After Porterfield’s injury in the first game, the Irish captain Andrew Balbernie stepped up and backed himself to the opener’s spot in the 2nd ODI and he also proved why he is the leader of the team by scoring a run-a-ball century.
In the second ODI Ireland put on a complete show & literally outplaying the South African team. Apart from the captain, Harry Tector & George Dockrell took on the charge and scored quick runs in the final 10 overs. They added 90 runs off 46 balls which took them to a compatible total. After a bizarre batting performance, Ireland needed their bowlers to finish what the captain had started.
Ireland used 6 bowlers and apparently each and every bowler gave in their 100% and picked at least 1 wicket each. Craig Young, Simi Singh & George Dockrell ended up picking 1 wicket each, whereas Mark Adair, Joshua Little & Andy McBrine took sent off 2 South African batsmen each. To top off the all-around performance, Curtis Campher sent of Kagiso Rabada with a direct run-out.
The struggling South African side had more lessons to learn than reasons to celebrate from the 2nd ODI as apart from Janneman Malan & Rassie Van Der Dussen, none of their batsmen seemed to middle the ball. In the bowling unit also Anrich Nortje couldn’t live up to his expectations and ended on leaking a lot of runs whenever he got to bowl. Apart from him, Rabada turned out to be quite expensive too. When your top 2 bowlers go for runs, the entire team’s morale tends to go down.
Players to watch out for:
We all have seen Paul Stirling give amazing performances for the team in the past and we expect to have a special inning from him once again in his aggressive yet classy batting style.
David Miller is a batsman who can change the course of a game at any given time in the game. We have seen him score the fastest century in T20 cricket. He has a lot of potentials and I would like to see him batting a little bit up the order for the last ODI.
Possible Playing XI
Ireland is likely to make at least one change in the line-up as the Irish captain gave the statement confirming Porterfield’s return at the opening spot.
1. Paul Stirling, 2. William Porterfield, 3. Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4. Harry Tector, 5. Curtis Campher, 6. Lorcan Tucker (wk), 7. Simi Singh, 8. Andy McBrine, 9. Barry McCarthy, 10. Josh Little, 11. Craig Young
After a not-so-good bowling performance from the off-spinner Keshav Maharaj & the pitch favouring fast bowlers, Lungi Ngidi is all set to take his place in the playing XI for the final ODI.
1. Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Aiden Markram, 3. Temba Bavuma (C), 4. Rassie van der Dussen, 5. David Miller, 6. Heinrich Klaasen, 7. Andile Phehlukwayo, 8. Kagiso Rabada, 9. Anrich Nortje, 10. Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
The pitch is expected to swing & seam in the initial stages of the innings as it has always been. But we are in for a high-scoring game on the 16th at the Malahide Cricket Stadium with small boundaries. We will either have an amazing batting display or we might not even get to see any cricket as there are 70% chances of rain.