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

Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Toss Winner - South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first

South Africa beat Ireland by 42 runs

Can Ireland overcome South African spin challenge?

  • South Africa are in a 3-match winning streak in T20Is (all in away conditions).    
  • Ireland has won just one match in their last 6 matches courtesy of a super-over win against Afghanistan.    
  • No player from either side crossed the 40-run mark last game.   

South Africa will win the match & series 2-0

Tournament: Ireland vs South Africa 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Northern Ireland | Toss: To Bowl

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South Africa won the first T20I match comfortably despite putting on a moderate score on the board. Their spinners have been their biggest strength in the shortest format and they showcased it in the Caribbean tour too. They will look to seal the series with a win in this match and look to test their bench strength in the last T20I match with series in pocket. Ireland will need to be more proactive with the bat to give a tough fight to South Africa in this match. They need to win this match to keep the series alive and go into the decider.

Ireland Preview

Ireland never really threatened the chase as they lost 4 wickets in power play and kept losing wickets to tumble to 88/9. Last wicket pair added 44 runs to finish at a decent 132/9 in 20 overs. Harry Tector top scored with 36 runs while Barry McCarthy scored 30 runs in the last wicket partnership. 7 players were dismissed for single digit scores.

Mark Adair picked up 2 crucial wickets in the power play but leaked some runs in the end to finish with figures of 4-0-37-3 in the match. Joshua little and Simi Singh formed a superb partnership with combined figures of 8-0-46-4 to restrict the opposition to just 165 runs.

Top players to bet on:

Harry Tector – Tector has been in good touch and looked good for his 36 runs but kept losing partners at other end. He played the most vital knock to help his team win an ODI match against South Africa recently.

Simi Singh – Singh tied up the batsmen with his figures of 4-0-19-2 claiming the wickets of Bavuma and Markram.  He will look to continue his role in the middle overs in this amtch too.

Ireland Predicted Playing XI:

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Shane Getkate/Craig Young, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little

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

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
H Tector
36
34
3
0
105.88
B McCarthy
30
25
4
0
120
A Balbirnie
22
16
4
0
137.5
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
M Adair
4.0
0
39
3
9.75
S Singh
4.0
0
19
2
4.75
J Little
4.0
0
27
2
6.75

Ireland Actual Playing XI:

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

South Africa Preview

Quinton De Kock lighted up the match with his 9-ball 20 runs. Aiden Markram (39 runs), Van Der Dussen (28 runs), David Miller (25 runs) got starts but failed to convert it into a big score. Kagiso Rabada`s 9-ball 19 runs took them to a competitive 165 runs in the 20 overs.

Pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were splendid with the ball giving no free runs as they claimed 3 wickets between them comfortably. Spinners George Linde and Tabraiz Shamsi stole the show and ran through the opposition with their combined figures of 8-0-53-3 in the match.

Top players to bet on:

Quinton De Kock – De Kock has been piling up runs in all formats for the last couple of weeks and we expect him to continue his good form in the T20Is too. He looked very positive right from the first ball in the last game too.    

Tabraiz Shamsi – Shamsi has been their X-factor in the bowling department especially in the T20Is. He claimed 11 wickets in last 6 T20I matches at an economy rate of below 5 RPO.   

South Africa Predicted Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams/Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

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

Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
A Markram
39
30
2
2
130
D Miller
28
21
3
0
133.33
R van der Dussen
25
18
2
1
138.89
Bowlers
R
B
4s
6s
SRs
T Shamsi
4.0
0
27
4
6.75
G Linde
4.0
0
26
2
6.5
L Ngidi
4.0
0
18
2
4.5

South Africa Actual Playing XI:

Quinton de Kock, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, B Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuin, Rassie van der Dussen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Temba Bavuma

HR
Temp
Rain
W. speed
W. direction
Clouds
00h
19
0 mm.
0.38 k/h
From: SSE
22%
03h
18
0 mm.
0.42 k/h
From: SE
28%
06h
19
0 mm.
0.79 k/h
From: ESE
48%
09h
23
0 mm.
1.94 k/h
From: ESE
98%
12h
25
0 mm.
3.13 k/h
From: ESE
99%
15h
25
0 mm.
3.21 k/h
From: ESE
100%
18h
23
0 mm.
2.03 k/h
From: E
100%
21h
18
0 mm.
1.18 k/h
From: E
100%

Weather Conditions

Belfast will have clear and sunny weather with gentle breeze. We expect to get a full quota of overs in this match with no weather interruptions.

Venue Details

Belfast will host its first international match this year with a T20I match after 6 long years. The pitch is slightly aiding the bowlers with its uneven bounce and slow nature. We expect an average score of 160-180 runs in this match.

Toss: To Bowl

The pitch will be used after a long time and both captains will look to put the opposition into bat here. Chasing will be safer option in this match.

South Africa batsmen failed to capitalize on their starts and help their team post a big score but their bowlers made this target a mountain with their discipline and control. They have been hunting as a pack in the bowling department in the last few matches. Ireland batsmen need to apply themselves to build partnership and their bowlers have been good in patches. Both teams have some work to do in their playing XI but we expect South Africa to win this match owing to their experience.

South Africa will win the match & series 2-0

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