Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Stadium Betting Guide

Sheikh Zayed Stadium Betting Guide
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Chief Editor, Shane Hand

Updated 22/10/2021

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Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host 15 matches in the T20 World Cup – including the first semi-final. If you want to make the most of cricket online betting during this exciting tournament, it pays to do your research beforehand.

Luckily, you are now in the right place to find out everything you need to know about this unique ground – including the teams and players who tend to do well here.


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Are there betting tricks for Sheikh Zayed Stadium for T20Is?

To make accurate free cricketing betting tips, it’s important to know what has happened in similar situations in the past. That means understanding the teams who are playing, but also knowing about the stadium where they will meet.

There have been 48 T20Is played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium before the 2021 T20 World Cup. The team bowling first has won 52% of them.

That might not sound like a big difference, but it is worth remembering this stat. If the team bowling first is the outsider, the opportunity to back them to win might be too good to miss!

Of course, to find a good bet, you will need more information than that. Remember, for every T20 World Cup match, we will also have all of the important stats about the teams and players right here.

Predictions for Games at Sheikh Zayed Stadium

Here, you will find the latest predictions for cricket games played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. You can bet online at all the sites listed in the articles too!

History of Sheikh Zayed Stadium

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi opened in 2004 and it has been hosting first-class cricket ever since – starting with an Intercontinental Cup game between Scotland and Kenya later that same year.

The ground’s first ever ODI series saw India draw 1-1 with Pakistan in 2006. The first T20I to be played here was in 2010, when Afghanistan beat Scotland.

It has also been the venue for 15 Test matches. Unable to play Test cricket in their own country, Pakistan were the home side in 13 of those games. Afghanistan were hosts in the other two.

Stadium characteristics

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has a big playing surface and can hold up to 20,000 people. It has large stands at the North End and the Pavilion End, with grassy banks for spectators square of the wicket.

Thanks to its world-class floodlights, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium can host day-night cricket. In fact, seven of the 15 T20I World Cup matches here – including the semi-final – will be day-night games.

Because of the open spaces around the ground, there is often a breeze blowing through it. This tends to mean dew is not as much of a problem as it can be at other stadiums.

Games hosted at Sheikh Zayed Stadium

Pakistan (nine T20Is) and Afghanistan (10 T20Is) have often used this ground when they have been unable to host visiting teams in their own country. Oman (12 T20Is) have played here more than any other international team, but Ireland (9 T20Is) have also been regular visitors.

Away from international cricket, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium was used for seven matches in the 2014 IPL when India was holding political elections and didn’t want the IPL to be a distraction. Within those seven games, both Delhi Daredevils (84) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (70) managed to be bowled out for under 100.

It also hosted 22 matches in the 2020 IPL, when the tournament was moved outside India because of Covid-19. Again because of Covid, the Sheikh Zayed was the venue for eight matches in the 2021 IPL that has just finished.

Those 2021 fixtures were generally high scoring, although Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for 92 in Virat Kohli’s 200th appearance for them. Meanwhile, Ruturaj Gaikwad scored a century for Chennai Super Kings here, but they still lost to Rajasthan Royals.

Games played in Sheikh Zayed Stadium at the T20 World Cup 2021

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium has been chosen as a venue for all three stages of this year’s T20 World Cup. It is hosting four games in the First Round, 10 games in the Super 12, then a semi-final in the knockout stage.

Date Game
Mon, Oct 18 Ireland v Netherlands
Mon, Oct 18 Sri Lanka v Namibia
Wed, Oct 20 Namibia v Netherlands
Wed, Oct 20 Sri Lanka v Ireland
Sat, Oct 23 Australia v South Africa
Wed, Oct 27 England vs Bangladesh
Wed, Oct 27 Scotland vs Namibia
Sun, Oct 31 Afghanistan vs Namibia
Tue, Nov 2 South Africa vs Bangladesh
Tue, Nov 2 Pakistan vs Namibia
Wed, Nov 3 India v Afghanistan
Thu, Nov 4 West Indies vs Sri Lanka
Sat, Nov 6 Australia v West Indies
Sun, Nov 7 New Zealand v Afghanistan
Wed, Nov 10 1st Semi-final

T20I records at Sheikh Zayed Stadium

It’s time to review some of Sheikh Zayed Stadium’s top moments of T20I cricket. You’ll find important statistics on the most appearances and best win rates, the highest totals, and the best bowlers and batsmen to grace Abu Dhabi.

Most appearances and best win rates

Since 2010, Sheikh Zayed Stadium has hosted 48 matches, all of which have ended in a positive result. Pakistan have won six of the nine T20Is they have played here (66% win rate).

Afghanistan have the best record of teams that have played here more than three times. They have won 8/10 matches (80%). Ireland have a winning record from their nine appearances (56%) and so do the Netherlands from four appearances (75%).

Oman are also in the First Round of the T20 World Cup. They have won half and lost half of their 12 games here. Scotland are another team with an even record, triumphing in 2/4 previous matches in Abu Dhabi.

Just remember that all of these teams – except Pakistan – have often been playing weaker opposition than they will face at the T20 World Cup.

Highest Totals

Only one team has scored more than 200 in a T20I at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Ireland amassed 225/7 against Afghanistan in 2013 – thanks to 76 from Paul Stirling. More on him later…

Afghanistan are the only other team to have reached 190 batting first. They managed 198/5 and 193/5 in a series with Zimbabwe earlier this year.

Ireland also made the lowest first-innings score in a T20I here. They managed just 134/8 against the UAE in 2016.

Top Batsmen

Ireland’s Paul Stirling enjoys playing in the UAE. He is the top runscorer in T20Is in Dubai and also here in Abu Dhabi. He has made 315 runs from nine appearances at Sheikh Zayed Stadium at an average of 35.

Afghanistan’s Najibullah Zadran is another man to watch. He averages 55 from six innings here, with an excellent strike rate of 151.

There has only been one century scored in T20Is in Abu Dhabi. UAE’s Shaiman Anwar made 117* against Papua New Guinea in 2017.

Top Bowlers

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan is one of the best spinners in the world. He also has one of the best records of all bowlers at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, taking 10 wickets in five matches at an average of 11.

Oman’s Bilal Khan is the leading wicket-taker in Abu Dhabi. The left-arm paceman has 19 victims from 12 appearances here at an average of 15.

No bowler has taken 5 wickets in a T20I match in Abu Dhabi.