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Ireland vs South Africa, IRE vs RSA, Today Match Prediction

The Village - Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, Ireland

132/9 in 20.0

6.60

165/7 in 20.0

8.25 Team Logo
SCORECARD

Toss Winner - Ireland won the toss and chose to bowl first

South Africa beat Ireland by 33 runs

South Africa eye clinical performances against Ireland in the series opener

  • Janneman Malan, Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi delivered excellent performances for South Africa in the T20 format.
  • In June, South Africa registered a series win over West Indies.
  • Paul Stirling, Mark Adair and Andrew Balbirnie have standout performers for Ireland in the T20 format.

Temba Bavuma-led unit to secure a comfortable win in the series opener.

Tournament: Ireland vs South Africa 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: The Village - Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, Ireland | Toss: To Bowl

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Ireland will face South Africa in the three-match T20I series, starting in Dublin from Monday.

The series is expected to be an exciting one as both teams were recently included in the three-match ODI series which ended in a 1-1 stalemate, where the opening game was washed out.

Therefore, both team managements will be optimistic about coming into the series and will hope that players will continue their impressive run in the shorter format as well.

The series will be a historic one for both teams as it will be the very first time when they will compete in the shortest format of the game.

However, the home team will be optimistic of a good showing because, over the last two years, they’ve been far more productive in T20 cricket compared to the Proteas as they secured 11 wins in 21 matches whereas the visitors in the series won just eight out of 23 fixtures.

Ireland Preview

Despite suffering a defeat in the third ODI by 70 runs, Ireland are likely to go ahead with pretty much the same combination for the T20Is to the ones who did well against South Africa in the 50-over format.

The return of veteran all-rounder Kevin O’Brien will be a major boost for the home team. The 37-year-old did not feature in the ODIs as he has announced retirement from the format earlier this year.

In the batting department, the hosts will be relying on the likes of captain Andy Balbirnie, O’Brien, top-order batsman Paul Stirling, middle-order batsman Harry Tector and all-rounders George Dockrell along with Simi Singh to score the bulk of the runs and give the bowlers something to bowl with.

On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Mark Adair, Josh Little, Craig Young along with the spin duo of Singh and Dockrell to produce timely breakthroughs.

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little

Ireland Key Players From Previous Game Of Ireland vs South Africa 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
S Singh
100
91
14
0
109.89
C Campher
54
54
5
1
100
H Tector
29
34
4
0
85.29
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
J Little
9.0
0
53
2
5.89
C Young
9.0
0
61
1
6.78
S Singh
10.0
0
52
1
5.2

Ireland Actual Playing XI:

Kevin O'Brien, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Paul Stirling, Shane Getkate, Barry McCarthy, Lorcan Tucker, Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie

South Africa Preview

Despite avoiding an embarrassing ODI series defeat, South Africa are likely to try their bench strength in the upcoming series.

The team management will not be pleased with the performance of the players in the two 50-over matches where Ireland managed to give them a real fight.

In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on the likes of in-form opening batsman Janneman Malan, veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, top-order batter Rassie van der Dussen and explosive left-hander David Miller to score the bulk of the runs and put the opposition under pressure.

On the bowling front, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Dwaine Pretorius along with the spin trio of Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde and Keshav Maharaj to dismantle the opposition’s batting lineup.

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams

South Africa Key Players From Previous Game Of Ireland vs South Africa 2021

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
J Malan
177
169
16
6
104.73
Q de Kock
120
91
11
5
131.87
R van der Dussen
30
28
2
0
107.14
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
A Phehlukwayo
10.0
0
56
3
5.6
T Shamsi
10.0
0
46
3
4.6
K Maharaj
10.0
1
51
2
5.1

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams, Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Janneman Malan, Lungi Ngidi

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
29
0 mm.
3.81 k/h
From: W
1%
03h
27
0 mm.
2.29 k/h
From: WSW
32%
06h
22
0 mm.
2.13 k/h
From: SW
62%
09h
17
0 mm.
1.76 k/h
From: SW
100%
12h
16
0 mm.
1.43 k/h
From: SW
77%
15h
21
0 mm.
1.48 k/h
From: SW
3%
18h
30
0 mm.
1.85 k/h
From: WSW
11%
21h
34
0 mm.
4.01 k/h
From: WSW
21%

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the one-dayers were excellent for batting. The curatror will certainly prepare wickets that will favour the batting units. The weather forecast for Monday is expected to be clear skies.

Venue Details

Ireland will be looking to make amends for their poor record at the venue in the T20 format.

Toss: To Bowl

The side that wins the toss, would bat first and post a competitive score on the board. Average first innings score at The Village is around 160 runs.

The ODI series came as a bit of a surprise for the South Africa team as Ireland once again proved that in home conditions, they are not a pushover.

Despite that, looking at the overall team composition, Proteas seem to have a far solid unit comprised of individual players who can turn the game on its head in a matter of a few overs.

 

Temba Bavuma-led unit to secure a comfortable win in the series opener.

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Author: Shoaib Z.