After a 1-1 stalemate in the three-match ODI series, Ireland will look to go the distance when they play South Africa in the T20I Series.
The first twenty-20 international will be played at The Village, Dublin, and will start at 4:00 pm local time (8:30 pm IST) on Monday, July 19.
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Ireland vs South Africa Betting Odds
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Despite the 50-over series ending in 1-1, Ireland will be happy with the fact that they managed a win against the formidable side that South Africa is.
The focus now moves to T20 cricket and with World Cup just a few months away, the hosts will be hoping to get some momentum under their belt.
South Africa, by all means, will still start as the favourites here on account of their superior squad and form.
South Africa to win
Toss winner: South Africa
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Ireland Team News
With Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock each scoring a century in the final ODI, it suffices to say that the unseasoned Irish bowling got the hammering we had expected of them.
Except for Josh Little and Simi Singh, both of whom managed to end their spell under an economy of 6.00, every other bowler proved to be quite expensive.
Chasing a target of 347 runs, Ireland responded with a respectable 276 all out; the previous match’s hero Andy Balbirnie collapsed for 7 while Singh’s 100 not out and Curtis Campher’s half-century added some fight to the game.
Needless to say, there is some promise in this Irish team but what they need are consistency, playing time, and some heart.
Ireland will be playing their first 20-over international match since losing the 3-match series 2-1 to Afghanistan in 2020. Since then, Ireland were scheduled to play Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and New Zealand across three international T20 tours but coincidentally, all matches across the series were called off due to bad weather.
Ireland will seek inspiration from their T20 win over West Indies in Jan 2020 – one of the most impressive ones in the format – where the boys stunned the Caribbean hosts by 4 runs. The likes Paul Stirling, Balbirnie, and Singh were a part of that winning squad.
Ireland’s Likely XI
Stirling, Balbirine, Tector, Adair, Dockrell, Campher, Tucker, Singh, McBrine, Little, Young
South Africa Team News
South Africa have done well to bounce back in the final ODI and suppress any doubts that may have been floating around about their form.
Malan’s 177 not out off 169 deliveries and de Kock’s 120 off 91 propelled South Africa to 346-4 – one of their highest ODI totals in the last couple of years. With the ball, Tabraiz Shamsi and Andile Phehlukhwayo struck gold with three wickets each.
The form of the Proteas in the T20 format is quite good – they beat West Indies 3-2 in their tour of the Caribbeans. That kind of performance was much needed as the visitors had lost to Pakistan across two different tours back to back earlier in 2021.
There are several T20 specialists in this South African roster, including de Kock, Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Rassie van der Dussen. Their bowling line-up is just as formidable with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in the ranks.
They have the goods and experience needed for a complete whitewash here.
South Africa’s Likely XI
Malan, Markram, Bavuma, Van der Dussen, Miller, de Kock, Phehlukwayo, Rabada, Maharaj, Nortje, Shamsi
Venue & conditions
The match will be played at The Village Stadium in Malahide, Dublin and the conditions are expected to remain similar as they were across the ODI series.
It is easy to score runs on this venue and we may be in store for another high-scoring match.
Ireland vs South Africa Head-to-Head
This is the first meeting between the two teams in the 20-over format.
Ireland vs South Africa Toss Prediction
South Africa won the toss in the final ODI so they have that momentum. However, this being their first match in the T20 world, past stats don’t matter for much.
Let’s back South Africa to win the toss here since we’re backing them to win the match.
Ireland vs South Africa Winner Prediction
Recommended Bet: Back South Africa to win @ 1.14 with 10CRIC
This is pretty much a no-brainer. South Africa look primed for a win here and the smarter bets to make would be along the lines of top batsmen or top bowlers and boundaries favouring the Proteas.
For instance, Malan, de Kock, and Temba Bavuma all have the skill and form needed to practically bring this match home singlehandedly. I also expect the lion’s share of the boundaries from the visitors too.
That said, South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has admitted that the players may be suffering from bio-bubble fatigue and unrest at home. It may have been the case when Ireland won the second ODI and they will try to capitalise on this in the first T20I as well.
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