Updated ranking after Match 1 between Dubai Capitals and Abu Dhabi Knight Riders

The Dubai Capitals defeated the Abu Dhabi Knight Riders in the International League (ILT20) 2023 No. 1 match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday 13 January by 73 runs. With the win, the Capitals climbed to the top of the points table with a net run rate of 3.65.

The Knights, meanwhile, have plenty to do in their upcoming ILT20 games. Not only do they need to open their accounts, but they also need to improve their net run rate, which currently stands at -3.65.


Capitals beat Knight Riders in ILT20 opening game

After being used to bat first, the Capitals posted a decent score of 187/6 on the board. Robin Uthappa and Joe Root set the stage with a 35-run streak for the opening wicket. After 12 overs, the Capitals found themselves in trouble with a score of 84 for three.

While Root scored 26 with two fours and as many sixes, Uthappa raced to a 33-ball knock of 43 with three fours and two sixes. Bhanuka Rajapaksa flattered himself to deceive, but skipper Rovman Powell used the long hold to good effect and scored 48/29 with three fours and as many sixes.

Sikandar Raza, who recently played for the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), hit a four and two sixes with his 17-ball 26. In the end, Ravi Bopara and Isuru Udana played deft cameos to push their team’s score past the 180-run mark.

The Knight Riders got off to a shaky start as Colin Ingram didn’t bother the scorers much. Brandon King soon bit the dust. Zawar Farid was also finding it difficult before Powell unleashed a false shot from him. Paul Stirling, meanwhile, was mustering his 36-ball half century.

However, he couldn’t continue and folded after scoring 54 of 38 with five fours and two sixes. The Knights lost half their crew after Raza sent back Narine, who was trying to go downtown. After Russell dropped out, the Knights had the writing on the wall in their first ILT20 match.

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