Fortuin and Shamsi picked up three wickets each.
South Africa found themselves in all sorts of trouble after electing to bat first in their second T20I against Ireland on Thursday, July 22 at Belfast’s Civil Service Cricket Club. However, the Proteas made a comeback to not only secure a 42-run win but also secure a series triumph with a 2-0 lead.
Miller comes to the party
The visitors got off to the worst possible start as Paul Stirling removed openers Temba Bavuma and Janneman Malan for ducks in his very first over. Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen couldn’t get the double digits as well after pacers Mark Adair and Joshua Little got rid of them respectively.
After 10 overs, South Africa were placed at 58/5 with the onus on David Miller and Wiaan Mulder to resurrect the innings. Miller went on to score an unbeaten 44-ball 75 with four fours and five sixes. Mulder lent him support with a 26-ball 36 as the Proteas made their way up to 159 in 20 overs.
In the run-chase, Ireland lost Kevin O’Brien and Andy Balbirnie in the single digits. Stirling and George Dockrell got starts, but couldn’t convert. Harry Tector fell cheaply as well. The hosts had a similar start to their opponent as they were reduced to 56/5 with the required rate going above 10.
Shane Getkate top-scored for them with 24, but his efforts weren’t enough as Ireland were bowled out for 117. For the Proteas, the spinners- Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamsi– picked up three wickets each. Beuran Hendricks picked two wickets while Lungi Ngidi and Markram got one scalp each.
After the match, Ireland skipper Balbirnie lauded his team’s bowlers and fielders but sounded disappointed by their batting. Bavuma, the South African skipper, on the contrary, was relieved with the team performance.
Bavuma praises Miller and Mulder
“Disappointing with the bat again. We bowled well again and fielded well. But yeah, we didn’t apply ourselves with the bat at all. The spinners bowled well for us. Clearly, it’s a batting issue for us and we have to address that. It gives us another chance to redeem ourselves,” Balbirnie said.
“Looking at the way we started, I think a lot of people would have written us off. But he showed good fight and got ourselves to a respectable total. We have a lot of belief in our bowlers and we knew that the pitch was having something in it.
“At the halfway mark, we knew that if our bowlers hit their straps, we would do good. He (Miller) was really good. He and Mulder really solidified the middle order for us,” Bavuma said.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to South Africa’s win:
Tabraiz Shamsi’s incredible numbers in T20Is this year:
Runs conceded 293
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 22, 2021
Tabraiz Shamsi’s Bowling Economy in last 4 T20I International Series:-
•PAK vs SA – 5.08 (3 Match)
•SA vs PAK – 7.40 (3 Match)
•WI vs SA – 4.00 (5 Match).
•SA vs IRE – 5.12 (2 Match).#IREvSA
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) July 22, 2021
Tabraiz Shamsi is wrecking Havoc this Year🔥
— Amit Gorai (@Amit_g777) July 23, 2021
South Africa won the 2nd T20I match by 42 runs against Ireland and lead taken the 2-0 in this series. What a quality performance by South Africa, David Miller is the Star of this win, he scored magnificent 75*(44) and Tabraiz Shamsi with the ball, picked 3 wickets. #IREvSA pic.twitter.com/1xazdAaRDV
— I’m Sangram (@TheSangram18) July 22, 2021
South Africa win the 2nd T20I and take an unassailable 2-0 lead 🎉
Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin staring with three wickets apiece. #IREvSA pic.twitter.com/yAckUHTZjW
— TheSportsGuy (Mbali Hlophe) (@mbalimokoko) July 22, 2021
Tabraiz Shamsi in T20is since start of 2020
average :- 12.20
economy : 5.3
— ᴘᴀʀᴀs (@ParasGirdhar22) July 22, 2021
Tabraiz Shamsi’s improvement as a white ball bowler has been mind blowing. He has established himself as one of the best in the world! @shamsi90
— Madhurima (@Hobart104off143) July 22, 2021
A small credit in Tabraiz Shamsi’s success should be given to Imran Tahir.
He Retired.#Cricket #India #INDvsSL #SouthAfrica #IREvSA #SLvIND #England #ENGvPAK
— Cricketcasm (@cricketcasm) July 22, 2021
Tabraiz Shamsi deserves an IPL contract! #IREvSA #SouthAfrica @OfficialCSA @shamsi90
— Dipen Sharma (@dipensharma1105) July 22, 2021
We Will Tabraiz Shamsi in IPL 2022@shamsi90 Gear UP Bro!!!#IPL #BidforShamsi @IPL 🙄
— Azam Khan (@Azam_khan_14) July 19, 2021