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Iberia Cup, 2019: Match 5, Portugal vs Gibraltar: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Balaji Pai scored a fifty and picked up a couple of wickets on his T20I debut.

Portugal Cricket. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Match Details:

The 5th game of the Iberia Cup 2019 will be played between Spain and Gibraltar at La Manga Club Bottom Ground.

The match starts at 10:00 AM local time (9:00 AM GMT) (2:30 PM IST).

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This series can be viewed on the Fan code app in India and European Cricket Network channel on YouTube.

Preview:

Gibraltar had a tough start to their T20I career as they registered big losses in their first two games played on Saturday. In their first game, Gibraltar posted 113/6 in their 20 overs which the Portugal team chased down with 9 balls and six wickets to spare. In the next match, Gibraltar was on the slower side as they made only 98/6 which was chased down by Spain in only 15 overs. They will now take on the Portuguese team in the first of the two matches to be played on Sunday.


Weather Condition/Report:

There will be cloud cover over the La Manga Club on Sunday morning but it is unlikely to cause a pour down.

Pitch Condition/Report:

A new track is expected for the last day of this 3-day tournament. It will be two-paced in nature but is expected to get better as the match progresses. The chasing team is expected to dominate this fixture.

Average first innings score: 124 (T20I matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 4, Lost – 2

Team News:

(Will be updated when there is an update)


Probable Playing XIs:

Portugal:

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.

Gibraltar:

Matthew Hunter (C), Balaji Pai, Mark Bacarese, Chris Delany, James Fitzgerald, Julian Freyone, Luke Collado (WK), Richard Hatchman, Edmund Packard, Kenroy Nestor, Mark Garratt.

Bench – Tim Caruana, Nikhil Advani, Adam Orfila.


Top Picks:

Balaji Pai had a near-perfect T20I debut where he scored a fifty and picked up a couple of wickets. He would be looking to replicate such performance against Portugal once again. Najjam Shahzad has scores of 46 and 27* in two innings he batted and claimed two wickets. Tariq Aziz picked up six wickets including a 3-fer and also scored 27 runs.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – Tariq Aziz, Najjam Shahzad, 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, Md Fakhrul Hussain, Zohaib Sarwar

All-Rounders – Matthew Hunter, Balaji Pai (VC), Tariq Aziz (C), Paulo Buccimazza

Bowlers – Edmund Packard, Najjam Shahzad, Amer Ikram

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – Francoise Stoman

Batters – Chris Delany, Imran Khan, Zohaib Sarwar

All-Rounders – Matthew Hunter, Balaji Pai (C), Tariq Aziz (VC), Mark Bacarese

Bowlers – Edmund Packard, Najjam Shahzad, Amer Ikram


Expert Advice:

Gibraltar made only one change after losing to Portugal. They brought in Caruana for Garratt against Spain. Caruana neither batted nor bowled in the match and is expected to make way for Garratt.

Probable Winners:

Gibraltar is expected to register their first win in this format.

*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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