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    South Africa tour of Ireland (2021)

    The three-match one-day series between South Africa and Ireland is a must-win for both teams as they attempt to break into the qualifying spots for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023.

    Overview

    Ireland v South Africa, 1st ODI
    The Village, Dublin
    11 July; 10:45am local time, 09:45 GMT

    Ireland has played nine matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and won only two, meaning they are 10th in the standings with 20 points. However, they're just 10 points away from breaking into the top eight the automatic qualification slots and will be hopeful of embarking on a run of wins in the series to strengthen their position.

    South Africa are positioned at the bottom of the table, having won one of their three games so far in the series. Their tour of Ireland provides them an opportunity to grab 30 points, a return that will take them to the fifth spot in the standings.

    South Africa have won all of their last five matches against Ireland, and coming in on the back of a successful tour of the Caribbean, they'll be primed to take maximium points.

    Remember the last time

    The two sides went head-to-head last in an ODI in 2016 for a one-off game in Benoni. Temba Bavuma, the current South Africa ODI captain, smashed 113 runs alongside Quinton de Kocks 82 off 66 as the Proteas posted a daunting 354/5.

    Ireland stuttered in their chase, and failed to get a partnership going. They were bowled out for 138 in the 31st over, with JP Duminy returning career-best figures of 4/16 to help South Africa win by 206 runs.

    What they said

    Rassie van der Dussen (South Africa player): "With the new competition structure, every game becomes important. Eoin Morgan [England captain] said there is no such thing as a dead rubber because you get points from every game, and that's the qualification [route] for the World Cup. The priority is to win matches and you've got to pick your strongest team."

    Andy Balbirnie (Ireland Captain): "It gives us two chances to qualify for a World Cup. A lot of people on the outside will look at this and say there's only one team winning this series, and that's fair enough because it's a really impressive South Africa side. I don't have to keep harping on about how good a team they are I think everyone knows there is a big gulf in the teams. But we do have match-winners in our team."


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    Time for some stat padding for SA players

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    Feel bad for Klaassen. Led the team when players ran to IPL or Bavuma got injured but removed ASAP the big guns were back.

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    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, William Porterfield, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker(w), Andy McBrine, Simi Singh, Joshua Little, Craig Young, Mark Adair

    South Africa (Playing XI): Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne(w), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

    South Africa have won the toss and have opted to field

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    IRE 128/2 after 30 overs.

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    IRE 168/2 (38) CRR: 4.42

    5 overs left of the innings for Ireland, as match has been truncated to 43 overs a-side.


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    DUBLIN – Ireland Men laid a strong platform in the first game of the DafaNews ODI Series against South Africa before rain brought about an early end to the first men’s international match played in Ireland since September 2019.

    After a delayed toss, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling made a steady start opening the batting before the former was joined by Andrew Balbirnie to put on a record second-wicket partnership. However, shortly after the No.3 joined Porterfield in passing fifty, the rain became too heavy for play to continue, with sustained wet weather only allowing a short resumption before the match was abandoned.

    It was the tourists, captained by Temba Bavuma, who won the toss and decided to bowl, with the skies cloudy and DLS a potential factor later in the game. However, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi were denied any inroads with the new ball by a diligent opening partnership between Porterfield and Stirling.

    While runs proved hard to come by at first, the pair dug in, left the balls bowled in good areas, and slowly put the pressure back on the Proteas. Porterfield played a controlled edge past the slips off Rabada before flicking comfortably through square leg, Stirling crunched a pull off Ngidi past a diving short midwicket, and though the powerplay score only read 28-0, the pair had laid the platform.

    Soon after, however, the first wicket fell. Andile Phehlukwayo, whose first over had cost 12, came back to strike with the last ball of his second, Stirling top-edging a pull for David Miller to settle under at extra cover.

    That dismissal brought Balbirnie to the crease, and the Ireland captain looked assured instantly. He drove his second ball neatly to the cover fence to bring up the team fifty, and with spin introduced and the opening pair seen off, the run rate began to tick upwards. A steady stream of boundaries helped the hosts along, with fours coming at a rate above one every two overs during their stand.

    In the 26th over, Porterfield brought up his half-century, swinging a free hit from Rabada away to the backward square fence. The former Ireland captain last passed 50 in ODIs more than two years ago, but he has been in stellar form in Inter-Provincial cricket, and transferred his domestic form to the international stage.

    Porterfield was eventually dismissed in the 31st over by Tabraiz Shamsi, a review revealing he had gloved over the keeper’s head for slip to run around and complete the catch. The second -wicket partnership had added 87 runs, a record for Ireland against South Africa for any wicket in men’s ODIs.

    Balbirnie was undeterred, nailing a sweep off Keshav Maharaj in the next over, and tucking a couple off his hips when Ngidi was reintroduced to bring up his 18th fifty-plus score in ODIs. However, three balls after he had brought up the milestone, the rain became too strong for play to continue.

    The first delay was a short one, reducing the game to a 43 overs-per-side affair. Ireland showed good intent after the resumption in an action-packed period of play, with wickets lost mattering little.

    Balbirnie drilled Shamsi through cover and sliced Phehlukwayo through third man before chipping Rabada to midwicket. Tector smashed Rabada for six and then four before outside-edging the quick to the keeper. But the most eye-catching cameo came courtesy of Mark Adair, promoted in pursuit of a big finish.

    The all-rounder deftly struck his second ball for six, arching his back to play a well-timed uppercut off Ngidi which landed directly on the rope. His next big shot, off Rabada, was pure power, a full toss clubbed over long-on and out of the stadium. But one ball later the rain became steadier, and the match was paused again. This time, the delay would be a permanent one.

    The second match of the DafaNews ODI Series takes place on Tuesday, 13 July at the same venue.

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v South Africa Men, 1st ODI DafaNews Cup, Malahide Cricket Club, 11 July 2021

    Ireland 195-4 (40.2 overs; A Balbirnie 65, W Porterfield 63; K Rabada 2-43)

    South Africa Did not bat

    Match abandoned



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    South Africa need 109 runs in 71 balls to win the match.

    2nd Odi.

    6 wickets remaining

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    Ireland scored 290/5 batting first.

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    South Africa need 107 in 11 overs , 5 wickets remaining and Miller on strike.

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    Miller is the only man standing between Ireland and victory.

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    Van der dussen batted too slow.

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    Has the pitch become difficult for batting ? Why have SA batted so slow and struggled ? Even Phelukwayo look at how he has played.

    SA now need 92 runs in 8 overs.

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    Okay Miller also gone..good victory for Ireland here then

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    Ireland on the verge of a historic victory.

    They can't lose the series either now.

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    Congratulations to IRE! Happy for them.They would've won the first ODI if not for rain.

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    Congrats Ireland. Basically have the game in the bag.

    South Africa cricket however continues to plunge into murkier waters

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    Anyone scoring a century for South Africa and winning the game would have been dubbed as soft runs and stat padding by many people who have never lifted a bat themselves let alone playing international cricket for their country.

    This is why every match and every international run you score for your country is important and is of immense value.

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    Oh dear! This is another humiliating loss for South Africa. They have really gone downhill, losing matches to minnows now.

    It looks ridiculous thinking now that their main players left an important series midway and then quarantined in India for IPL.

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    Ireland won by 43 runs.


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    Congrats to Ireland, outplayed SA with the bat as well as with the bowl.

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    Well done ireland!!

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    Congratulations to Ireland for beating SA.Ireland beat England last year,chased 329 in 3rd ODI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artaxerxes View Post
    Congratulations to Ireland for beating SA.Ireland beat England last year,chased 329 in 3rd ODI
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    Ireland skipper, Andrew Balbirnie, hit 102 from 117 balls to lead his team to victory over the Proteas by 43 runs in the second One Day International (ODI) at Malahide Cricket Club on Tuesday. The hosts go 1-0 up in the three-match series after the opening match was washed out on Sunday.

    Ireland outplayed South Africa in all three facets of the game, starting with Balbirnie, Harry Tector (79 off 68 balls), George Dockrell (45 off 23) and Andy McBrine (30 off 47) shining with the bat. They were able to secure four partnerships of 50 or more, their captain featuring in three of them, starting with the opening stand of 64 runs with Paul Stirling (27) before Keshav Maharaj (1/50) bowled the latter out in the 14th over.

    He followed that up with 60 runs for the second wicket with McBrine and topped it off with a 70-run, third-wicket partnership with Tector. The gears shifted when Dockrell joined Tector and they put on 90 runs off 46 deliveries for the fourth wicket to give them a solid total of 290/5 in the end.

    South Africa’s bowlers struggled to gain wickets, not helped by the fielding performance that saw four catches put down. Andile Phehlukwayo was the most successful bowler with two wickets for 73 runs while Tabraiz Shamsi (1/42) and Kagiso Rabada (1/58) got one wicket each.

    The tourists’ batting reply was also lacking the energy of the home team, as they struggled with the low and slow conditions of Malahide. Janneman Malan (84 off 96) and Rassie van der Dussen (49 off 70) nevertheless laid a good foundation with a 108-run, third-wicket partnership after the losses of Aiden Markram (5) and captain Temba Bavuma (10) up front.

    The rest of the line-up failed to kick on and only David Miller (24) was able to go past the 20-run mark.

    McBrine (2/34), Adair (2/43) and Josh Little (2/45) were the pick of the bowlers, taking six wickets between them as they reduced the Proteas to 247, winning the match with nine balls to spare.

    The third and final fixture will take place on Friday at the same venue and will be South Africa’s last chance to at least level the series and add vital points to their ICC Men’s World Cup Super League campaign for automatic qualification into the 2023 World Cup in India.



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    Andrew Balbirnie delivered a captain’s knock as Ireland Men pulled off their first-ever victory over South Africa in the second game of the DafaNews Cup ODI series at Malahide..

    The 30-year-old’s knock of 102 was followed by a fine 79 from Harry Tector as Ireland set the Proteas an imposing target of 291. The visitors responded strongly through a third-wicket stand of 108 between Janneman Malan and Rassie van der Dussen, but Ireland’s bowling attack fought back to help secure a historic 43-run win.

    After Temba Bavuma won the toss and chose to bowl, Balbirnie – opening the batting after William Porterfield was ruled out of the match with an injured finger - and Paul Stirling got the Ireland innings off to a solid start, putting on 64 for the first wicket. While Stirling enjoyed some luck – he was dropped twice in his innings of 27 - Balbirnie looked in fine touch from the get-go, reeling off five boundaries as he moved to 23.

    Keshav Maharaj was the man to break through for South Africa, bouncing back from a Stirling boundary to bowl the big-hitting right-hander in the 14th over. Andrew McBrine was the next man in for Ireland, batting above No.6 for the first time in his international career. While Balbirnie advanced to fifty off 51 deliveries, the left-hander at the other end was watchful in the early stages of his innings, reaching 22 off 44 deliveries. Then came the attack as McBrine deposited Tabraiz Shamsi for back-to-back fours. But the left-arm wrist-spinner had his revenge immediately, with McBrine failing to connect with a reverse sweep to be trapped LBW and depart for 30.

    Tector arrived next at the crease and was in some trouble straight away – Shamsi managed to find the 21-year-old’s outside edge but Kyle Verreynne was unable to hold on behind the stumps. Tector’s difficult start continued as Anrich Nortje launched a short-ball barrage and managed to strike the helmet with one particularly vicious delivery.

    But Tector eventually found his flow, hitting Maharaj for six in the 36th over before delivering another maximum in the 37th off Andile Phehlukwayo. Balbirnie, dropped by Kagiso Rabada on 74, continued to nurdle at the other end and a seventh ODI century was his reward, with three figures reached from 114 deliveries.

    In a bid to up the ante, Balbirnie fell for 102 as he tried to loft one down the ground, but then came a sparkling partnership between Tector and George Dockrell. After facing just three deliveries, Dockrell smashed Rabada for six to set the tone for his innings – when he departed from the final ball of the innings, he had 45 runs to his name after facing just 23 deliveries. The introduction of Dockrell appeared to lift Tector too as he joined in on the fun, launching a full toss from Rabada for a huge six over midwicket. Their partnership was worth 90, despite lasting just 46 deliveries.

    Malan provided an explosive start to South Africa in their chase, racing to 20 from 14 deliveries, but his partner Aiden Markram fell for 5 to Craig Young before Bavuma pulled Josh Little to Dockrell for 10 to leave South Africa 51-2. From there Malan and van der Dussen went to work – while the former finished with seven fours and four sixes in his impressive 84, the latter made sure to run hard, collecting just two boundaries on his way to 49.

    Dockrell made the key breakthrough, getting Malan to find Mark Adair at deep midwicket, and van der Dussen fell just seven deliveries later as McBrine trapped him in front of his stumps. Regular breakthroughs followed as every member of Ireland’s attack claimed at least one scalp each. Rabada threatened to cause disruption after smashing two sixes, but he was dismissed in dramatic fashion: after Keshav Maharaj found Curtis Campher’s hands from a waist-high no-ball, the Ireland fielder remained alert to run out Rabada, who was out of his ground at the wicketkeeper’s end, with the help of Lorcan Tucker.

    Mark Adair, who took two in two in the 49th over, wrapped things up and the celebrations followed – Ireland could rejoice in a momentous win.

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v South Africa Men, 2nd ODI DafaNews Cup, Malahide Cricket Club, 13 July 2021


    Ireland 290-5 (50 overs; A Balbirnie 102, H Tector 79, G Dockrell 45; A Phehlukwayo 2-73)

    South Africa 247 (48.3 overs; J Malan 84, R van der Dussen 49; A McBrine 2-34)

    Ireland won by 43 runs



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    South Africa batted slowly really. They were missing the quick start they get from QDk early on.

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    Harry Tector and Josh Little are the future of Ireland team. Both player important role in today's. Barring 2-3 all players are local which is a very great thing. Inside 12 months, Ireland has won games against England and SA. They deserve more matches against top sides.

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    Just a supreme display.

    I'm actually convinced we'd have won the first game as well as that was a much tougher track and conditions than today and we were on for a similar score.

    There's big potential in the crop of players we have, just need the ICC funding to enable a fully semi professional domestic scene and facilities


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    Wow! Big upset.

    Well done, Ireland.

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    Ireland wins their first game against a proper SA side and hardly celebrate a win and here in Pakistan, Haris Rauf takes a wicket of tailender and celebrates as if he's got Kohli out on a duck in WC final.

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    Ireland eye historic series win against South Africa

    With Ireland leading the series 1-0, the final one-day international offers the host a chance to clinch their first-ever series victory over South Africa.

    Overview

    Ireland v South Africa, 3rd ODI
    The Village, Dublin
    16 July, 10:45am local

    Ireland’s rise up the ranks in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League standings (powered by MRF Tyres) has been a result of a strong batting display that has powered them to fifth position with 35 points.

    Their captain Andy Balbirnie led by example in both the ODIs with a fifty in the first followed by a century in the second that set the tone for the hosts to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

    It is not just the batting that has come to the party, the Irish bowling line-up has proven gravitas as well. To bowl out the Proteas batting to 247 after when they were cruising on 159/2 in the 32nd over was a remarkable feat.

    Remember the last time
    The hosts were provided with a stable platform to post a competitive first-innings total of 290/5 that proved more than enough with key contributions from every batter. South Africa in response had opener Janneman Malan taking control of the game but with wickets tumbling all around, they drifted away from a possible win and the team bundled out for 247, giving Ireland a 43-run win.


    What they said:
    Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland captain): “If you would have told me that we would have been up after two games, I would have taken that. It is the first time that we have beaten South Africa and that’s huge in itself. We have a chance to create history. We have a chance to beat South Africa in a series which will be unprecedented.”

    Temba Bevuma (South Africa captain): "I wouldn't think we took it lightly [by resting de Kock and Ngidi]. There's a lot for us to work on, well done to them. The plan in the first powerplay was to take wickets. Our fielding let us down. The momentum was always on their side.”

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    Chance for Ireland for an historic series win against South Africa today.

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    South Africa (Playing XI): Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker(w), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little

    South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat

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    SA batting first .

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    DUBLIN – Simi Singh struck an impressive maiden ODI ton, but Janneman Malan’s 177 not out led South Africa to a 70-run win over Ireland in the third and final ODI of the DafaNews Cup in Malahide.

    After South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first, Malan shared a mammoth 225-run opening partnership with Quinton de Kock as the pair both hit centuries. Ireland were reduced to 92-6 after being set a tough target of 347, and although Simi Singh led a lower-order resistance with a memorable maiden international hundred, the Proteas eventually secured a 70-run win to level the series at 1-1.

    De Kock, playing his first match of the series, and Malan were in control from the get-go in South Africa’s innings, bringing up their century partnership inside 19 overs. The experienced left-hander showed off his fluent stroke play while Malan carried on the form he showed in the previous ODI on Tuesday when he top-scored for the Proteas with 84.

    There was little jeopardy for South Africa in the middle overs as the pair both nurdled and kept the boundaries coming, and it was de Kock who initially played the starring role: his 16th ODI century was reached off just 83 deliveries, and he refused to relent afterwards. George Dockrell bore witness to this: his third over began with a de Kock four down the ground and the former South Africa captain followed it up with back-to-back sixes. The same over saw Malan move to his second ODI century in just his seventh appearance.

    Ireland’s first breakthrough arrived just moments later, however, with de Kock pulling a Singh delivery to Mark Adair on the leg-side boundary – the Northern Knights all-rounder held on and showed great awareness to make sure his feet didn’t touch the rope.

    Nonetheless, Malan kept on going, moving past his own international-best of 129* and ending with the fourth-highest score by a South Africa batsman in ODIs. The Ireland bowlers did bounce back with wickets at the death – Josh Little was the pick of the attack with two scalps to his name – but South Africa finished on an imposing 346-4 as the opener batted through the 50 overs.

    South Africa turned to spin with the new ball and it was a move that paid off handsomely as Keshav Mahraj managed to dislodge both Andrew Balbirnie and Paul Stirling with outside edges to Malan at slip. Andy McBrine continued at No.3 after hitting 30 in the second ODI and showed early promise with consecutive fours on the off-side off Anrich Nortje. But he departed to Lizaad Williams’ first ball in ODIs to leave Ireland three down inside eight overs.

    Harry Tector began the rebuild alongside Dockrell, but a promising 54-run partnership was ended when Tabraiz Shamsi had the 21-year-old out LBW. Dockrell edged behind to Andile Phehlukwayo in the next over as Ireland’s hopes of securing a series win slipped away.

    But Curtis Campher and Singh refused to go down without a fight – the pair put on 104 for the seventh wicket, with Campher moving to his fourth ODI half-century just eight innings into his international career. While Campher departed for 54 in the 37th over, Singh advanced to the highest score of his international career, moving past his previous-best of 56 with a hefty thump for four to the long-on boundary off Williams. An edge flew for four to the third-man boundary from the very next ball as Singh went on the attack.

    While Shamsi struck two blows in the 42nd over to leave Ireland nine down, Craig Young held on at the other end as Singh searched for three figures. The landmark was reached with a quickly-run two after a drive wide of long-off from the final ball of the 47th over, and Singh was to remain unbeaten as Young perished from the next delivery of the match.

    The result means that both sides take 15 World Cup Super League points from the series.


    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v South Africa Men, 3rd ODI DafaNews Cup, Malahide Cricket Club, 16 July 2021

    South Africa 346-4 (50 overs; J Malan 177*, Q de Kock 120; J Little 2-53)
    Ireland 276 (47.1 overs; S Singh 100*, C Campher 54; T Shamsi 3-46)

    South Africa won by 70 runs


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    DUBLIN: Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock smashed a century apiece to set up a 70-run victory for the Proteas over Ireland in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) at Malahide Cricket Club on Friday. The win means that the series is drawn one-all, following the washout of the first fixture earlier this week.

    Malan’s career-best 177 not out was the fourth-highest individual ODI score by a South African. His impressive knock included 16 fours and six sixes. De Kock smashed 11 boundaries and five maximums for his 91-ball 120.

    Their opening stand of 225 runs ensured that Rassie van der Dussen was given the perfect platform to accelerate the run rate as he came to the crease following De Kock’s demise to Simi Singh (1/52) at the start of the 37th over. Van der Dussen contributed 30 runs off 28 balls before his dismissal at the hands of Craig Young (1/61), helping to keep the scoreboard ticking and guiding South Africa to a daunting 346/4 at the end of their 50 overs.

    Andile Phehlukwayo made a short appearance, departing for six (5 balls), but what he lacked with the bat, he made up for with the ball (3/56). He and Tabraiz Shamsi (3/46) were the pick of the South African bowlers, taking three wickets each as they mowed through the opposition in their reply.

    Keshav Maharaj, who opened the bowling, was his reliable self, claiming two for 51 while Lizaad Williams (1/62) picked up a maiden ODI wicket off his first delivery of the day. Anrich Nortje (1/37) also chipped in with the final wicket of Young, who was caught by Bavuma for eight after the visitors struggled to round off the tail following a good bowling start up front.

    Resistance with the bat came from Singh and former South Africa under-19 player, Curtis Campher. The former recorded his maiden ODI century, striking at 109,89 (91 balls) and the latter struck 54 at a run a ball, but it was not enough. Ireland were bowled out for 276 in 47.1 overs, Singh unbeaten for 100 on the dot.

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    Obligatory victorious @Buffet tag before our only ever win/series tie descends to obscurity


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    Can Mark Boucher's South Africa start off with a win in todays T20I?
    This will be the first time faceoff for both teams in this format
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    Ireland have won the toss and have opted to field

    Ireland (Playing XI): Andrew Balbirnie(c), Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker(w), Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little

    South Africa (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi


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    Ire 70/7

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    The wicket wasn't very friendly for batting..it shows how SA have dismantled Ireland during the chase.

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    RSA 165/7 (20)

    IRE 132/9 (20)

    South Africa won by 33 runs

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    DUBLIN – Ireland succumbed to a 33-run defeat in the first game of the DafaNews T20 series against South Africa, with left-arm wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, the world’s No.1 ranked T20I bowler, spinning a web around the hosts in the chase.

    Ireland Men’s captain Andrew Balbirnie won the toss and elected to bowl, and will have been pleased by his side’s effort in the field. South Africa got off to a flier, with Quinton de Kock hitting four of his first seven balls for boundaries, including a mighty six over midwicket off Barry McCarthy. But Mark Adair removed him soon after, enticing a miscue to mid-off, and the fightback was underway.

    Adair was the next to strike, removing Janneman Malan, in form from the ODI series, after a juggling catch by Simi Singh, and it was the off-spinner who supplied the next wicket, Temba Bavuma attempting a reverse sweep but only succeeding in edging behind.

    The Proteas regrouped, the next four overs passing without a wicket falling but also without a boundary scored, before Rassie van der Dussen attempted to release the shackles. He smashed George Dockrell for four and six in consecutive balls before cutting the first ball of Josh Little’s second over for four. The left-armer struck back immediately however, with van der Dussen toe-ending a drive to Balbirnie at cover, and another tight over from Singh followed.

    The pattern of a brief burst of boundaries followed by a downfall continued, with Aiden Markram striking three of his last eight balls for four or six before some creativity from Singh outfoxed the powerful South African. Predominantly an off-spinner, he unfurled a well-disguised leggie, turning the ball away from Markram and deceiving him in the flight for Lorcan Tucker to complete the stumping. The twirler was the pick of the Ireland bowlers, conceding just one boundary and ending with figures of 2-19 from his four overs.

    Five down, the tourists had little choice but to consolidate. Just two boundaries came between overs 15 and 19, with George Linde skying Adair to Singh and David Miller nicking Little behind. Kagiso Rabada gave the Proteas a final flourish, smashing the first four balls of the final over to the fence to leave Ireland needing 166 to win.

    The pursuit got off to the best possible start, with Paul Stirling slog-sweeping a six off George Linde’s first delivery, but the hard-hitting opener was dismissed next ball, sweeping again but missing this time, and wickets continued to tumble thereafter.

    Kevin O’Brien, returning to the side after his retirement from ODI cricket, chipped his first ball back to Kagiso Rabada, but Balbirnie hit back, striking three of his next five balls to the fence. But the introduction of Lungi Ngidi changed the contest. The right-arm quick struck with the first ball of each of his first two overs, with Balbirnie and Dockrell each edging behind.

    From there, it was over to Player of the Match Shamsi. The mystery spinner claimed four of the next five wickets to fall, and by the time he was done the game was nearly over too, with Ireland nine down and still short of three figures. Singh and Shane Getkate were both bowled, the former missing a loopy delivery with an attempted sweep, and the latter fooled by a wrong-un which hit off-stump, while Mark Adair holed out to long-off for a duck. Linde chipped in with the wicket of Tucker in the midst of Shamsi’s spell.

    Harry Tector threatened to mount a resistance, striking three fours in his 36, but was stumped off Shamsi, the ball turning away as he danced down the track, and with more than seven overs left to bat, it appeared likely the hosts would be bowled out well short of using their full allocation. But Barry McCarthy, making his 50th appearance for Ireland across formats, signalled his intent by lustily driving the final ball of Shamsi’s spell to the fence.

    He and Little battled gamely, though without raising hopes of an upset. They ticked the strike over to start with before striking a boundary in each of the last four overs, the last of which, a six over midwicket from the bat of Little, set a new record for the highest tenth-wicket partnership in T20Is by a Full Member side, with the unbeaten 44-run stand overtaking the 36 put on by New Zealand’s Tim Southee and Seth Rance against Sri Lanka in 2019.

    Each surpassed their best score in international cricket to give the home fans something to cheer, but South Africa still wrapped up a comfortable victory by 33 runs.

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v South Africa Men, 1st T20I DafaNews Cup, Malahide Cricket Club, 19 July 2021



    South Africa 165-7 (20 overs; A Markram 39; M Adair 3-39, S Singh 2-19, J Little 2-27)

    Ireland 132-9 (20 overs; H Tector 36, B McCarthy 30*; T Shamsi 4-27)


    South Africa won by 33 runs



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    Ireland eye fightback in second T20I against South Africa
    IRE v SA, second T20I, preview


    Ireland face a must-win game against South Africa, who lead the series 1-0 with only two matches to go.

    Overview

    Ireland v South Africa, 2nd T20I

    Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast

    22 July, 16:00 Local


    Even if the South African batting line-up has floundered once in a while, their bowlers have often brought them back in the game, with Tabraiz Shamsi proving to be the kingpin of the visitors' bowling operations. He returned a brilliant 4/27 to see South Africa to victory in the first T20I clash.

    However, Ireland have shown sparks of being able to take down the South Africans. Their bowling has challenged the visitors and allowed them to dictate terms but it is the batting that needs to come to assistance to cross the line.

    Remember the last time

    South Africa posted a total of 165/7 that was deemed below par but it was the bowling unit led by the No.1 T20I bowler, Tabraiz Shamsi, that covered up for the effort.


    Ireland in their chase could never retort as wickets fell at regular intervals. A fightback came from the number 10 and 11 batters, Barry McCarthy and Josh Little respectively, who resisted with a 38-ball 44 run stand but could only take Ireland to 132 which meant the Proteas took the first T20I with 33 runs.

    What they said

    Temba Bevuma (South Africa captain): “We always backed our bowling. Super happy with the bowling. Bowling has been our strength and we hope it continues to be that way. It helps to have a mystery spinner in the line-up.”

    Mark Adair (Ireland player): “T20 cricket can be a complicated game at times, but from game one we know that if we just closed out their innings better, and started ours a bit better. We just need to simplify our game plan - I don’t think we need to do anything too different, we just need to be aware of how we go about executing our plans and getting people within the team involved."

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    Ireland have been slightly sloppy after getting their first win against South Africa.

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    South Africa (Playing XI): Temba Bavuma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker(w), Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little

    South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat


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    Ireland:

    1 Paul Stirling, 2 Kevin O'Brien, 3 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell, 6 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 7 Shane Getkate, 8 Simi Singh, 9 Mark Adair, 10 Josh Little, 11 Craig Young

    South Africa:

    1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Janneman Malan, 4 Aiden Markram 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 David Miller, 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Bjorn Fortuin, 9 Beuran Hendricks, 10 Lungi Ngidi 11 Tabraiz Shamsi


    South Africa have opted to bat

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    Ireland get Bavuma off second ball of the innings , great start

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    Stirling strikes again , Malan gone !

    Bad start by SA

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    50 . 4

    after 8 overs

    SA struggling here , they need a very good partnership down the order

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    Maybe Ireland could level the series today if they bat well.

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    62-5

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    Ireland need 114 runs in 73 balls. RRR: 9.36

    If Ireland bat well they have a chance

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    Ireland have lost too many wickets , its getting difficult for them

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    Ireland need 93 runs in 54 balls. RRR: 10.33


    Ireland need a few lusty blows right now to come close.

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    Four

    good shot , they need some more of those.

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    Ireland may come close with some lusty blows , but match is lost .

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    Ireland bowling is decent in home conditions but batting very weak.

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    BELFAST – South Africa clinched the DafaNews Cup T20 Series with a 42-run win at Stormont, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead.

    David Miller was the hero for the Proteas, rescuing South Africa after an Irish surge with the ball, before regular wickets pegged back the hosts in reply.

    South Africa won the toss and elected to bat, but it was Ireland’s bowling effort that got off to the perfect start, with Paul Stirling taking the new ball in the sweltering heat and striking twice in the first over. The two wickets came in near-identical fashion, Temba Bavuma and then Janneman Malan each slicing to Josh Little in the gully.

    Mark Adair then bowled Aiden Markram, and while Quinton de Kock played some inventive strokes, twice scooping Little over fine leg, but he fell to Simi Singh’s first delivery, pinned lbw. That brought Miller to the crease, but he began slowly, and Rassie van der Dussen’s dismissal, nicking Little behind off the last ball of the 10th over, left South Africa 58-5 at the halfway stage.

    From there Wiaan Mulder and Miller put on the game’s largest and most important stand, doubling the score and laying the platform for a remarkable assault from the hard-hitting No.5. The pair took their time at first, with just one boundary coming between the 10th and 15th over, with a drop of Miller in this period, when he had just 19, proving crucial. But a six off the last ball of Singh’s final over, smashed over deep midwicket by Miller, signalled a change in intent.

    A pair of fours came in the next over before Mulder smashed six and four off consecutive Adair deliveries, and while he fell to the first ball of the 18th over, that only prompted Miller to take on the charge himself. On 37 when Mulder fell, he more than doubled his score in the next 2.5 overs, facing 12 balls for 38 runs in this stretch. The last over brought a stunning assault, with four sixes smashed as South Africa finished with a flourish.

    Ireland struggled to get going in reply, Kevin O’Brien falling to the last ball of the first over, chipping back to bowler Bjorn Fortuin. A mammoth slog sweep from Paul Stirling gave the Irish fans some reason to cheer, taking him past Brendon McCullum into 10th in the all-time men’s T20I run-scorers charts, but the dismissal of Andrew Balbirnie tempered their joy, de Kock settling under a spiralling top edge.

    Dockrell and Stirling briefly gave Ireland hope, with the former striking four and six off consecutive Mulder balls, the latter a spectacular, lunging lofted drive. But a spell of three wickets in three overs stymied the Irish charge. Stirling hit Tabraiz Shamsi, Player of the Match in the first game, to deep midwicket. Harry Tector got a leading edge off Aiden Markram to cover, where Fortuin took a good catch diving forward. And Dockrell handed Shamsi another, holing out to long-on, Markram taking a leaping catch to deny the all-rounder a maximum.

    At the halfway stage, Ireland were 56-5, only two runs behind South Africa at the same stage, and with the same wickets lost. Shane Getkate threatened to play the David Miller role, racing to 24 off 17 as 30 runs were plundered off the next three overs, and striking two powerful sixes down the ground. But he slog-swept Shamsi to Bavuma at midwicket before a two-wicket over from Fortuin effectively decided the contest, Lorcan Tucker bowled and Singh stumped after coming down the track and inside-edging into his pad.

    Craig Young fell for a duck before another combative last-wicket stand held South Africa up. Adair squeezed a wide yorker out to deep point for four, before a delicate glide from Little brought another boundary, but the partnership was in vain. It was Little’s wicket who brought the contest to an end, a slower-ball yorker from Lungi Ngidi beating a leg-side swipe and giving the Proteas a comfortable victory.


    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v South Africa Men, 2nd T20I DafaNews Cup, Stormont, 22 July 2021

    South Africa 159-7 (20 overs; D Miller 75*; P Stirling 2-12, M Adair 2-33)
    Ireland 117 (19.3 overs; S Getkate 24; T Shamsi 3-14, B Fortuin 3-16)

    South Africa won by 42 runs


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    BELFAST: David Miller smashed an unbeaten 75 off 44 deliveries to set up victory by 42 runs for the Proteas at Stormont Cricket Club on Thursday. The visitors take an unassailable, 2-0 lead in the three-match series which ends on Saturday, 24 July.

    The batting innings did not get off to a good start. After winning the toss, South Africa lost two wickets in the opening over by Paul Stirling (2/12). Temba Bavuma and Janneman Malan departed without scoring after both were caught by Josh Little. Quinton de Kock tried to stabilize the innings with Aiden Markram but lost his partner to Mark Adair in the fourth over for eight.

    De Kock was next to depart, trapped leg before by Simi Singh (1/26) for 27 off 20 deliveries, leaving South Africa rocked on 38/4 at the start of the seventh over. Miller entered the fray after the team lost Rassie van der Dussen for six. He shared the face-saving and match-winning, 58-run, sixth-wicket partnership with Wiaan Mulder (36 off 26).

    The tourists lost both Mulder and Bjorn Fortuin (5 off 4) in the 18th and 19th overs, but Miller still had some fireworks in store for the bowlers. He smashed four sixes in the final over and gave his bowling unit a solid score to defend as South Africa closed their innings on 159/7.

    The bowlers did not disappoint. The spin duo of Tabraiz Shamsi (3/14) and Bjorn Fortuin (3/16) led the charge, picking up six wickets between them. While some dropped catches saw opportunities lost, Beuran Hendricks managed to return an impressive 2/28 in his first appearance for the team on the tour and was accompanied well by Lungi Ngidi (1/14) and Markram (1/17) in their hauling out of the home team for 117 in the end.


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    With an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20I series, South Africa wil be hoping to effect a clean sweep and boost their confidence ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021.

    Overview:

    Ireland vs South Africa, third T20I
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    South Africa have done well so far in the shortest format. They won the T20I series in West Indies last month, and already have the Ireland one in the bag. With the T20 World Cup barely three months away, the visitors will be looking to strengthen their batting prowess, which has not yet actualised its potential so far in this series.

    Ireland suffered defeats in both the T20Is so far, but showed grit to challenge the Proteas, especially with the ball in hand. Much like South Africa, their batting woes have troubled them considerably, handicapping the side in their efforts to win the big moments in a match.

    Remember the last time

    Ireland got off to an unbelievable start in the second T20I when they reduced South Africa to 2/2 after the first over. They picked up wickets at regular intervals, sending half of the South African side back to the pavilion by the 10th over with only 58 on the board. However, David Miller turned the tables in the second half of the innings, smashing a 44-ball 75* to help the visitors post a respectable 159/7.

    Bjorn Fortuin then dismissed Kevin O'Brien in Ireland's first over to disrupt the hosts' chase. Their captain Andy Balbirnie also perished early. By the 10th over, Ireland found themselves in a similar position to South Africa, with 56/5 on the board. Lorcan Tucker and Shane Getake hit a couple of big blows, but the resistance didn't last long. The Proteas kept a firm lid on the scoring rate and eventually bowled out the hosts for just 117.


    What they said

    Pholetsi Moseki (CSA Acting Chief Executive): "The priority is to get the Proteas battle-hardened and ready for the immediate challenge that awaits them at the ICC T20 World Cup towards the end of the year and, by winning successive away series against world champions, the West Indies, as well as Ireland, they have provided a good indication that they are on the right track."

    Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland captain): "The pitch played okay. Probably a little slower than we anticipated but we kept them to 160. If we had built a partnership, we would have gotten closer but naturally, we didn't get going. It is disappointing, yes of course, but we have another cracker on Saturday."


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    South Africa have won the toss and have opted to bat

    South Africa (Playing XI): Reeza Hendricks, Temba Bavuma(c), Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen(w), David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo, George Linde, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Lizaad Williams

    Ireland (Playing XI): Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker(w), Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Barry McCarthy, Benjamin White


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    Ireland:

    1 Paul Stirling, 2 Kevin O Brien, 3 Andrew Balbirnie (capt), 4 Harry Tector, 5 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 6 Shane Getkate, 7 Simi Singh, 8 Mark Adair, 9 Craig Young, 10 Barry McCarthy, 11 Benjamin White

    South Africa:

    1 Reeza Hendricks, 2 Temba Bavuma (capt), 3 Aiden Markram 4 David Miller, 5 Heinrich Klaasen (wk), 6 Wiaan Mulder, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 George Linde, 9 Bjorn Fortuin, 10 Beuran Hendricks, 11 Lizaad Williams

    South Africa have won the toss and decided to bat

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    SA have made lot of changes , this is the best opportunity for Ireland to win one here

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    74 after 11 overs , steady start by SA

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    Its time for SA to start taking some chances , they have all the wickets in hand

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    SA are accelerating here , they are doing well.

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    SA need to send in Miller whenever the first wicket falls , he is the man who can play big shots

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    110 after 14 overs

    SA need to get another 60 runs minimum from here

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    Temba gets his fifty of 42 balls

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    Hendricks gone !

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    18 balls left , SA should look for 180 plus total here

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    RSA 189/2 (20)
    IRE 9/0 (1.2) CRR: 6.75 REQ: 9.7
    Ireland need 181 runs

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    Half-centuries from each of South Africa’s openers and a disciplined combined bowling display consigned Ireland to their third defeat of the DafaNews Cup T20 series, despite an improved batting performance from the hosts.

    Proteas captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and elected to bat, and did the bulk of the work setting an imposing total himself, with his 51-ball 72 marking his maiden fifty in T20I cricket. Reeza Hendricks added 69, and between them they put on 127, South Africa’s highest stand in T20I cricket against Ireland, and their best partnership for the first wicket against anyone in men’s cricket since 2009.

    To begin with they were kept in check by Ireland, scoring at just over a run a ball in the first 10 overs, with only five boundaries coming in the first half of the innings. Simi Singh began economically, continuing his good form from the first two T20Is, while debutant Ben White grew into the game, conceding just four runs from his second over and twice nearly bringing the first breakthrough, beating a Hendricks slog sweep with some sharp turn, and then enticing an inside-edge from the same batsman, with his pad intervening to avert further damage.

    A dropped chance in the 11th over brought about the second six of the day, White tipping a shot from Hendricks off Singh over the rope. The moment seemed almost to galvanise the tourists, with at least 10 runs coming off each of the last 10 overs.

    Singh struck in the 15th over, Hendricks edging a reverse-sweep behind, but that only brought David Miller to the crease. He smashed an unbeaten 17-ball 36, enough to seal him the Player of the Series award, with Bavuma the only other wicket to fall, holing out to Mark Adair at deep square off Barry McCarthy. South Africa’s 189-2 was the highest score of the series.

    Ireland had positives to take with the bat, also making their best total of the three-game encounter. While Kevin O’Brien fell early, Paul Stirling started strongly, with an expansive lofted six over extra cover arguably the shot of the day.

    He departed for 19, a leading edge swirling to third man, but Andrew Balbirnie carried on, striking four boundaries in his 27 before being pinned lbw by George Linde. Still, at the halfway stage Ireland were 75-3, three wickets worse off than South Africa, but ahead on runs at the equivalent point in the innings.

    However, the first ball in the second 10 overs brought Lorcan Tucker’s enterprising knock to an end, inside-edging Wiaan Mulder’s first ball to the keeper, and the all-rounder struck again with the last ball of his first over, Aiden Markram completing a diving catch at the long-on rope to see off Harry Tector. A mini-slide, including two run outs, saw Ireland slip from 92-5 to 102-8, Singh, Shane Getkate and Adair falling in quick succession.

    As in the first two games, Ireland’s tail rallied, though again with little hope of changing the course of the contest. This time it was Craig Young and Barry McCarthy, the former more than doubling his career run tally in one knock, and the latter fresh from a career-best of his own in his most recent innings. They put on 33 in three overs, each striking a six, before Young sliced an expansive drive into the off-side, with Mulder taking a good catch running backwards.

    White and McCarthy ensured Ireland batted out the overs, but South Africa ran out comprehensive winners, with Bavuma claiming the Player of the Match award as well as the series trophy.

    MATCH SUMMARY

    Ireland Men v South Africa Men, 3rd T20I DafaNews Cup, Stormont, 24 July 2021

    South Africa 189-2 (20 overs; T Bavuma 72, R Hendricks 69; S Singh 1-27)
    Ireland 140-9 (20 overs; A Balbirnie 27, C Young 22; P Mulder 2-10)

    South Africa won by 49 runs

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    Proteas captain, Temba Bavuma, notched up his maiden T20 international half-century and, along with Reeza Hendricks, laid the Proteas a solid foundation on which to build their three-nil series white-wash against Ireland in Stormont on Saturday. The visitors won the match by 49 runs to conclude a successful nine weeks away from home.

    South Africa posted 189/2 in their allotted overs after Bavuma won the toss and elected to bat first. He top-scored with a career-best 72 runs from 51 deliveries (6x4s, 2x6s) while Hendricks contributed 69 off 48 (7x4s, 1x6).

    David Miller came in at No. 3 after the loss of Hendricks to Simi Singh (1/27) and smashed a 17-ball 36 that included four boundaries and a maximum. Bavuma departed at the end of the 18th over, making way for Heinrich Klaasen who chipped in with a more sedate seven off five.

    Ireland were restricted to 140/9. Wiaan Mulder (2/10), George Linde (2/21) and Lizaad Williams (2/30) were the pick of the bowlers, taking six wickets between them. Andile Phehlukwayo (1/15) added a wicket and a run out to his day’s work to help seal a convincing win for the tourists.

    Bavuma was named the Player of the Match, while Miller was named Player of the Series.




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