GIB vs SWI Dream11 Prediction: The second match of the Valletta Cup T20 2021 is scheduled to be played between Gibraltar and Switzerland on 22 October (Friday) at the Marsa Sports Club in Marsa. This will be the opening match in this edition of the T20 tournament for Switzerland while Gibraltar have already played one match against Malta earlier in the season.
Both these teams are coming into this game after witnessing quite contrasting fortunes in their previous few outings. The Gibraltar suffered a disappointing 61-run loss at the hands of Malta in the first match of this Valletta Cup T20. Incidentally, Gibraltar have ended up losing all of their last five matches in the T20 format. On the other hand, Switzerland has not played competitive cricket in the last few years.
A total of four teams namely Malta, Gibraltar, Switzerland and Bulgaria are playing in this edition of the Valletta Cup T20. As many as 8 matches will be played throughout the whole T20 competition in a period of four days. Gibraltar have lost all of their last five T20 matches, while Switzerland will be playing their first competitive match in a while.
Fixture Name: Match 2, Gibraltar vs Switzerland
Competition: Valletta Cup T20
Date: 22 October
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Ground: Marsa Sports Club, Marsa
Pitch Report: This will be the first afternoon game of the Valletta Cup T20 2021 season at the Marsa Sports Club and thus, it will be interesting to see how the track behaves. However, it is expected to offer a flat batting surface but the spinners could get some assistance considering it is an afternoon fixture. The par score will remain around 160-170 with dew playing an important role. Therefore, it will be a good choice of decision to win the toss and opt to bowl first.
It will be an important decision to pick a mixed combination of both SWI and GIB players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. It will be a calculative move to include more of all-rounders and batters to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Aiden Andrews, Faheem Nazir, Chris Delaney, James Fitzgerald and Kenroy Nestor remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Luke Collado
BATTERS: Kenroy Nestor, Anser Mehmood, Faheem Nazir, Chris Delaney
ALL-ROUNDERS: James Fitzgerald, Balaji Pai, Aidan Andrews
BOWLERS: Morgan Peters, Asad Mahmood, Ashwin Vinod
The Gibraltar team will definitely have the upper hand in this match due to their experience of playing T20 tournaments. Gibraltar have won many of the domestic championships and T20 tournaments with many experienced campaigners part of their line-up. On the other hand, Switzerland will also be hoping to start their campaign on a brilliant winning note.
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 opening 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)
For the Switzerland side, it will be really important to grab the momentum right from the start of this Valletta Cup T20 2021 season both in the batting as well as bowling department. The trio of Anser Mehmood, Faheem Nazir and Aidan Andrews will have to take that extra responsibility in the batting department. On the other hand, the likes of Asad Mahmood, Ashwin Vinod and Stefan Franklin will be playing a significant role with the ball.
For Switzerland, Aiden Andrews has been really effective both with the bat and ball. He has smashed a total of 132 runs in the last 5 competitive matches at a brilliant strike-rate of more than 130. Aiden Andrews has contributed with many crucial knocks in pressure situations for the Switzerland team. He also has the ability to deliver well with the ball having picked up four wickets at an impressive economy.
Switzerland’s Faheem Nazir will be an important performer to watch out for in this Valletta Cup T20. He has sensational capabilities to come good both in the batting and bowling departments. Faheem Nazir has scored as many as 62 runs in the last five T20 games at a strike-rate of 143.16. He has also been really economical with the ball on the last few occasions and has been a consistent wicket-taker as well.
SWI Playing 11 (likely)
Watch the Valletta Cup T20 Live score and streaming on the FanCode app. All the player stats, details, analysis and match scores along with exciting live ball-to-ball commentary will be available exclusively on the Fancode app. 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 FanCode app and website, exclusive live commentary will be available alongside live match scores and entertaining video analysis.
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