10th Feb, 2024

MIEvDC Report: A tough outing, but MI Emirates confirmed as points table toppers

By MI Emirates Media

A tale of spin. First our spinners completely strangled the Dubai Capitals’ batting after they got off to a flier, and then their spinners did the same to us. It might not be the perfect end to our campaign, but with the other teams’ results coming in as well, it’s the perfect place to finish at after the league stage – AS TABLE TOPPERS!!

Yep, we are the toppers

With six wins in ten games and a net run-rate of +1.469 to go with it, we have booked a spot for the first Qualifier with the Gulf Giants. There aren’t many better ways of spending your Valentine’s Day. 

Okay, so where did this game go wrong?

In the batting, you’d think, because 148, on most days is a total we would have backed our boys to chase down with ease. Sadly, today wasn’t one of those days. We started off well, in fact, getting to 50/1 inside the fifth over. But Haider Ali, with a spell of 3/16, along with the mystery of Zahir Khan and the control of Sikandar Raza, triggered a mini collapse, and the batting just couldn’t get going from there, succumbing to a 19-run defeat. 

Our spinner claw back in style 

Tom Banton and Max Holden got the Dubai Capitals off to 88 in nine overs. But once Waqar Salamkheil trapped Holden for 51, Vijayakahnth Viyaskanth and Dan Mousley too sprang into action, drying up the runs, picking up regular wickets, and bundling the Capitals out for 147. 

Right then, the stage is set. The date is set. The occasion is set. We’re officially into the business end, and our exploits in the league stage now means that we have an extra chance of making it to the final. But we’re going to try our absolute best to seal it come Wednesday (February 14). We know to play the big stage, and we know how to get back on the winning horse come the playoffs.. 

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