ILT20, 2023- Three players to watch out for in Gulf Giants vs Desert Vipers, final

Gulf Giants set to take on Desert Vipers in the finals of inaugural season of ILT20 on February 12 at Dubai International Stadium

Rohit Kumar
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Desert Vipers vs Gulf Giants

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The International League T20 (ILT20) is in its business end as Gulf Giants are set to take on Desert Vipers in the finale on February 12 at Dubai International Stadium. In Qualifier 2, the Giants beat MI Emirates by four wickets to book their spot into the finals. Giants captain James Vince continued his red-hot form and led the team against Emirates with a half-century.

Chasing 168 runs, Giants started well as opener Vince and Chris Lynn added 64 runs for the first wicket before DJ Bravo dismissed Lynn at the score of 24. After the first wicket, Giants failed to hold their nerves and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. However, captain Vince stood at the end and took the team to the winning side.

Giants will be playing against Desert Vipers in the finals on February 12. In their last encounter in Qualifier 1, the Vipers hammered the Giants and won the match by 19 runs. Giants will be looming to take revenge and win the most important game of the tournament. Although, the result of this match will depend upon the performance of some players. These are players who can decide the winner of the inaugural season of ILT20.

Alex Hales (Desert Vipers)

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The English batter Alex Hales is the leading run-getter of the tournament. He has scored 468 runs at an average of 52 in 11 matches. He has been phenomenal throughout the season with the bat as he is scoring runs at the strike rate of 152.44. The Vipers’ opener smashed four consecutive 50+ scores at the beginning of the tournament. He has scored 128 runs against the Giants at an average of 42.66 in three matches and he will be key for the Vipers in the batting.

David Wiese (Gulf Giants)

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The veteran South Africa bowler David Wiese is one of the leading wicket-takers of the tournament. Playing for the Giants, Wiese has taken 18 wickets in 10 matches at a bowling average of 12.83. He is just behind his teammate, Chris Jordan, in the list of top wicket-takers of the tournament. In the do-or-die match against MI Emirates in Qualifier 2, Wiese took two important wickets and contributed to the victory of the Giants. His five-wicket haul against Sharjah Warriors knocked out warriors from the tournament. The Giants will hope Wiese to continues his form in the finals of ILT20 too.

Tom Curran (Desert Vipers)

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Unlike the other two, the English allrounder Tom Curran is performing in the last and the most important stage of the tournament. The 27-year-old allrounder has performed for Desert Vipers in crunch situations. He has been phenomenal with the bowl as he has taken 11 wickets, including a 4-for against Gulf Giants in Qualifier 1. He has scored 71 runs including an unbeaten 42 against the Giants in the last two games. Curran will be looking to perform with the bat again and take his team to the winning side.

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