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9th October 2020

Grounds and numbers

With increasing coronavirus cases in India, the BCCI decided to shift this year’s edition of the Indian T20 league to the United Arab Emirates. Three venues - Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, are playing host to the 60 games from September 19 to November 10.

We take a detailed look at the three venues. 

*All stats updated till Oct 3rd, 2020 

*All T20I and T20 matches have been included

Dubai International Stadium, Dubai 

The first-ever game at the venue was an ODI clash between Pakistan and Australia, which the former won. The venue last hosted a Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in 2018. It has also hosted two D/N Tests; Pakistan vs West Indies and Pakistan vs Sri Lanka. 

Highest T20 Team Total - 211/3 - Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2013 

Lowest Team Total - 59/10 - Qalandars vs Zalmi, 2017 

Highest Total Chased - 203/8 - Gladiators vs Qalandars, 2016

Highest Score by an Individual - 132* in 69 balls by KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab vs Bangalore), 2020 

Best bowling figures in an innings - 6 for 24 by Umar Gul (Sultans vs Gladiators), 2018

Most runs conceded in an innings by a bowler - 57/0 by Anwar Ali (Gladiators vs Qalandars), 2016

Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

This is the oldest cricket stadium in the UAE and was established way back in 1982. The ground can accommodate 17000 people, and has hosted a number of memorable games over the last few years. The first ever ODI that was played here was in 1984, when Sri Lanka took on Pakistan, while the first Test match was in 2002 between West Indies and Pakistan. It is one of the smallest grounds in the UAE, and we have seen a number of big scores over the years in T20s. 

Highest T20 Team Total - 244/6 - Legends vs Kabul Zwanan, 2018

Lowest Team Total - 56/10 - Kenya vs Afghanistan, 2013

Highest Total Chased - 226/6 - Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, 2020

Highest Score by an Individual - 127* in 59 balls by Colin Ingram (Karachi Kings vs Quetta Gladiators), 2019

Best bowling figures in an innings - 6 for 16 by Ravi Bopara (Karachi Kings vs Qalandars), 2016

Most runs conceded in an innings by a bowler - 57/0 by Isuru Udana (Panthers vs Kabul Zwanan), 2018

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium was established in 2004, and cost USD 23 million to build. The first FC match here was held between Scotland and Kenya in November 2004. The most memorable game here has been the Friendship Series that was held between India and Pakistan after a massive earthquake in Pakistan. The series had raised nearly USD 10 million for the earthquake victims. The stadium is also often used as the home ground of the Oman Football Team. 

Highest T20 Team Total - 225/7 - Balkh Legends vs Kabul Zwanan, 2018

Lowest Team Total - 66/9 - Nigeria vs Ireland, 2019

Highest Total Chased - 206/4 - Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai, 2014

Highest Score by an Individual - 127* in 69 balls by William Porterfield (Ireland vs USA), 2013

Best bowling figures in an innings - 6 for 22 by Aftab Ahmed (Denmark vs PNG), 2012

Most runs conceded in an innings by a bowler - 52/1 by Dawlat Zadran (Afghanistan vs Ireland), 2013

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