The first four matches in the ILT20 League were pretty one-sided, and fans were waiting to witness some more competitive cricket. Day 4 of the DP World T20 League certainly produced such an encounter. Read the blog till the end to learn about the game’s details and its impact on players’ value in the tournament.
Match 5: Dubai Capitals vs. Gulf Giants
Gulf Giants 183 for 4 (Vince 83, Rehan 28 & 3/28 (↑23%)) beat Dubai Capitals 182 for 8 Uthappa 79 (↑39%), Raza 30 (↑10%)) by 6 wickets.
The Gulf Giants won the toss and opted to chase in match 5 of the ILT20 League. Robin Uthappa (↑39%) was off to a flyer as Joe Root was struggling at the other end. In their 71-run partnership, Root scored just 6. Uthappa (↑39%) continued his counterattack after Root’s departure before eventually getting dismissed for 79. When he got out, the Capitals were placed handsomely at 114 for 2 in 12 overs.
After Uthappa’s dismissal, the Dubai side failed to carry the momentum and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sikandar Raza(↑23%) provided some stability with a 19-ball 30. The Capitals ended with 182 runs on the board, which looked like a competitive total.
The Giants wasted no time in taking the aggressive route. The teenager Rehan Ahmed came out with all guns blazing and raced off to 28 runs in just 17 balls. Mujeeb ur Rahman bowled a double wicket maiden to end the powerplay, and the Gulf Giants team was right back in the game.
Gerhard Erasmus then arrived at the crease to join James Vince. Both the guys batted with supreme authority and slowly took the game away from the Dubai Capitals. The duo stayed together for 59 deliveries and accumulated 107 runs. When Erasmus was dismissed for 52(28), the Giants needed just 33 runs in 26 deliveries.
James Vince batted through to make sure that there was no drama at the end of the innings. He stayed unbeaten on 83, and the Gulf Giants secured their second win in as many matches to get to the top of the points table.
Robin Uthappa(↑39%) played an exciting innings of 79 runs in just 46 balls. He smashed 10 boundaries and a couple of sixes during his stay. The innings came at a strike rate of 171.74 and gave him 48.4 SportiScores, which were highest on day 4. But, he still ended up on the losing side as James Vince’s masterclass of 83*(56) won the game for the Gulf Giants. His innings comprised 7 fours and 3 sixes. At a strike rate of 148.21, this knock helped him to get 46 SportiScores.
Gerhard Erasmus was another guy who impressed with the bat and plundered a 28-ball 52. His breezy cameo included 5 boundaries and 2 maximums. Erasmus batted at a strike rate of 185.7 and earned 34 SPQs. Rehan Ahmed(↑23%) starred with both bat and ball to secure 32.7 SPQs on day 4. After picking up 3 wickets for just 28 runs, the youngster scored 28 runs in only 17 deliveries.
Let’s see the performances and SportiScores earned by the top players on day 4 in the ILT20 League:
|Rehan Ahmed||28(17) & 3/28||32.7|
|Rovman Powell||38(25) & 1/17||22.5|
|Sikandar Raza||30(19) & 0/33||21.5|
|Mujeeb ur Rahman||2/36||-2|
|David Wiese||7(6) & 1/29||-2.5|
If you have bought the Player Counters for Robin Uthappa (↑39%), then you must be delighted as his value went up by 39%. Rehan Ahmed(↑23%) also had a pretty good day, and it led to his price being raised by 23%. At the same time, an ordinary outing for David Wiese(↓13%), Mujeeb ur Rahman(↓13%), and Shimron Hetmyer(↓13%) saw their prices dropping down by 13%.
Let’s take a look at the price fluctuations of the players after the 5th game of the season:
|Player||SportiScores||16 Jan Price||17 Jan Price||% Change||Cumulative SPQs Earned|
|Mujeeb ur Rahman||-2||117.10||104.60||-13%||20.6|