The 2nd game of the Iberia Cup 2019 will be played between Spain and Gibraltar at La Manga Club Bottom Ground.
The match starts at 7:45 AM local time (6:45 AM GMT) (12:15 PM IST).
This series can be viewed on the Fan code app in India and European Cricket Network channel on YouTube.
The 2019 Iberia Cup gives an opportunity for Gibraltar to make their debut in T20I cricket. Their maiden game in this format will be against Portugal who made their respective debut less than 24 hours before them. Gibraltar’s historic moment with occur at an unusual timing of 7:45 AM. The early start is to fit three matches on the same day before the sunset. Portugal suffered an 8-wicket defeat on Friday to Spain where they posted 87/7 in their 20 overs after losing two wickets in first two balls.
Despite an early morning start at the La Manga Club, we might not face any obstruction from the weather.
This game will start as early as 7:45 AM local time and hence there could be something for the pacers on a fresh surface. The best batting conditions on Saturday could be seen during this game only. Once the first hour passes, there could be a lot of runs scored.
Average first innings score: 130 (T20I matches)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 2, Lost – 1
(Will be updated when there is an update)
Probable Playing XIs:
Tariq Aziz, Arslan Ahmed, Zohaib Sarwar, Amer Ikram, Mian Mehmood, Paulo Buccimazza (C), Najjam Shahzad, Francoise Stoman (WK), Imran Khan, Syed Ali Naqi, Md Fakhrul Hussain.
Bench – Davinder Singh, M Sajjad Yousef, Assad Mehmood, Sukhwinder Singh.
Matthew Hunter (C), Balaji Pai, Mark Bacarese, Chris Delany, James Fitzgerald, Julian Freyone, Luke Collado (WK), Richard Hatchman, Adam Orfila, Kenroy Nestor, Mark Garratt.
Bench – Tim Caruana, Nikhil Advani, Edmund Packard.
Balaji Pai scored 183 runs from six innings at an average of 45.75 during the last year’s T20 CWC Europe Region Qualifier C. His success wasn’t limited to batting as he was Gibraltar’s leading wicket-taker of that competition with 8 wickets at a strike rate of 9.7. Tariq Aziz, the 45-year-old, took two wickets after getting run out on the first ball of the match. Mark Bacarese has scored four fifties and took 27 wickets from 46 matches for Gibraltar across all format.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Tariq Aziz, Arslan Ahmed, Balaji Pai, Matthew Hunter
Vice-Captain Options – Paulo Buccimazza, Zohaib Sarwar, Mark Bacarese, Chris Delany
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper –Francoise Stoman
Batters – Chris Delany, Arslan Ahmed, Zohaib Sarwar
All-Rounders – Matthew Hunter, Balaji Pai (VC), Tariq Aziz (C)
Bowlers – Mark Garratt, Richard Hatchman, Najjam Shahzad, Amer Ikram
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper –Luke Collado
Batters – Chris Delany, Arslan Ahmed (VC), Zohaib Sarwar
All-Rounders – Matthew Hunter (C), Balaji Pai, Mark Bacarese, Paulo Buccimazza
Bowlers – Richard Hatchman, Najjam Shahzad, Mian Mehmood
Most of the Gibraltar players have got decent records with both bat and ball. A couple of them in the bowlers’ category average 20+ with the bat in the domestic circuit and a few from batsmen’s category take a wicket every 2 overs they bowl on an average. Hence, they could be given preference while selecting multipliers.
Gibraltar could start their T20I career with a win.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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