Spain takes on Gibraltar in the third match of the Iberia Cup 2019. The Spanish side secured a dominant 8-wicket victory over Portugal in their opening match and would look to make it two in two when they take the field against Gibraltar. On the other hand, this is the second-ever T20I for Gibraltar, who will be making their T20I debut against Portugal in the morning fixture. Spain starts the game as the favorites but Gibraltar too are expected to be no pushovers.
Iberia Cup 2019
Spain vs Gibraltar
26th October 2019
3:45 PM IST
La Manga Club Bottom Ground, Murcia
Sunny conditions are expected with no chances of rain and temperature ranging around 14 degrees Celsius expected during the game.
The surface will be on the slower side considering the game is going to be played on a used track and hence spinners are poised to have a huge say on the eventual result of the game.
No major injury concerns reported.
Probable Playing XI:
Faran Afzal and Paul Hennessy will hold the key at the top and will be relied upon to provide a solid start whilst the likes of Ravi Panchal and Awais Ahmed are adept at providing the required thrust in the business end of the inning. Raja Adeel Iqbal bagged a wicket and just gave away a meager eight runs from his four overs against Portugal and is a crucial bowler for Spain.
Faran Afzal, Paul Hennessy, Yasir Ali, Ravi Panchal, Awais Ahmed (WK), Kuldeep Lal, Christian Muñoz Mills (C), Mucktair Singh, Atif Mehmood, Raja Adeel Iqbal, Tom Vine
Matthew Hunter captains the side and will be expected to lead by example in all facets of the game. Balaji Pai is a valuable asset with both bat and bowl whilst the likes of Mark Garrat, Adam Orfila and Richard Hatchman should be among the wickets in this match.
Matthew Hunter (C), Balaji Pai, Mark Bacarese, Chris Delany, James Fitzgerald, Julian Freyone, Luke Collado (WK), Richard Hatchman, Adam Orfila, Kenroy Nestor, Mark Garratt.
Faran Afzal is a mandatory pick considering he opens the batting and bowls his full quota of four overs. In the previous fixture, he didn’t register a notable total with the willow in hand but made a telling difference with the bowl by picking up two scalps and had pretty economical figures. Paul Hennessey appeared in bright touch in his 30-ball 38 and should notch a big score in this match. For Gibraltar, Balaji Pai would be a great addition to the Dream11 Team due to his dual expertise along with Julian Freyone and Richard Hatchman, who too are key players for their side.
1: Faran Afzal
2: Balaji Pai
3: Paul Hennessey
L Collado, Points: 34-36, Grade: B
C Delaney, Points: 44-46, Grade: A
J Freyone, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
Y Ali, Points: 40-42, Grade: A
B Pal, Points: 76-78, Grade: A
F Afzal, Points: 80-82, Grade: A
R Panchal, Points: 66-68, Grade: A
P Hennessey, Points: 74-76, Grade: A
R Hatchman, Points: 54-56, Grade: A
R Adeel, Points: 52-54, Grade: A
T Vine, Points: 48-50, Grade: A