BUL vs GIB Dream11 Prediction: The fourth encounter of the Valletta Cup T20 2021 season is scheduled to be played between Bulgaria and Gibraltar on 23 October (Saturday) at the Marsa Sports Club in Marsa. This will be the first of the three matches to be contested in a single day in the ongoing edition of the tournament and an important game for both these teams in context of the competition.
Both these sides are coming into this match very much low on confidence as they have not performed well in the ongoing edition of the tournament. Bulgaria suffered a convincing 8-wicket loss at the hands of Switzerland in their first match in the ongoing competition. On the other hand, Gibraltar also ended up losing both of their matches against Malta and Switzerland in this tournament.
As many as four teams namely Malta, Gibraltar, Switzerland and Bulgaria are playing in this edition of the Valletta Cup T20. A total of 8 matches will be played throughout the whole T20 tournament in a period of four days. Bulgaria have lost all of their last few matches while Gibraltar have also suffered two big losses in this tournament.
Fixture Name: Match 4, Bulgaria vs Gibraltar
Competition: Valletta Cup T20
Date: 23 October
Time: 11:30 AM IST
Ground: Marsa Sports Club, Marsa
Pitch Report: The track at the Marsa Sports Club has offered some really good batting conditions so far in this tournament and the track is expected to behave in the similar manner for this game as well. There will be some amount of assistance for the pace bowlers and spinners as well. The average first innings total will once again remain around the 160-170 mark. However, bowling first will be a safe decision after winning the toss.
It will be an important decision to pick a mixed combination of both BUL and GIB players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. It will be a calculative move to include more of all-rounders and bowlers to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of James Fitzgerald, Chris Delaney, Hristo Lakov, Sulaiman Ali and Omar Rasool remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Omar Rasool
BATTERS: Phil Raikes, Chris Delaney, Kenroy Nestor
ALL-ROUNDERS: Hristo Lakov, Sulaiman Ali, James Fitzgerald, Balaji Pai
BOWLERS: Albin Jacob, Andrew Reyes, Ivaylo Katzarski
The Gibraltar side will start as the favourites to win this match against Bulgaria. Gibraltar have some really good players in their team who have the ability to leave an impact in the T20 format both with the bat and ball. On the other hand, Bulgaria will be coming with some sort of good experience as they have already faced Switzerland in their first game of the tournament at the same venue.
The Bulgaria side needs to perform well above their potential in the tournament both in the batting as well as bowling departments. The likes of Bakhtiar Tahiri, Aravinda de Silva, Hristo Lakov and Sulaiman Ali will have to play a significant role in the batting department and all of them will want to be amongst the runs in the T20 World Cup. On the other hand, the trio of Albin Jacob, Rohan Patel and Atagyul Ahmadhel will form part of the bowling attack.
For the Bulgaria team, Hristo Lakov has been a phenomenal cricketer due to his sensational record both with the bat and ball. He is coming into this tournament after hitting two brilliant half-centuries in back-to-back matches and has scored a total of 181 runs in the last five matches. Hristo Lakov has notched up 334 runs while playing in just 14 T20 matches. He can also contribute with the ball having taken 12 wickets.
Bulgaria’s Sulaiman Ali has performed impressively well both with the bat and ball in the last few games. He has smashed as many as 176 runs in the last five matches that includes three 40-plus scores. He played an unbelievable knock of 73 runs off just 38 balls in a T20 match. Sulaiman Ali can also deliver amazingly well with the ball as he has picked up 5 wickets at an excellent economy.
BUL Playing 11 (likely)
Aravinda de Silva
For the Gibraltar, it will be very much important to bring in their experience upfront both in the batting as well as bowling departments in this final phase of the T20 tournament. The likes of Kenroy Nestor, Nikhil Advani, Chris Delaney and James Fitzgerald will be their mainstay clogs in the batting department. On the other hand, the likes of Morgan Peters, Richard Cunningham and Balaji Pai will be hoping to put up a consistent show with the ball.
Gibraltar’s Chris Delaney will be an important performer to watch out for in this season of the Valletta Cup T20. In the last meeting against Malta, Delaney played an excellent unbeaten knock of 69 runs while playing for Gibraltar. He had amassed a total of 151 runs in just four innings of the Portugal T20 tri-series 2021 that included as many as two crucial half-centuries.
For the Gibraltar, all-rounder James Fitzgerald has been really effective both in the batting as well as bowling departments. He has the ability to deliver in the pressure situations both with the bat and ball. James Fitzgerald has smashed as many as 67 runs while playing in 8 matches. Although, he has not taken a lot of wickets, but has an impressive economy of 6.79.
GIB Playing 11 (likely)
Watch the Valletta Cup T20 Live score and streaming on the CricHeroes’ YouTube Channel. All the player stats, details, analysis and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available exclusively on the CricHeroes’ YouTube Channel. While taking care of the Covid-19 norms and regulations, the crowds would not be allowed at the Marsa Sports Club in Marsa. This would be a great platform for these young players to showcase their skills at this stage of the game.
The 2021 edition of the Valletta Cup T20 will not be broadcasted on the television in India. The television broadcasting rights are not always available for most of the domestic Twenty20 competitions and the same is the case for this year’s Valletta Cup T20. However, on the CricHeroes’ YouTube Channel app and CricHeroes website, exclusive live commentary will be available alongside live match scores and entertaining video analysis.
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