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| On Oct 21, 2021 2:01 PM IST

MAL vs GIB Dream 11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Pitch Report, Team Details

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MAL vs GIB Dream 11 Prediction: The opening match of the Valletta Cup T20 is scheduled to be played between Malta and the Gibraltar on 21 October (Thursday) at the Marsa Sports Club in Marsa. Both the teams will be very much excited to kickstart their campaign in this entertaining T20 tournament on a positive note and will want to grab the winning momentum.

MAL vs GIB Dream 11 Prediction

Both these teams are coming into this tournament after having faced quite different results in their previous assignments. The Malta side ended at the fourth position in the last edition of the Continental Cup as they suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of Hungary in the third-place playoff. On the other hand, Gibraltar failed to win a single match in the Portugal T20 Tri-Series that also included Malta and Portugal.

MAL vs GIB Match Details

A total of four teams namely Malta, Gibraltar, Switzerland and Bulgaria will be fighting out 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. Malta have defeated the Gibraltar in the last two meetings between these two teams.

Fixture Name: Match 1, Malta vs Gibraltar

Competition: Valletta Cup T20

Date: 21 October

Time: 5:30 PM IST

MAL vs GIB Ground Details

Ground: Marsa Sports Club, Marsa

Pitch Report: As seen in the previous few games on this venue, there was some swing on offer in the early part of the game but the conditions were perfect for the batting. Even though this will be the opening fixture, the conditions are expected to be same but the spinners could get some purchase. 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.

MAL vs GIB Dream 11 Team Prediction

It will be a great idea to pick a mixed combination of both MAL and GIB players in your respective dream fantasy cricket teams. It will be a calculative decision to include more of all-rounders and batters to increase the chances of winning big contests. The likes of Bikram Arora, Varun Thamotharam, Chris Delaney, James Fitzgerald and Kenroy Nestor remain the must pick players for this exciting contest.

WICKET-KEEPERS: Heinrich Gericke
BATTERS: Kenroy Nestor, Nikhil Advani, Zeeshan Khan, Chris Delaney
ALL-ROUNDERS: Bikram Arora, James Fitzgerald, Varun Thamotharam
BOWLERS: Morgan Peters, Muhammad Bilal, Washeem Abbas

MAL vs GIB Dream 11 Fantasy Tips 2021

The Malta team will definitely have the upper hand in this match due to their experience of playing T20 tournaments. Malta have won many of the domestic championships and T20 tournaments with many experienced campaigners part of their line-up. On the other hand, Gibraltar will also be hoping to start their campaign on a brilliant winning note.

MAL Top Picks

The Malta side will be hoping to gain some important confidence both with the bat and ball in this edition of the Valletta Cup T20. The likes of Bikram Arora, Varun Thamotharam, Zeeshan Khan and Samuel Stanislaus will have to take the responsibility in the batting department. On the other hand, Muhammad Bilal, Washeem Abbas and Ashok Bishnoi will have to play an important role with the ball.

Bikram Arora

For the Malta team, middle-order Bikram Arora has performed really well in the last couple of years. He has notched up a total of 363 runs while playing in as many as 16 T20 games. Bikram Arora has the ability to tonk the ball big in the middle-overs on consistent basis. He has been a vital clog in the Malta batting line-up due to his brilliant strike-rate of more than 150.

Name Matches Runs
Bikram Arora 16 363

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Varun Thamotharam

Malta will depend a lot on Varun Thamotharam to come good in the batting department. Varun has scored more than 300 runs in the 15 matches having played for Malta in the Twenty20 format. He has an impressive strike-rate of 146.17. He also has the ability to contribute with the ball as Thamotharam has picked up 10 wickets at an economy of less than 8.

Name Runs Wickets
Varun Thamotharam 314 10

MAL News

  • There are no major injury issues for the Malta side.
  • Bikram Arora will captain the side.
  • Sam Aquilina will be the wicket-keeper.
  • The likes of Bikram Arora, Varun Thamotharam, Zeeshan Khan and Samuel Stanislaus will have to take the responsibility in the batting department.
  • Muhammad Bilal, Washeem Abbas and Ashok Bishnoi will have to play an important role with the ball.

MAL Playing 11 (likely)
Zeeshan Khan
Sam Aquilina
Bikram Arora
Varun Thamotharam
Samuel Stanislaus
Niraj Khanna
Haroon Mughal
Ashok Bishnoi
Washeem Abbas
Muhammad Bilal
Amar Sharma

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GIB Top Picks

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.

Chris Delaney

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.

Name Matches Runs
Chris Delaney 8 188

 

James Fitzgerald

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.

Name Runs Wickets
James Fitzgerald 67 2

GIB News

  • There are no injury problems in the Gibraltar camp.
  • Balaji Pai will be the captain.
  • Joseph Marples will keep the wickets.
  • The likes of Kenroy Nestor, Nikhil Advani, Chris Delaney and James Fitzgerald will be their mainstay clogs in the batting department.
  • The likes of Morgan Peters, Richard Cunningham and Balaji Pai will be hoping to put up a consistent show with the ball.

GIB Playing 11 (likely)
Louis Bruce
Kenroy Nestor
Chris Delaney
James Fitzgerald
Balaji Pai
Richard Hatchman
Joseph Marples
Richard Cunningham
Joe Wilson
Andrew Reyes
Morgan Peters

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Watch MAL vs GIB Live Score And Streaming

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. The players from both these sides will be keen to give their best.

List of Channels to watch MAL vs GIB Match

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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Kuljyot Singh

A cricket maniac who lives his life like a T20 match, time is short so make the most of it. Always thriving to learn more about cricket writing and obviously being an Indian, a big cricket expert.

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