Ireland vs South Africa – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Ireland vs South Africa taking place? Monday, July 19th, 2021 – 16:00 (UK)

Where is Ireland vs South Africa taking place? The Village, Malahide, Dublin

What is the expected weather for Ireland vs South Africa? 21c, with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze

What channel is Ireland vs South Africa on? This match will not be televised in the UK

Where can I stream Ireland vs South Africa? The match is not currently scheduled for streaming, although be sure to check the Cricket Ireland Youtube channel on the day of the fixture.

LAST MEETING
The two sides have not met previously in a T20i.

THE TEAM NEWS

IRELAND

  • Ireland were unable to secure a historic series victory against South Africa, after losing the third ODI by 70 runs which saw the two sides draw the series 1-1, still an excellent outcome for a side still relatively new to facing this level of opposition.
  • Chasing 347 was always going to be a difficult task and Ireland were ultimately bowled out for 276, however a fantastic 100 not out from Simi Singh underlined his batting credentials ahead of this upcoming T20i series.
  • The T20i matches should suit Ireland from a batting perspective with numerous big hitters in their side such as Paul Stirling, captain Andrew Balbirnie and all-rounder Curtis Campher, however the bowling may struggle against a strong South African side.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • After being surprisingly beaten in the second ODI, South African pulled themselves together in the final ODI, racking up 346/4 from their 50 overs before bowling the hosts out to secure a tied series.
  • The return to the team of wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock after a period of rest was crucial as he continued his incredible recent form with the bat, scoring 120 in an opening partnership of 225 with Janneman Malan, who anchored the Proteas innings with a majestic 177 not out from 169 balls.
  • Captain Temba Bavuma has plenty of bowling options to choose from heading into this opening T20i, with fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje likely to come into the team after being rested in the third ODI, whilst big hitting all-rounder David Miller should also slot into the side.

THE PREDICTION

Glorious sunshine awaits Ireland and South Africa as they do battle for the first time ever in a T20 fixture in the first of this three-match series. The ODIs proved that the hosts are more than good enough to go toe-to-toe with the Proteas in white ball cricket and as a result, this contest isn’t expected to be a walk over for South Africa. However, the quality of the tourists’ bowling attack at this format of the game is notorious and they will be confident of blunting the firepower that Ireland possesses. Add that to the form of South Africa’s top order batters such as De Kock and Malan and the Proteas look to have all bases covered, which should lead to them picking up the win here. However, be sure to keep an eye on the teams following the toss, as any rotation and resting of key players could well give Ireland a chance.

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