Match Preview

Ireland will face South Africa in the 2nd T20I match at Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast on 22 July 2021. South Africa have beaten their hosts in the first match. Ireland need to improve their batting performances to level the series in the next match. South Africa’s another win will help them clinch the series for good.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is favorable for batting and is best suited for pacers. The weather would be partly sunny and very warm with temperatures at 26-27 ° C.

Venue Stats (T20)

Total matches                               21

Matches won batting first             7

Matches won bowling first           13

Average 1st Inns scores              108

Average 2nd Inns scores             99

Highest total recorded                 190/5 (20 Ov) by BAN vs IRE

Lowest total recorded                   53/10 (14.3 Ov) by NEP vs IRE

Highest score chased                  141/8 (20 Ov) by BAN vs IRE

Lowest score defended                43/7 (9 Ov) by IRE vs BER

Top 2 Wicket-keeper picks

1) Quinton de Kock – The left-handed batsman’s fearless striking and handy glovework gave his team an advantage against Ireland in the last match. He took two wickets behind the stumps.

Matches – 53

Runs – 1578

Average – 32.87

2) Lorcan Tucker – The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman is a talented young player from Ireland who took two wickets behind the stumps in the last match.

Matches – 18

Runs – 135

Average – 9.64

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 and scored 25 crucial runs.

Matches – 26

Runs – 750

Average – 37.50

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 – 10

Runs – 241

Average – 24.100

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. He scored 36 runs in the last match.

Matches – 21

Runs – 400

Average – 26.66

4) Andy Balbirnie – The right-handed batsman’s game has improved immeasurably, as did his ability against spinners in the middle overs with his hard sweeps. He has potential to play good innings in the next match. He scored 22 runs in the last match.

Matches – 44

Runs – 967

Average – 25.44

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Lungi Ngidi – The right arm fast medium bowler is one of the best pacer from his squad. He has been a trustworthy player for his team and has given consistent performances so far.

Matches – 22

Wickets – 35

Economy – 9.18

2) Joshua Little – He is a bustling left-arm seamer and a key performer for the Ireland squad. He has given good fantasy points and will be expected to continue such performance in the upcoming matches too.

Matches – 18

Wickets – 13

Economy – 8.86

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

Matches – 32

Wickets – 39

Economy – 8.60

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

Matches – 38

Wickets – 42

Economy – 6.89

Top 4 All-rounder Picks

1) Simi Singh – The right-handed batsman and right off break bowler took 2 wickets in the last match. He is in good form and is expected to play such innings in the next match too.

Matches – 25

Runs – 211

Average – 10.55

Wickets – 23

Economy – 8.00

2) George Linde – The slow left arm orthodox bowler is a wrist spinner who was consistent in taking wickets in this tour including the 2 wickets he took in the last match. Such performance is expected from him in the next match as well.

Matches – 13

Runs – 111

Average – 11.10

Wickets – 13

Economy – 7.25

3) Mark Adair – The right arm fast medium bowler is a seam-bowling allrounder who has delivered phenomenal spells in the last match and took 2 wickets. He is in great form and is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 19

Runs – 158

Average – 13.16

Wickets – 30

Economy – 6.88

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 – 78

Runs – 270

Average – 12.85

Wickets – 76

Economy – 7.12

Predicted Playing 11

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

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


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