South Africa is demonstrating that its loss to Ireland in the second ODI was a fluke. It comfortably won the third ODI and is now the first T20 international. The second T20 is an opportunity for South Africa to win the series and build on the gains made in the Caribbean.
Ireland must believe that it can replicate its performance in the ODI series and push South Africa. It will not be easy, but there are some flaws on both sides to exploit. This usually means there will be some great betting opportunities to take advantage of, so let us try to find those as well.
On July 22, 2021, the match will be held at the Village in Dublin.
Match Details to Know
Match – Ireland vs South Africa – 2nd match
Venue – Civil Services Cricket Club, Belfast
Time – 08:30 PM IST, 03:00 PM GMT, July 22, 2021
Ireland vs South Africa Team Previews
Ireland lacks a strong batting lineup, which proved to be its undoing in the first T20. It’s all about getting runs from the top three for Ireland, and that didn’t happen in the first game. Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, and Andrew Balbirie were able to leave on the cheap, but they did so with a lot of intent.
Stirling hit the first ball of Ireland’s inning for a six but was caught trying to repeat the shot.
Ireland does not have a weak batting lineup with George Dockrell, Harry Tector, and Simi Singh in the lineup, but it appears to be less suited to T20 cricket than the 50 over the game. The middle-order lacks power and is overly reliant on Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie.
Simi Singh and Joshua Little bowled brilliantly in the first match to limit the South African batsmen’s damage. Mark Adair also took three wickets to boost Ireland’s confidence ahead of the next match.
Ireland is a better team that could give South Africa a scare, but it still lacks that little bit of consistency to be a consistent threat to the top teams.
Ireland T20I Squad
Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker(w), Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Craig Young, Benjamin White, William McClintock, Neil Rock
On Monday, the home team fielded what was likely their best XI at Malahide. Expect them to do so again with the series on the line.
Predicted XI: 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
When Janneman Malan and Aiden Markram were also in the playing eleven, it was surprising to see Temba Bavuma walk out to open the batting. Bavuma has been named captain and is desperate for a big score to keep his spot on the team. That has not occurred thus far and is unlikely to occur in the future.
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Still, South Africa has a huge batting advantage with Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Rassie van der Dussen, and David Miller.
During the first T20, the bowling unit included Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams, Lungi Ngidi, George Linde, and Tabraiz Shamsi. This is a fantastic attack that features four established bowlers and one who is making a name for himself in this format of the game.
The bowling unit has few weak links, and South Africa has a massive advantage over its opponents in this match.
South Africa T20I Squad
Temba Bavuma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Heinrich Klaasen, Bjorn Fortuin, Kyle Verreynne, Anrich Nortje
It didn’t work perfectly in the first match, but it’s far from broken. So there’s no point in attempting to repair it.
Predicted XI: Quinton De Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie Van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams/Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Ireland vs South Africa Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will prefer to bat first. Because there is no rain forecast for this game, the pitch should remain as it has been.
Ireland vs South Africa Pitch and Conditions
The weather forecast for match day is looking promising. There is no rain forecast, so we should be able to play the entire match. As for the pitch, it should remain flat and conducive to batting.
Because the venue has seen a lot of cricket, there are some signs that the surface is slowing down.
Avg score: 116 (17 T20Is in Belfast)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 12, Lost – 4, N/R – 1
Ireland vs South Africa Betting Tips
We will also back South Africa to win this match. Given the strength of the batting and the caliber of South Africa’s bowling attack, it is an easy choice.
South Africa is the favorite to win.
Interesting Stats and Trivia
- Andy Balbirnie needs 33 runs to become Ireland’s fifth player to reach 1000 T20I runs.
- In 2021, Tabraiz Shamsi had his best year as an international. He has already played more matches than any other calendar year, taken more than double the number of wickets, and cut his average in half. This year, he has 21 wickets at 13.28, leads the T20I wicket-takers list, and has the lowest economy rate of the top 10, at 5.47.