What an amazing win by South Africa in the first T20 against Ireland. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi was brilliantly bowled in the powerplay and took the match from Ireland. In the second T20, Ireland has a chance to bounce back but it was a tough fight against the proteas and they lose by 42 runs.
Hence the Irish will face the Proteas on the 24th of July for their 3rd T20 here at Stormont.
Players to watch out for:
Kagiso Rabada is the best bowler for South Africa in 32 matches. He has taken 39 Wickets with an economy of 8.61. He will be the key player for South Africa in the T20 series.
Quinton de Kock is the most explosive opening batsman. He has scored 120 runs against Ireland during the T20 series. Hence he has scored a total of 1578 runs in 53 innings which includes 9 fifties. He will dominate the opposition with his bat.
David Miller is the most destructive batsman of South Africa, Hence in the second T20, he has scored 75 runs in 44 balls.
Andrew Balbirine has smashed 65 runs in ODI in the open game. He has taken Ireland to an amazing victory in 2nd ODI. He has scored 967 runs and has completed the 1000 runs mark which includes 4 fifties.
Harry Tector was very much impressive in the series. He smashed 133 runs in 3 innings with an average of 44+.
Tabraiz Shamsi is an unplayable bowler that the Irish have ever produced. It can put deep trouble for the opposition, Hence in the 2nd T20, he picked up 3 Wickets and was given 14 runs.
The pitch at Stormont hasn’t been batting-friendly. But the score might have been lower side. The highest score on this ground is 190 and whereas the lowest score is just 53. Record also states that in 8 T20 Ireland has won 4 matches. Hence the team who will be chasing should be the way forward.
Although the batsman has to watch the ball and play their natural game in the first few overs, then the pitch will become easier to bat on. The weather forecast here at Stormont will be 62 % humidity and a 10% chance of precipitation. Hence the wind speed will be 18km/h, and also there will be clouds.
Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (C), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (Wk), Mark Adair, Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little.
Quinton De Kock (Wk), Temba Bavuma (C), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie Van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.
So it will be a tough fight for both Ireland to bounce back on the 3rd T20 against the SouthAfrica.
Andy Balbirnie, an Ireland skipper has to bat well so that their team can give a tough fight against the visitors. While the proteas are at the top of their game with Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. Hence they can crush the Irish top order, but the visitors batting have been pretty inconsistent. After a series win against the West indies, they wanted to wrap the series here as well. If the Irish wanted to win the series they have to contribute with ball and bat to defeat the proteas.
A repeat of last Romance is what the proteas would like to win the series.