Ireland vs South Africa – 2nd T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Ireland vs South Africa taking place? Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 – 16:00 (UK)

Where is Ireland vs South Africa taking place? Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast

What is the expected weather for Ireland vs South Africa? 24-16c, with bright sunshine and light winds

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
South Africa beat Ireland by 33 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

IRELAND

  • Ireland fell well short of their 166-run target in the first T20i of this three-match series, with none of their batters making a significant total and wickets being lost at regular intervals
  • At one stage, the hosts were 88/9 before an unbroken 44-run partnership for the final wicket between Joshua Little and Mark Adair restored some pride, the latter having already taken three wickets with the ball earlier in the piece.
  • Captain Andrew Balbirnie may wish to rotate his side for the second T20i, with all-rounder Curtis Campher likely to come into the side having been left out of the first match.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa put in a very strong display, particularly with the ball to secure a series lead after putting a competitive score on the board, not allowing any Irish partnership to settle at the crease with the taking of constant wickets.
  • Spin-bowler Tabraiz Shamsi continued to show why he is among the top T20i bowlers in the world, taking four wickets at an economy rate of just four runs per over and he was supported by both Lungi Ngidi and George Linde, who each took two wickets.
  • The Proteas have prioritised rotation throughout this limited overs tour of Ireland, constantly changing their side every game and the same is expected here with fast-bowler Anrich Nortje potentially coming into the starting line-up.

THE PREDICTION

After a slow start to this white ball tour, South Africa have really shown their quality in the past couple of games. After ensuring that the ODI series finished level, the Proteas have carried the momentum from that final 50 over fixture into the T20i series, comfortably beating Ireland in the opening match. The hosts clearly struggled with the class of bowling on show from the tourists and little is likely to change here, assuming that the Proteas don’t give the likes of Shamsi and Rabada a rest. With a batting line-up of decent depth thrown in as well, this South African outfit are expected to continue their winning run. Having said that, be sure to check the starting line-ups before making any moves with rotation rife among the visitors in particular.

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