<span style=”font-weight: 400″>Abu Dhabi Knight Riders’ miserable tournament keeps getting worse with each game. On Friday, they faced MI Emirates in Abu Dhabi in the hope of winning their first game of the season. But another defeat was waiting for them as MI Emirates beat them with ease. Let’s take a look at the impact of this game on the players’ market on Sportiqo.</span>
Abu Dhabi Knight Riders’ miserable tournament keeps getting worse with each game. On Friday, they faced MI Emirates in Abu Dhabi in the hope of winning their first game of the season. But another defeat was waiting for them as MI Emirates beat them with ease. Let’s take a look at the impact of this game on the players’ market on Sportiqo.
Match 26: Abu Dhabi Knight Riders vs. MI Emirates
MI Emirates 180 for 4 (Pollard 43(↑17%), Bravo 3/37(↑7%)) beat Abu Dhabi Knight Riders 162 all out (Russell 42(↑13%), Narine 1/33(↓3%)) by 18 runs.
Following the trend, MI Emirates won the toss and decided to go for the chase. Andre Fletcher(↓30%) played another slow innings of 22(25) as the ADKR lost their first wicket at the score of 35 after 6.4 overs. Mohammad Waseem and Lorcan Tucker tilted the game with a stunning 87-run partnership in 50 balls. The former scored 60 off 43, while the latter was retired hurt on 33(23).
Nicholas Pooran scored just 10 runs in as many balls before the skipper Kieron Pollard(↑17%) arrived at the crease. He continued his terrific run of form with a 17-ball 43. His blitz towards the end helped the Emirates to get to 180 for 4 in 20 overs.
In response, we saw a see-saw battle in the powerplay. Paul Stirling(↓41%) was dismissed for a duck in the first over by Trent Boult(↓24%). Then, Brandon King fell for a quick 20 to leave his side at 25 for 2. The Knight Riders finished the powerplay at 50 for 2. Soon, they lost another wicket which brought Andre Russell(↑13%) into the middle. He smashed 42 runs in only 22 balls to change the complexion of the chase.
When Russell got out, the target was 67 runs in 43 deliveries. The target was well in range but the chasing unit couldn’t keep the momentum going and lost wickets regularly. They were eventually bowled out for 162 runs to lose yet another game. Dwayne Bravo(↑7%) got 3 wickets while Imran Tahir(↓8%) snaffled a couple of them. With this win, MI Emirates are also through to the playoffs.
Kieron Pollard(↑17%) was our most valuable player on Friday with 54.5 SportiScore points. He smashed 4 boundaries and 3 sixes in only 17 balls to score 43 runs. Andre Russell(↑13%) didn’t have a great day with the ball, as he went for 35 runs without picking up a wicket. But he was in top form with the bat as he smashed 42 runs in only 22 balls. His innings included 5 boundaries and 2 maximums. Consequently, he was awarded 20.3 SportiScores.
Here are the performances and SportiScores earned by all the top players on day 22 of the ILT20 League:
Player Performance SportiScores Earned
Kieron Pollard 43(17) 54.5
Andre Russell 42(22) & 0/35 20.3
Dwayne Bravo 3/37 16
Sunil Narine 11(6) & 1/33 8.9
Imran Tahir 2/20 3.6
Trent Boult 1/34 -3.5
Andre Fletcher 22(25) -4
Paul Stirling 0(2) -7
Pollard’s stunning knock added 44.8 SPQs to his price. He is the most expensive player in the league, with a current price of 305.8 SPQs. Andre Russell(↑13%) also got a massive increase of 41.75 SPQs. Another slow innings by Andre Fletcher(↓30%) saw his value decline by 13.8 SPQs. Also, Paul Stirling’s(↓41%) two-ball duck resulted in a price drop of 16.6 SPQs for him.
Let’s see the major price changes in the players’ value after the 26th match of the competition:
Player SportiScores 03 Feb Price 04 Feb Price % Change Cumulative SPQs Earned
Kieron Pollard 54.5 261 305.8 17% 296.1
Andre Russell 20.3 62.05 70.25 13% 60.75
Dwayne Bravo 16 92.5 98.9 7% 89.8
Sunil Narine 8.9 91.75 89.15 -3% 77.65
Imran Tahir 3.6 73.8 67.6 -8% 57.8
Trent Boult -3.5 52.3 39.5 -24% 30.2
Andre Fletcher -4 45.5 31.7 -30% 21.9
Paul Stirling -7 40.4 23.7 -41% 14