Match Preview

Ireland will be up against South Africa in the first T20I match at Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin on 19th July 2021. South Africa’s dominant batting performance in the 3rd ODI match allowed them to square the series with Ireland. Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock’s dynamic batting gave a mighty target for Ireland to chase. The visitors bowled out their hosts with 2.5 overs to spare. The upcoming T20I would be a fresh chance for both teams to prove their capabilities.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is favorable for batting and is best suited for pacers. The weather would be sunny with some clouds and temperatures at 20-21 ° C.

Venue Stats (T20)

Total matches                             14

Matches won batting first            5

Matches won bowling first          9

Average 1st Inns scores             159

Average 2nd Inns scores            140

Highest total recorded                 252/3 (20 Ov) by SCO vs NED

Lowest total recorded                  70/10 (12.3 Ov) by IRE vs IND

Highest score chased                  194/6 (17.4 Ov) by IRE vs SCO

Lowest score defended               129/8 (20 Ov) by HK vs IRE

Top Wicket-keeper pick

1) Quinton de Kock – The wicketkeeper batsman’s fearless striking and handy glovework led his team to victory in the last match against Ireland. He smashed 120 runs and took two catches behind the stumps in the 3rd ODI match.

Matches – 52

Runs – 1558

Average – 33.14

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rassie van der Dussen – The right-handed batsman is a naturally attacking batsman and is a talented player in this format. He played decent innings in the last match.

Matches – 25

Runs – 725

Average – 38.15

2) Janneman Malan – The young right-handed batsman played phenomenal innings in the last match and smashed 177 runs off 169 balls. He is playing in good form and his team might benefit from it in the next match.

Matches – 9

Runs – 237

Average – 26.33

3) Harry Tector – The right-handed batsman has given consistent performance against South Africa in the ODI series and he has a lot of potential to play well in the next match as well.

Matches – 20

Runs – 364

Average – 26.00

4) Andy Balbirnie – The Ireland skipper’s game has improved immeasurably, as did his ability against spin in the middle overs with his hard sweeps. He has potential to play good innings in the next match.

Matches – 43

Runs – 945

Average – 25.54

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Anrich Nortje – Nortje is a right-arm fast bowler and well-acquainted with speed. His fearsome bouncer and fast pace are his weapons against the opponent’s batting line-up. He is an experienced player in this format.

Matches – 9

Wickets – 7

Economy – 7.66

2) Craig Young – The right-arm fast medium bowler has the pace and bounce of a skillful player. He has become a valuable player for his team in the past few matches due to his performance. He’ll be a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 32

Wickets – 27

Economy – 8.15

3) Kagiso Rabada – The right arm fast bowler is strapping, genuine quick pacer who is one of the best attacking bowlers in this format from his squad. He has consistently taken wicket against Ireland.

Matches – 31

Wickets – 38

Economy – 8.66

4) Tabraiz Shamsi – The left-arm wristspin bowler with ample variations took 3 wickets in the last match. He is playing in good form and will be good choice for the next match.

Matches – 37

Wickets – 38

Economy – 6.89

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Simi Singh – The right-handed batsman and right off break bowler has smashed a century and even took a wicket in the last match. He is in good form and is expected to play such innings in the next match too.

Matches – 24

Runs – 207

Average – 10.89

Wickets – 21

Economy – 8.22

2) George Linde – The slow left arm orthodox bowler is a wrist spinner who was consistent in taking wickets in the last ODI series implying his good form. Such performance is expected from him in the next match as well.

Matches – 12

Runs – 101

Average – 11.22

Wickets – 11

Economy – 7.32

3) Andile Phehlukwayo – The left-handed batsman and right arm medium fast bowler is a talented leading wicket-taker from his squad.  He took 3 wickets in the last match and is expected to give good fantasy points in the next match.

Matches – 34

Runs – 127

Average – 9.07

Wickets – 39

Economy – 8.42

4) George Dockrell – The right-handed batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler is a left-arm spinner of rare potential who can turn the match in his favour with his deadly bowling. He is playing in good form.

Matches – 77

Runs – 268

Average – 13.40

Wickets – 76

Economy – 7.11

Predicted Playing 11

Ireland – Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector/Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little, Craig Young

South Africa – Quinton De Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi


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South Africa – 51%

Ireland – 49%