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IRE vs SA, 3rd T20I – Fantasy Preview and Top Picks

Match: Ireland vs South Africa, (IRE vs SA, 3rd T20I) 

Date: July 24, 2021 

Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast, Ireland 

IRE vs SA, 3rd T20I: Where and what time to watch the match live in India 

For those in India, you can catch all the live action of the third T20 International match between Ireland and South Africa on FanCode app, an online live sports streaming platform at 8:30 PM IST. 

IRE vs SA, 3rd T20I – What to expect: 

South Africa have continued their dominance over Ireland to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20 series with one match to go. The third and last game of the series will take place on July 24 at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast. 

South Africa defeated the hosts quite comfortably in the first game by 33 runs. In the second game, however, they were in a massive hole at one point but made a brilliant recovery to win the game by 42 runs. They will be looking to complete a clean sweep while Ireland would be desperate to avoid getting blanked on their home turf. 

Pitch Report of IRE vs SA, 3rd T20I: 

The pitch at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast is a low-scoring wicket with significant assistance for both pacers and spinners alike. Spinners had a great time in the second match between IRE and SA, snaring 10 wickets. The average first innings score in 17 T20I matches played at Belfast stands at mere 115. Only twice has a team batting first crossed 150 at Belfast, with the highest total being 190/5 by Bangladesh. In the second match of the ongoing series, South Africa scored 159-7 while batting first. 

Ireland, Expected XI and Team News 

Ireland have been outplayed in the both T20 matches, especially their batting looked very incompetent. Their main batter Paul Stirling hasn’t lived up to the expectations. With the series already lost, Ireland might try some other players. Kevin O Brien, who got two ducks in a row, could sit out for 24-year-old William McClintock. Bowling unit has looked good but you might see some changes there too. 

Probable XI – Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien/William McClintock, Andrew Balbirnie (captain), George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Joshua Little, Craig Young 

South Africa, Expected XI and Team News 

The Temba Bavuma-led side has been rampant in the last two T20I series. After a long time SA’s lower middle order stepped up for the team. David Miller and Wiaan Mulder resurrected the innings after they were reduced to 58-5 at one stage. In the bowling department, Anrich Nortje is likely to miss this match too along with Kagiso Rabada. Bjorn Fortuin and Beuran Hendricks did well in the last game and are likely to be in the playing XI. 

Probable XI – Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi 

Head to head record of IRE vs SA 

This series marks the first time ever Ireland and South Africa have faced each other in T20 cricket. South Africa have the scoreline in their favour with 2-0. 

South Africa – 2 

Ireland – 0 

3rd T20I: Five players to watch out for in the Ireland vs South Africa match 

Here we take a look at five key players to watch out for in the third T20I match: 

Paul Stirling: Batter, Ireland 

Paul Stirling is undoubtedly Ireland’s most important batter. The explosive batter hasn’t been at his best in this series but his career record speaks for itself. Stirling has scored 2149 runs in 79 T20I innings averaging 29 at an outstanding strike rate of 139. Ireland will hope for a blistering knock from Stirling in the last game. He is also a handy part time off-spinner, with 19 wickets at an economy of 7.5. Stirling returned with 3 for 12 in his three overs in the second game. 

Mark Adair: All-rounder, Ireland 

This tall seam bowling all-rounder has become an important cog in the wheel in recent years. Mark Adair has been outstanding across formats. In his T20I career so far, he has taken 32 wickets in just 20 matches at an extraordinary average and strike rate of 15.84 and 6.96 respectively. His best bowling figures in an innings are 4/40. He’s been the standout bowler for Ireland in this series with 5 wickets at an average of 14.40. 

Quinton de Kock: Wicket-keeper Batter, South Africa 

Little needs to be said about Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s main man with the bat for quite some time now. The wicket-keeper batter has been in terrific form of late. QDK was the highest run-getter of the series against the West Indies, scoring 255 runs at an average of 51 and strike rate of 142. He also smashed a scintillating 120 in the only ODI he played against Ireland. In his T20 career, de Kock has scored over 1600 runs at an average and strike rate of 33 and 138 respectively, including nine fifties. 

David Miller: Batter, South Africa 

Popularly known as the ‘Killer Miller’, this South African batter has been a key part of their white ball set-up for years. One of the best pace power-hitters in the world, David Miller has won SA countless matches on his own. Just like the last T20I, where he resurrected SA innings after being reduced to 58/5 with his incredible knock of unbeaten 75 off 44. Miller smashed five sixes in the innings. The explosive finisher has scored 1680 runs averaging 31 at a strike rate of 139. 

Tabraiz Shamsi: Bowler, South Africa 

The world no. 1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has taken world cricket by storm. The left arm wrist spinner is the highest wicket-taker in T20 internationals this year. He has taken 24 wickets in 14 matches this year at an astonishing average of 12.20. Shamsi has been sensational in this series too, picking 7 scalps in two games at an average of just 5.85. With Ireland batters finding him incredibly hard to deal with, Shamsi will be a key player to watch out for. 

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