POR vs SPA Dream11 : Spain and Portugal begin the three country T20 series when the two take on each other in the series opener today
For Portugal and Gibraltar, the Iberia Cup comes as a gargantuan opportunity for either side to make a foray into the cricketing fraternity. For both of these countries, the Iberia Cup will be a chance to play their first ever T20 matches with the teams featuring in the three country T20 series alongside Spain starting today.
While these two are newbies to the cricketing fraternity, Spain’s previous advent in the format gives them a massive edge over their opponents. The side played against Finland and Malta earlier this year, winning both those series to show the skill set prevelant in the side, one taking birth due to the immense pool of abled players in the side who know what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
Winning their previous series against Finland 2-1 despite losing the first T20, Spain who are back out in the middle after a hiatus will be looking to emulate the same showings come their first match against Portugal today. The series opener which gets underway today is the first of six matches slated between the three countries with each country playing against their counterparts twice with the side with the maximum points at the culmination of the series ending up on the winning side.
Pitch Conditions And Toss
This is a pristine wicket to come out and bat on with the ball coming onto the bat extremely nice, making it all too easy to come out and crunch the ball to the short boundaries with consummate ease. The pitch is set to retain its identity across the 40 overs but the side winning the toss will be looking to bat first with the pitch set to get a tad bit sluggish as the match runs its course.
Probable Playing 11
Faran Afzal (WK), Awais Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Zulqarnain Haider, Paul Hennessy, Ravi Panchal, Christian Muñoz Mills (C), Kuldeep, Atif Mehmood, Tauqeer Hussain, Tom Vine
Paulo Buccimazza (C), Arslan Ahmed, Mian Mehmood, Syed Ali Naqi, Zohaib Sarwar, Francoise Stoman (WK), Md Fakhrul Hussain, Imran Khan, Assad Mehmood, Najjam Shahzad, Sukhwinder Singh
Match: Spain Vs Portugal
Date And Time: 25th October, Friday- 6:30pm IST
Venue: La Manga Club Bottom Ground, Spain
Where To Watch: YouTube European Cricket Network, FanCode
- Awais Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Zulqarnain Haider, Tom Vine
- Arslan Ahmed, Mian Mehmood, Syed Ali Naqi, Sukhwinder Singh
Top 4 Batting Order
- Faran Afzal, Awais Ahmed, Yasir Ali, Zulqarnain Haider
- Paulo Buccimazza, Arslan Ahmed, Mian Mehmood, Syed Ali Naqi
- Faran Afzal, Yasir Ali
- Arslan Ahmed, Mian Mehmood
Death Overs Bowlers
- Atif Mehmood, Tom Vine
- Najjam Shahzad, Sukhwinder Singh
POR vs SPA Dream11 Wicket-Keeper
Not only does Awais Ahmed come out to open for his side, making him a pristine pick for today’s encounter, but the man with the gloves will play a heavy role behind the wickets as well. He’s going to tally up a slew of points as he features at regular intervals with catches and stumpings, making him our choice for today’s prevelant clash.
POR vs SPA Dream11 Batsmen
With Portugal majorly an unknown entity on the international stage, we have decided to keep things light from their side for this fixture, only getting in Arslan Ahmed from the side while from Spain we have the two players come into our side in the form of Yasir Ali and Christian Munoz-Mills. The two are bats who have over the course of 2019 massively impressed for the side, playing out a steady brand of cricket and cautiously piling on the runs for their side.
POR vs SPA Dream11 All-Rounders
Whenever we have a T20 encounter in play, the all-rounders’ facet comes bearing for us gargantuan value. The identity of the players over here and their ability to use their penchant for both batting and bowling makes them excellent option, seeing their dual nature as players making them must have ones for the shortest format of the game.
And their importance only grows in today’s encounter given the myriad performers we have at our disposal. We begin with Paul Hennessy, someone who has seven wickets in three ties and has also scored the 89 runs in the same period while his 143 runs in four T20s and 6 wickets in the same time see us bring in Ravi Panchal as well into our setup from the side with the player being a crucial component of their side.
From Finland elsewhere we are going in with Assad Mehmood who has 4 wickets in 3 matches, pairing him alongside the side’s captain Paulo Buccimazza who has snared 85 runs and snagged 6 wickets for his side in white ball cricket.
POR vs SPA Dream11 Bowling Order
A major reason for Spain’s triumph in Finland and thumping their opponents was down to their bowling setup, one which saw them embroiled Finland in an ordeal. Tom Vine and Atif Mehmood were critical in the side’s cause, leaving Finland in qualms as hey quelled their quest to piling on runs, seeing us bringing in the duo for today’s fixture. We have the one pick from Portugal as well meanwhile with us opting for Najjam Shahzad for this encounter.
Captain And Vice-Captain
Panchal comes into our side as our captain for this one while we have ventured in with Hennessy as the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.