In the preceding match, Ireland recorded one of its most memorable ODI triumphs, defeating South Africa. That was not a win against a weakened team, nor was it a win in a rain-affected encounter, nor was it anything else of the sort. This was a triumph in which Ireland just outplayed South Africa and came out on top.
Ireland cannot lose this series now that the opening match has been rained off. South Africa will be keen to win this match to tie the series and earn some ODI Super League points. This series was meant to be a breeze for South Africa, but Ireland has proved that they are not to be underestimated.
The point is, can lightning strike twice? On July 16, 2021, the match will be held in the Village in Dublin.
Match Details to Know
Match – Ireland vs South Africa, 3rd ODI
Venue – The Village, Dublin
Time – 03:15 PM IST
Ireland vs South Africa Team Previews
Ireland played some clever cricket in the second ODI and won a contest that few would have predicted. Andre Balbirnie led the batting effort from the start, scoring a stunning century.
It is no secret that Ireland’s success is primarily reliant on the performances of Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling, but it was encouraging to see other players stand up as well. Although William Porterfield did not play in the last match, Harry Tector and George Dockrell had been in the running.
South Africa’s fielding errors aided Ireland, although the Irish batting performance was superb overall. We also saw some encouraging indicators in the first rained-out encounter, so the final ODI should be no different.
In the previous match, Josh Little, Mark Adair, Craig Young, and Andy McBrine bowled effectively. Simi Singh and George Dockrell were also able to maintain a tight lid on things. They were aided by having a huge total to defend, but it is evident that Ireland has considerably improved in this area over the previous two years or so.
Ireland’s desire to qualify for the World Cup and seize any chance that comes their way is palpable.
Ireland ODI Squad
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (w), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, Graham Kennedy, William Porterfield
After a successful tour of the West Indies, South African cricket has reached a new low. Losing against Ireland is a rare occurrence, especially when both teams are at full strength. At this pace, we can’t help but be concerned about South African cricket’s future.
This match included Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, and Andile Phehlukwayo. South Africa’s finest bowling attack was powerless to stop Ireland from scoring freely. Rabada and Nortje posed a few challenging questions in the beginning but gave away far too many loose deliveries in the end.
Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi are also battling to collect wickets without much help from the surface. To be honest, Phehlukwayo should not be playing as a fifth bowler. He is simply not good enough and will be targeted by every international squad he faces.
South Africa’s failure to win this match is not justified by the absence of Quinton de Kock. Janneman Malan performed admirably, while Rassie van der Dussen also made some helpful runs. However, Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Kyle Verrayne were unable to complete the task.
Of course, this leaves the team’s captain, Temba Bavuma. He has reclaimed the number three spot in the lineup, which is typically reserved for the greatest players. Bavuma is mediocre at best, and elevating himself only serves to harm South Africa.
South Africa was found wanting and will have to take Ireland seriously in their next encounter, which we will expect.
South Africa ODI Squad
Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (w), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Quinton de Kock, Lizaad Williams, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, George Linde, Heinrich Klaasen, Bjorn Fortuin
Ireland vs South Africa Toss Prediction
The team that wins the toss will choose to bat first. Putting up a large total and then protecting it appears to be the best approach for this match’s venue.
Ireland vs South Africa Pitch and Conditions
The prediction for this upcoming match is for a dry and bright day, so the conditions should be ideal. We’ve already observed the surface to be completely flat and ideal for batting. The same will be true for the third ODI. The spinners may come into action as the match progresses, but this will be due to the surface slowing down rather than any spin that they get.
Batting first, a score of about 270-280 should be considered par.
Ireland vs South Africa Betting Tips
Ireland maybe the side that everyone is pulling for, but we don’t advocate betting on them. It is a stronger squad that will cause problems for South Africa, but the quality of South Africa’s players is expected to come through.
The reliance on Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie in Ireland is a vulnerability that can be exploited. A furious South African squad out for vengeance will be difficult to stop.
Because of the outcome of the last match, you are getting some great odds for this one. When in form, South Africa has some genuine batting potential and should get more sixes than Ireland on most days.
Janneman Malan is in excellent form, and Aiden Markram put up a strong performance against the West Indies. This is a good batting duo that has the potential to score a lot of runs in the upcoming match. We expect this team to bounce back well after suffering a defeat in the last encounter.
South Africa is the favorite to win.