for the second wicket off just 95 balls, comfortably the highest stand of the tournament thus far. While Munro struggled to get going for a major part of his innings, Hales found his bearings from the get-go. In all, the Englishman smoked seven fours and six sixes during his knock. He was run out off the last ball of the innings, but not before becoming the leading run-scorer of the tournament, overtaking James Vince.
Munro played and missed a lot, but stuck around, hitting four fours and two sixes during his 41-ball 56. Sherfane Rutherford (23 off 7) and Tom Curran (16* off 8) too played important cameos to take Vipers to the highest total of the tournament, so far.
In reply, Knight Riders were blown away inside the powerplay, losing four wickets for just 18 runs. Cottrell sent back Brandon King and Kennar Lewis quickly. Gus Atkinson saw the back of Colin Ingram before Charith Asalanka was caught short courtesy a stunning direct hit from Wanindu Hasaranga.
It was then Hasaranga's turn to strike with the ball as Knight Riders were reduced to 54 for 7 after ten overs. Russell wound back the clock and brought up his fifty off just 25 balls but ran out of partners. Vipers only needed 15.1 overs to end Knight Riders' misery.

Bowlers, Vince help Gulf Giants crush Dubai Capitals

Gulf Giants 181 for 6 (Vince 76, Hetmyer 37, Raja 2-23) beat Dubai Capitals 80 (Shanaka 23, Wiese 3-3, Jordan 3-12) by 101 runs
Three matches, three half-centuries for James Vince and three wins for Gulf Giants.
The ILT20 table-toppers continued their perfect start to the season with a resounding 101-run win over Dubai Capitals. Vince’s 76 off 48 deliveries helped them post 181 after being put in to bat before their bowlers decimated the Capitals, skittling them out for the lowest total in the competition so far.
Vince started slow, with pinch-hitter Rehan Ahmed doing the heavy-hitting early before he spooned a catch to mid-off in the third over.
Vince and Chris Lynn then added 82 runs for the second wicket to put the Giants in a strong position. Lynn was more of a spectator though, as Vince raced to his third consecutive half-century in the tournament.
He took special liking to Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Fabian Allen, with seven of his eight boundaries coming off the two spinners.
Dubai Capitals then pulled things back with four wickets in four overs, including Akif Raja’s dismissals of Vince and David Wiese off consecutive deliveries.
But Shimron Hetmyer and Liam Dawson added 54 runs off the next five overs to take Giants to a strong position. While Hetmyer was unbeaten on 37 off 19, Dawson made 18 off 13, getting out to the penultimate delivery of the match. Chris Jordan smashed a six off the last ball to take Giants past 180.
The top order had given good starts in the last two games for Capitals, but their top run-getter Robin Uthappa edged behind off Richard Gleeson in the first over and that was a sign of things to come.
While Joe Root tried to keep them ticking, Wiese trapped Chirag Suri lbw and then took a brilliant return catch to send opposition captain Rovman Powell packing in the fifth over.
Rehan castled Root in the over after the powerplay and their slide continued when Yusuf Pathan chipped a simple catch to cover to give Wiese his third wicket.
Dasun Shanaka began a counterattack, hitting Rehan for three boundaries, but was out to Sanchit Sharma the over after that. Jordan then knocked over Allen’s stumps and then also castled Chamika Karunaratne and Raja in his next over to wrap up the win with 33 deliveries remaining.

Hasaranga and Hales make it two in two for Vipers

Desert Vipers 135 for 3 (Hales 64, Billings 35*, Hosein 1-24) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 133 for 8 (King 57, Hasaranga 3-18, Atkinson 2-35) by seven wickets
Wanindu Hasaranga applied the brakes just when Abu Dhabi Knight Riders had gained good momentum, triggering a collapse of 5 for 30 and restricting them to 133. Hasaranga grabbed 3 for 18 - his wickets included those of Charith Asalanka and Andre Russell off back-to-back balls in the 14th over - before Alex Hales followed his 83 not out against Sharjah Warriors with another half-century to carry Desert Vipers home.
Brandon King's 57 was the only solid contribution in Knight Riders' line-up. Colin Ingram and Asalanka fell after adding 39 and 49 with King, respectively. King and Asalanka picked up 15 off Benny Howell's 12th over before Knight Riders lost track on a slow pitch where the ball turned and also kept low at times.
Vipers' chase got off to an attacking start, with Hales and Rohan Mustafa pumping 36 - including six fours and a six - off the first three overs. Akeal Hosein got Mustafa for 23 off 11 balls in the next over, while Russell dismissed Colin Munro in the fifth. But Hales and Billings added 74 in quick time to ensure Vipers chipped away comfortably at their target of 134.
Hales reached his half-century from 36 deliveries to end the 12th over, and he then deposited Lahiru Kumara for two boundaries in the 14th. Knight Riders captain Sunil Narine dismissed him for 64, but by then, Vipers needed only 17 off the remaining 34 balls. Billings ended unbeaten on 35, as Sherfane Rutherford launched a six to seal the win and keep Knight Riders winless.

Bravo, Tahir help MI Emirates thump Sharjah Warriors

MI Emirates 147 for 4 (Waseem 40, Pooran 39*) beat Sharjah Warriors 146 for 7 (Kohler-Cadmore 55, Bravo 3-25, Tahir 2-17) by six wickets
MI Emirates eased to a six-wicket win over Sharjah Warriors. It leaves the Warriors winless in the ILT20 so far, while Emirates retain their 100 percent win record.
The win was set up by the bowlers, with Dwayne Bravo and Imran Tahir taking five wickets between them. Trent Boult got rid of Rahmanullah Gurbaz early after he had got off to a flying start. Tom Kohler-Cadmore was the highest scorer for the Warriors, scoring a 41-ball 55 as wickets fell around him. No one between Nos. 4 and 7 managed to make it to double-figures, while Bravo and Tahir’s combined figures of 8-0-42-5 gutted the Warriors innings. It was only a late cameo from Paul Walter (28* off 18) that saw them to 146.
Emirates started off at pace thanks to Will Smeed, who’s 17-ball 29 put his side well ahead of the asking rate. But once Junaid Siddique got rid of him, the Warriors managed to rein the batters in. Run scoring became more attritional, and by the half way mark, Emirates had just 70 on the board.
However, with wickets in hand, the asking rate was always kept under check. Muhammad Waseem’s 36-ball 40 guided them closer, before a blitz from Nicholas Pooran, who smashed an unbeaten 39 off 21 deliveries, put the contest beyond the Warriors. A couple of sixes from captain Emirates captain Kieron Pollard brought them to the cusp, and the winning runs were knocked off with 15 balls still to spare.

Vince's 56-ball 83* helps Gulf Giants ace 183 chase

Gulf Giants 183 for 4 (Vince 83*, Erasmus 51, Mujeeb 2-36) beat Dubai Capitals 182 for 7 (Uthappa 79, Powell 38, Rehan 3-28) by six wickets
James Vince and Gerhard Erasmus' fifties helped Gulf Giants chase down 183 and produce a comfortable six-wicket win with an over to spare against Dubai Capitals on Monday. Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up two early wickets, but Vince (83 not out) and Erasmus put on a fantastic partnership of 107 runs off 59 balls to blunt Capitals and seal their second victory in a row.
Giants' chase started with the young Rehan Ahmed promoted to open with Vince. The English allrounder made an 18-ball 27 to give them a good start before being castled by Mujeeb in the fifth over. Two balls later, Ollie Pope was trapped lbw. From 43 for 2, Vince and Erasmus helped the side recover. After scoring just 36 off the first 33 balls, Vince upped the ante after the halfway mark to hit 47 off the next 23 balls. He targeted Mujeeb, in particular, notching up two sixes and two fours off his bowling.
Erasmus kept the scorecard ticking from the beginning, unleashing five fours and two sixes before being run out in the 16th over. By the time he was dismissed, Giants were in sight of the win.
Earlier, Robin Uthappa raced to a 24-ball fifty as Capitals put on 60 runs in the first six overs. Joe Root made an 11-ball six and was run out off Rehan Ahmed when he tried to sneak in a quick single and Vince put in a throw from short mid-off to dismiss him. Rovman Powell then got off to a flying start by smashing two huge sixes in the eighth and ninth over.
Between Uthappa and Powell, they shared a 43-run stand off just 28 balls for the third wicket. It was David Wiese who broke the partnership and Capitals' momentum by dismissing Uthappa in the 12th over. His knock consisted of ten fours and two sixes. Four overs later, Powell was out when Rehan castled him. From 142 for 2, Capitals collapsed to 172 for 7 as Giants bounced back.
Sikander Raza's unbeaten 30 off 19 balls and Hazrat Luqman's 10 off two balls at the death lifted Capitals to a competitive total which wasn't enough at the end.
Rehan finished with 3 for 28 while Richard Gleeson's two wickets ensured Giants restricted Capitals to under 200.

Alex Hales' 83*, Sam Billings 49 lead Vipers to 146 chase

Desert Vipers 148 for 3 (Hales 83*, Billings 49, Moeen 1-8) beat Sharjah Warriors 145 for 5 (Denly 36*, Nabi 34*, Mills 1-11) by seven wickets
A fine bowling performance followed by a match-winning partnership between Alex Hales and Sam Billings saw Desert Vipers get their ILT20 campaign off to a winning start. For Sharjah Warriors, another poor batting display brought about their second defeat in as many days.
Chasing 146, Vipers lost Rohan Mustafa to Moeen Ali in the first over; then Chris Woakes had Colin Munro holing out to deep square leg in the second over. But Hales and Billings put on a 128-run stand to seal victory for them.
Hales finished unbeaten on 83 off 52 deliveries, hitting nine fours and three sixes. Billings scored 49 off 38 balls, losing his wicket with just three runs needed for a win.
Hales finished the chase off with a boundary, with 20 deliveries remaining. Hales’ 83* was also the highest individual score of the tournament.
Earlier, Warriors, who were put in to bat, had got off to a slow start, before Evin Lewis top-edged Sheldon Cottrell to fine leg in the third over. Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who had impressed in the first match, then hit a six and a four before skying an easy catch for Billings off Gus Atkinson.
Tom Curran was next to get his name on the wickets column, as a struggling Tom Kohler-Cadmore miscued a cut to Mustafa at deep third.
Warriors' captain Moeen and Dawid Malan briefly stabilised the innings, putting on 28 for the fourth wicket. But Vipers applied the squeeze and both batters lost their wickets in consecutive overs.
Joe Denly and Mohammad Nabi then batted out nine overs and put on an unbeaten partnership of 77 to help Warriors get to a competitive total. Nabi hit 34 off 23 deliveries, and Denly made 36 off 33, as Warriors finished on 145.
All seam bowlers took a wicket each for Vipers, and their only over of spin came from Mustafa, who gave away seven runs without taking a wicket.

Sanchit, Jordan and Vince power Gulf Giants to comfortable win

Gulf Giants 115 for 4 (Vince 65, Narine 2-21) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 114 for 9 (Russell 26, Stirling 20, Sanchit 3-9, Jordan 3-28) by six wickets
Sanchit Sharma with the new ball, Chris Jordan at the death, and James Vince in the chase helped Gulf Giants overpower Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the third match of the ILT20 in Abu Dhabi.
Giants had to chase only 115 after Knight Riders were restricted to 114 for 9.
UAE seamer Sanchit did the early damage with the wickets of Colin Ingram, Brandon King and Connor Esterhuizen - all in the powerplay. He returned figures of 3 for 9 in three overs.
Andre Russell walked in with Knight Riders 34 for 4 and looked to resurrect the innings but was out for a 12-ball 26.
Jordan then ran through Knight Riders' lower order to finish with 3 for 28.
Giants' chase was kickstarted by Vince, who scored 65 in 44 balls and dominated a second-wicket stand of 75 with England team-mate Ollie Pope (18).
Shimron Hetmyer and David Wiese remained unbeaten to finish the game off with 34 balls and six wickets to spare.

UAE's Waseem hits 71 off 39 in MI Emirates victory

MI Emirates 204 for 5 (Waseem 71, Pooran 49, Woakes 2-23) beat Sharjah Warriors 155 for 9 (Woakes 62, Gurbaz 43, Tahir 3-26) by 49 runs
A fine all-round effort from Chris Woakes went in vain as MI Emirates began their ILT20 campaign with a 49-run win over Sharjah Warriors at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. UAE batter Muhammad Waseem was the star with the bat, hitting 71 off 39 deliveries to help power MI Emirates to a total of 204 for 5 – the first 200-plus total in the tournament.
Dwayne Bravo, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Imran Tahir then helped restrict Sharjah to 155 for 9.
After Will Smeed faced a quiet over to begin with from Woakes, Waseem took the attack to Naveen-Ul-Haq, as they got 16 runs off the fast bowler’s over.
Smeed skied a catch for Rahmanullag Gurbaz off Woakes in the third over, but Waseem and Fletcher saw them finish the powerplay on a strong note.
Woakes, who was comfortably the best bowler for Sharjah, returned to have Fletcher caught behind, but it did little to stop MI Emirates’ strong start.
Nicholas Pooran, on the back of an excellent Abu Dhabi T10 competition, joined Waseem in the middle and the two put on a partnership of 79 runs from just 40 deliveries.
Waseem hit five fours and as many sixes, regularly targeting the leg-side. He finally holed out to deep midwicket off Mohammad Nabi.
Medium pacer Junaid Siddique threatened to stop MI Emirates’ momentum as he dismissed Pooran and Najibullah Zadran off consecutive deliveries in the 17th over, but Dwayne Bravo (21* off 10) hit three consecutive fours to end the penultimate over, before he and the captain Kieron Pollard (22* off 13) hit 17 off the last over to take them across 200.
MI Emirates started well with the ball, as Fazalhaq Farooqi castled Evin Lewis and then trapped Dawid Malan lbw off consecutive deliveries in the second over.
Moeen Ali (15 off 16) tried to rebuild for Sharjah along with Gurbaz, as the two put on a 49-run stand, but once Moeen was caught at long-on off Bravo, the wickets started falling in regular intervals.
Gurbaz was soon bowled by Bravo for 43 off 31 before Imran Tahir got rid of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Joe Denly and Mohammad Nabi in the space of 10 runs.
Woakes then ensured that Sharjah reached a respectable total, bringing his half-century up in just 25 balls and finishing on 62 off 29. He took 20 runs off the final over, bowled by Fletcher, before Waseem took a screamer at long-on off the final delivery to end his innings.

Powell leads Capitals to big win in tournament opener

Dubai Capitals 187 for 6 (Powell 48, Uthappa 43, Rampaul 2-36, Khan 2-45) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 114 for 9 (Stirling 54, Powell 2-15, Mujeeb 2-16) by 73 runs
Captain Rovman Powell impressed with the bat and ball to take Dubai Capitals to a 73-run win against Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the tournament opener.
Powell made a 29-ball 48 after Capitals were put in, before removing Zawar Farid and the game’s only half-centurion, Paul Stirling, with the ball.
Capitals started slowly and their run rate was just about 7 around the 12-over mark, with Powell on 3 off 9. Robin Uthappa, who worked his way to 43 off 32 was then dismissed by Sunil Narine. Powell turned it around in the next over, pulling two Ali Khan bouncers for sixes and scooping an overpitched ball for four in a 21-run over. He clobbered Ravi Rampaul for a four and six before holing out to deep midwicket in the 17th over, setting the platform for cameos from Sikandar Raza, Ravi Bopara, and Isuru Udana. Capitals made 62 in their last four overs to end with 187.
In reply, only two of Knight Riders’ batters reached double figures. Udana removed Colin Ingram in the first over, and Stirling was dropped on 1 by Bopara off Hazrat Luqman. The opener capitalised by peppering the leg-side boundaries when the bowlers missed their lines, but wickets weren't far at the other end. Akif Raja had Brandon King nicking before Powell foxed Zawar with the slower one. Powell's bouncer led to a miscue from Stirling, allowing Joe Root to take the second of his four catches in the 12th over. The next 29 balls saw a collapse of 21 for 5. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Raza dried up the scoring before Raja and Luqman chipped in with a wicket each to shut the game down. The combined figures of Mujeeb and Raza read 8-0-33-3.

Hundred's top six-hitter Lyth gears up for Vipers stint

England Test opener to the top six-hitter at the Hundred. It's been an interesting journey for Adam Lyth, who's now set to open for Desert Vipers at the inaugural ILT20, alongside the big-hitting Alex Hales.
Lyth, who hit 20 sixes in eight innings at the 2022 Hundred, joint-highest on the charts with Dawid Malan, downplayed his role in the carnage. "I think (the ability to clear the ropes often) is because of good wickets, and batting in the powerplay,” he told the ILT20. "My job for the team is to try and get good fast starts, and I managed to do that, and I managed to clear the ropes a few times and that is always handy as well.
“If you are in a good place and confidence is high, and if you do get the chance to clear the ropes, it does happen, but I don’t look to hit sixes at will. If they come that is brilliant.”
Lyth played seven Tests for England in 2015, but is now an exceptional white-ball batter on the English circuit. How did this happen? “It is something that evolved naturally,” he said. “I have always played white-ball cricket for Yorkshire, in the (T20) Blast, and over the last few years I have generally done quite well. So, I am looking to play in some of the leagues around the world.”

James Vince to captain Gulf Giants

James Vince will lead Gulf Giants in the inaugural season of the ILT20 in the UAE. The England batter comes with plenty of captaincy experience: he led Hampshire to the Vitality Blast trophy earlier this year, and he also captains Southern Brave in The Hundred.
“This is a great honour and an immense amount of responsibility to be captaining the Gulf Giants in the ILT20," Vince said. "I am glad that the team management and coach Andy Flower have placed trust in me. I will hopefully be able to repay that with plenty of runs.
"I’ve had the good fortune of being captain in franchise cricket in The Hundred and with Hampshire in the Vitality Blast, and it was a successful stint too. And I hope to be able to continue with that trend in the ILT20.”
Head coach Flower hailed Vince's tactical nouse.
“I’ve known James a long time and I’m really looking forward to working with him again for the Gulf Giants," he said. "He is not only an outstanding top order player and brilliant fielder, but also one of the best tactical captains I’ve come across. He has experience winning trophies and playing T20 cricket around the world and he will undoubtedly have an impact for us in the new year.”
Vince has played 313 T20 games, scoring 8348 runs at an average of 30.46 and a strike rate of 134.06. He has represented England in 13 Tests, 22 ODIs and 17 T20Is.

Sunil Narine to lead Abu Dhabi Knight Riders

Sunil Narine has been appointed captain of Abu Dhabi Knight Riders for the inaugural season of the ILT20 in the UAE.
Narine, the Trinidadian cricketer who has played all his IPL cricket for the Knight Riders franchise, since 2012, is the eighth-highest wicket-taker in the IPL with 152 strikes in 147 bowling innings at a remarkable economy rate of 6.63.
"It's a new challenge, because now I have to think about the functioning of our whole team, rather than just focus on my game or my four overs,” Narine said in a statement released by the franchise. “It's something I'm really looking forward to. I have grown on Knight Riders, and Knight Riders have grown on me, so it's like a family. Everywhere they have a team, I love being a part of it.
“I have played a lot of cricket in the UAE, so I know the conditions pretty well. If you look at the ADKR squad, it is a familiar setup, and not a brand new XI that I have to get used to. So that gives me great confidence, knowing the strength of my players. There are a lot of senior guys in the team as well, who I can bounce ideas and information off. It's going to be a lot of fun, it has been a long journey with the Knight Riders family, and I hope it's a never-ending one."

Colin Munro to lead Desert Vipers

Colin Munro has been named captain of Desert Vipers for the inaugural season of the ILT20 in the UAE next year.
Tom Moody, the franchise’s director of cricket, said of Munro, the widely travelled T20 pro, “I think when you have someone who has played the volume of cricket in franchise cricket, around the world as long as Colin has done, you don’t get someone better qualified, because he has worked in more dressing rooms than probably I have, and most people have, over his journey as a player.
“He has seen many different leadership styles, seen the different trends the game has been taking over recent years, and has an intimate knowledge of players around the world in all different conditions. To me that adds up to a pretty powerful recipe for someone who is going to be making sound strategic decisions under pressure.”
Munro, who acknowledged that he didn’t have a lot of captaincy experience, said he intended to involve the senior members of the team in his decision-making: “I think I will be collaborative and will use everybody’s experience in the group. I think I will be trying to make sure everybody has an enjoyable month. It is a team with a lot of players who play franchise cricket and if we can have a really good month, on and off the field, it will go a long way to us playing good cricket."

Franchises complete their squads with four UAE sign-ups each

All the premier UAE cricketers, including CP Rizwan, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Waseem, Chirag Suri, and the hat-trick man from the recent T20 World Cup, Karthik Meiyappan, have been signed up by the ILT20 franchises to complete their line-ups for the inaugural season early next year.
Who has gone where
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders: Matiullah Khan, Fahad Nawaz, Sabir Ali, Zawar Farid
Desert Vipers: Rohan Mustafa, Sheraz Ahmad, Ali Naseer, Ronak Panoly
Dubai Capitals: Hazrat Luqman, Chirag Suri, Jash Ginyani, Raja Akif Ullah Khan
Gulf Giants: Aayan Khan, Sanchit Sharma, CP Rizwan, Ashwanth Valthapa
MI Emirates: Muhammad Waseem, Basil Hameed, Vriitya Aravind, Zahoor Khan
Sharjah Warriors: Karthik Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Junaid Siddique, Muhammad Jawadullah
Zahoor, incidentally, has been associated with Mumbai Indians, as a net bowler in 2020, while Suri was a part of the Gujarat Lions' line-up in IPL 2017.
Each team must compulsorily field at least two UAE players in their starting XIs for each game.
The ILT20 will run from January 13 to February 12, 2023.

Moeen to lead Sharjah Warriors; Farbrace named coach

Moeen Ali will lead Sharjah Warriors in the inaugural edition of the ILT20 that kicks off in Dubai on January 13. Former England assistant coach Paul Farbrace has been appointed as their coach for the first season.
Moeen will be joined by England team-mates Dawid Malan and Chris Woakes in the Warriors side, with the likes of Evin Lewis and Mohammad Nabi also in presence.
“It is a great honour and would be a pleasure to lead Sharjah Warriors,” said Moeen.“In this format, anybody can beat anybody, and it is important to keep evolving. With the team at our disposal, we can play aggressive yet sensible cricket and hopefully be in the mix towards the business end of the ILT20."
Moeen was most recently part of England's T20 World Cup-winning side in Australia.
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders will take on Dubai Capitals in the opening game of the ILT20, while the final will be held on February 12.

Desert Vipers pick Pakistan's Azam Khan

Desert Vipers, the franchise owned by Lancer Capital, have signed up 13 overseas players so far for the ILT20.
Squad so far: Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka), Sam Billings (England), Alex Hales (England), Colin Munro (New Zealand), Tom Curran (England), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Ruben Trumpelmann (Namibia), Saqib Mahmood (England), Sherfane Rutherford (West Indies), Ben Duckett (England), Benny Howell (England), Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies), Azam Khan (Pakistan)

Moeen Ali on Sharjah Warriors' roster

August 18, 2022: The list of Sharjah Warriors' internationals signings for the inaugural International League T20 include:
Moeen Ali (Eng), Dawid Malan (Eng), Evin Lewis (WI), Mohammad Nabi (Afg), Chris Woakes (Eng), Noor Ahmad (Afg), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afg), Naveen-ul-Haq (Afg), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Eng, uncapped), Chris Benjamin (Eng uncapped), Danny Briggs (Eng), Mark Deyal (WI, uncapped), Bilal Khan (Oman), JJ Smit (Namibia)

Dubai Capitals snap up Sikandar Raza

August 18, 2022: Here are the 14 overseas players signed by Dubai Capitals, the team owned by the GMR Group, for the inaugural International League T20:
Rovman Powell (West Indies), Dushmantha Chameera (Sri Lanka), Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan), Fabian Allen (West Indies), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Afghanistan), Sikandar Raza (Zimbabwe), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Dasun Shanaka (Sri Lanka), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka), Daniel Lawrence (England), Blessing Muzarabani (Zimbabwe), Isuru Udana (Sri Lanka), George Munsey (Scotland), Fred Klaassen (Netherlands)

Chris Lynn, Shimron Hetmyer join Gulf Giants

August 17, 2022: The Gulf Giants, the team owned by Adani Sportsline in the UAE's ILT20, has announced its roster of 14 overseas players:
Gulf Giants squad so far: Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies), Chris Jordan (England), Chris Lynn (Australia), Tom Banton (England), Dominic Drakes (West Indies), David Wiese (Namibia), Jamie Overton (England), Richard Gleeson (England), Rehan Ahmed (England), Wayne Madson (Italy), Liam Dawson (England), Ollie Pope (England), James Vince (England), Qais Ahmed (Afghanistan)

Russell, Narine are Knight Riders for Abu Dhabi

August 16, 2022: Abu Dhabi Knight Riders (ADKR), the KKR-owned team in the UAE's ILT20, has announced its roster of 14 overseas players:
ADKR squad so far: Sunil Narine,(West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Jonny Bairstow (England), Paul Stirling (Ireland), Lahiru Kumara (Sri Lanka), Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka), Colin Ingram (South Africa) Akeal Hosein (West Indies) Seekkuge Prasanna (Sri Lanka), Ravi Rampaul (West Indies) Raymon Reifer (West Indies) Kennar Lewis (West Indies), Ali Khan (USA), Brandon Glover (Netherlands)

MI Emirates names 14 direct signings

August 12, 2022: MI Emirates, the Mumbai Indians-owned team in the UAE's ILT20, has announced its roster of non-UAE [overseas] players:
  • Kieron Pollard (WI)
  • Dwayne Bravo (WI)
  • Nicholas Pooran (WI)
  • Andre Fletcher (WI)
  • Trent Boult (NZ)
  • Imran Tahir (SA)
  • Najibullah Zadran (Afg)
  • Zahir Khan (Afg)
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi (Afg)
  • Samit Patel (Eng)
  • Will Smeed (Eng)
  • Jordan Thompson (Eng)
  • Brad Wheal (Sco)
  • Bas de Leede (Neth)

Pollard, Bravo in second set of big-name signings

August 11: Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Nicholas Pooran are the latest big names from the Caribbean to sign up for the UAE's International League T20 (ILT20), along with Sri Lanka's Dasun Shanaka, England's Ollie Pope and Afghanistan's Fazalhaq Farooqi. More here.

Cricket Australia could block Lynn's ILT20 deal

August 9, 2022: Cricket Australia could stand in the way of Chris Lynn's participation in the ILT20, with the challenge the BBL faces in recruiting overseas talent being laid bare. More here.

Russell, Moeen, Hasaranga among big-ticket sign-ons

August 8, 2022: Andre Russell, Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga, Alex Hales, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Jordan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman lead the big-name signings for the inaugural International League T20. No cricketers from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan feature in the league's plans at this stage, while Chris Lynn is the only Australian in the mix. More here.

Concern over idea of nine overseas players per XI

Aug 5, 2022: The potential presence of nine overseas players per team in the UAE-based ILT20 has ruffled the feathers of several Full Members, who fear it has the potential to disrupt global cricket's ecosystem. More here.

Warner unlikely to feature in inaugural ILT20

August 4, 2022: Negotiations ongoing to have David Warner play in Australia's Big Bash League - which overlaps with the UAE league - for the first time since 2013. Warner, who is contracted to Cricket Australia but doesn't hold a BBL deal, is set to be available to play franchise cricket in January 2023 after Australia's three-match ODI series with South Africa was cancelled, and there was significant interest for him to play in the UAE, particularly given his IPL franchise Delhi Capitals own the Dubai Capitals franchise as well. But ESPNcricinfo understands that a potential deal to sign Warner to the ILT20 is almost certainly off. More here.

$450,000 contract for top players

July 28, 2022: The UAE-based International League T20 is set to offer top players a whopping USD 450,000 per season, making it the second-most lucrative T20 league for some players outside of the IPL. More here.

Andy Flower named head coach of Gulf Giants

July 12, 2022: The Adani Group-owned team in the International League T20 has been named Gulf Giants, and will be coached by Andy Flower.
The tournament has a number of high-profile team owners. Apart from the Adani Group, Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited (a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, the owners of Mumbai Indians), GMR Group (co-owners of Delhi Capitals), the Knight Riders (Kolkata and Trinbago) franchise owners, Capri Global (a non-banking financial company based in India) and Lancer Capital (owners of Manchester United Football Club) all own teams. More here.

UAE T20 league dates announced

June 6, 2022: The inaugural edition of the UAE T20 League, formally christened International League T20 [ILT20], will take place between January 6 and February 12, 2023. That means a likely clash of dates with Australia's Big Bash League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and South Africa's new T20 league. The eighth edition of the Pakistan Super League is also tentatively scheduled to start just days after the ILT20's finish. More here.
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