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Dubai Capitals keep playoff chances alive with MI Emirates win

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A much-changed MI side saw their total comfortably overhauled by Dasun Shanaka and Sikander Raza


Dubai: MI Emirates 164-7, Dubai Capitals 166-3 – Dubai Capitals win by seven wickets


Delhi Capitals earned a crucial win in their final group game to put themselves in pole position to make the ILT20 playoffs as the fourth-placed team.

They eased past MI Emirates by seven wickets to pick up a fourth victory in 10 games, taking them to nine points.

The win means that Sharjah Warriors will have to beat Gulf Giants on Monday to usurp Capitals courtesy of net run rate; Capitals’ is currently marginally superior by 0.013.

A win for Gulf Giants would give them top spot in the round-robin phase, so they too have plenty to play for.

Capitals are in this position thanks to a fine partnership between Dasun Shanaka (58*) and Sikander Raza (56*), which steered Dubai from strife at 44 for 3 to 166 for 3 and the winning line, with 11 balls to spare.


A much-changed MI Emirates side was comfortably beaten (Karim Sahib/AFP via Getty Images)

The pair struck seven sixes between them after a Zahir Khan double-wicket maiden had seen the back of George Munsey and Rovman Powell, which looked to have put MI on top, only for the experienced allrounders to take charge.

Earlier, Emirates had limped to 164 for 7; stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran top-scored with 43 in the absence of the in-form Kieron Pollard, but otherwise the much-changed line-up struggled to get going.

Dan Mousley made 35 off 39 balls and failed to hit a boundary, while Muhammad Waseem’s 31 used up 24 deliveries. Ireland wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker made 21. It took an eight-ball 16 from Jordan Thompson to add some late impetus as Jake Ball (3-37), Adam Zampa (2-24) and Raza (1-29) shared six wickets.

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