The hosts have been reasonable with the ball, but their batting has looked lacklustre.
South Africa have already sealed the fate of the three-match T20I series against Ireland. On Thursday, July 22, the Temba Bavuma-led unit beat the hosts by 42 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series. In the previous game, David Miller, Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin saved the day for the Proteas.
The third and final game of the series is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 24 at Belfast’s Civil Service Cricket Club. The home team has been reasonable with the ball in hand, but their batting has looked lacklustre, to say the least. Andy Balbirnie’s men will be looking to salvage some pride.
Match – Ireland vs South Africa – 3rd match
Venue – Civil Services Cricket Club, Belfast
Time – 08:30 PM IST, 03:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Fancode
The pitch in Belfast during the previous game turned out to be quite helpful for the bowlers. The pacers got seam movement from the surface and the spinners extracted prodigious turn as well. Batting second should be the way forward as 13 out of the 17 games at the venue went in favour of the chasing teams. The conditions will be cloudy, but with no chances of rain.
Avg score: 118 (18 T20Is in Belfast)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 13, Lost – 4, N/R – 1
Playing combination for IRE vs SA
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little,
Bench: Graeme McCarter, Curtis Campher, William McClintock, Benjamin White, Craig Young
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
Bench: Reeza Hendricks, Dwaine Pretorius, Lizaad Williams/Anrich Nortje, Kyle Verreynne, Bjorn Fortuin, Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo
IRE vs SA Head-to-Head
Played – 2 | Ireland – 0 | South Africa – 2 | N/R – 0 | Tied- 0
Played – 2 | Ireland – 0 | South Africa – 2 | N/R – 0 | Tie- 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Quinton de Kock- South Africa
Quinton de Kock came into the T20I series on the back of a stupendous century in the third ODI at The Village in Dublin. However, he hasn’t quite been able to replicate the same form in the T20I series. In two matches thus far, the left-hander has scored 47 runs at an average of 23.50. A strike rate of 162.06 means that he has been able to give his team brisk starts at the top.
Probable best bowler of the match
Tabraiz Shamsi– South Africa
Tabraiz Shamsi has been outstanding in recent times. The left-arm wrist-spinner is currently the leading wicket-taker of the series with seven wickets from two games at an average of 5.85 and strike rate of 6.8. Moreover, his economy rate of 5.12 suggests that he has been able to keep the batters in check. Ireland need to play him with utmost care in the next match.
Today’s match prediction: South Africa to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.