Ireland vs South Africa – 3rd T20 International Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Ireland vs South Africa taking place? Saturday, July 24th, 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? 21c, with 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 42 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

IRELAND

  • Chasing a target of 160 runs to win, Ireland were bowled out for just 117 which saw them concede this three-match T20i series to South Africa with a game still to play.
  • Despite two wickets for pace bowler Mark Adair, plus two for opener Paul Stirling with his part-time off-spin were the highlights from Ireland’s bowling performance, before their abject batting display.
  • A second successive score of 0 for Kevin O’Brien at the top of the order could see his position under threat should Ireland look to reshuffle their pack for the final T20i of the series.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa largely had David Miller to thank for their more than competitive score of 159/7 batting first in the second T20i, after the middle order dasher smashed 75 from just 44 balls batting at number six, setting the tone that led to the Proteas victory.
  • Another star showing from leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi saw him weave his magic among the Irish batters, conceding just 14 runs from his four overs and picking up three wickets, whilst slow left-arm bowler Bjorn Fortuin made the most of his opportunity in the team, taking three wickets for the loss of just 16 runs.
  • Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was chosen to be rested in the second T20i, which could lead to him being reinstalled for this final match and Shamsi given a break following fellow spin-bowler Fortuin’s excellent showing last time out.

THE PREDICTION

The difference in quality between the two sides was perhaps at its most evident during Ireland’s unsuccessful run chase in the second T20i, with South Africa’s simply too strong for Andrew Balbirnie’s batting line-up. The Proteas have hugely impressed in this T20i series and their squad depth in particular looks incredibly strong, especially on the bowling front with every player making a contribution when selected. This has allowed captain Temba Bavuma the luxury of fielding a strong team regardless of whether a key player or two have been rested. Whilst dismissing the likes of Balbirnie and Paul Stirling at the top of the order early on will be important, South Africa’s deep batting order combined with their stacked bowling unit is expected to see them through to a victory in this third T20i and a series sweep.

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