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IRE vs SA 1st T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Ireland vs South Africa, 1stt T20I (IRE vs SA)

Date: August 3, Wednesday, 10:30 PM IST

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

After hosting India and New Zealand, Ireland will now play South Africa in a two-match T20I series in England. Playing against full members a bit more frequently has largely helped Ireland improve their game and also qualify for the T20 World Cup 2022. The County Ground in Bristol will host both T20Is of the series, with the first match scheduled to take place on August 3.

Ireland come into this series after recently being whitewashed by New Zealand in both the ODI and T20I series, and will now try to make amends for it in the series against South Africa. The Proteas, meanwhile, recently faced England in a limited-overs series. While the ODI series was tied 1-1, South Africa won the T20I series by a 2-1 margin. Quinton de Kock, who has been out of form for a while now, will be looking to make the most of this series to find his mojo. Kagiso Rabada, meanwhile, has been ruled out of both the games due to an ankle injury. Ahead of the T20I World Cup later this year, both Ireland and South Africa will be looking to finalise their squads and this series will offer them the chance to do the same.

Ahead of the first T20I, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for IRE vs SA, 1st T20I

The pitch at the County Ground in Bristol has historically been a high scoring one and a similar surface can be expected in this series as well. A total of 7 T20I matches have been played at this venue, of which 5 have been won by the teams bowling first. The average first innings score on this ground is 161 while the average second innings score is 154. The highest and lowest T20I total recorded at the County Ground is 234 for 6 and 129 for 10.

The weather during the game will be pleasant and the sky will be clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 18 to 26 degrees. No rain is forecast.

Ireland team news and predicted XI

Team news: Ireland have lost their last seven T20Is – one vs UAE, two vs India, and most recently three vs New Zealand, and will be looking to break the losing streak when they take on South Africa. Their batting has been their biggest concern in the recent games, but the bowlers have done a decent job.

Squad: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker(w), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Stephen Doheny, Gareth Delany, Graham Hume

Predicted XI: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little

South Africa team news and predicted XI

Team news: South Africa are the favourites to win against Ireland. They have won all their previous games against the Irish and will be looking to keep the record unbroken. An out of form Quinton de Kock will look to make the most of a low ranked team and get back to form. Meanwhile, Kagiso Rabada has been ruled out due to an injury, which could lead to a debut for Gerald Coetzee.

Squad: Keshav Maharaj (c), Quinton de Kock, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje.

Predicted XI:  Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Dane Cleaver (wk), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Jacob Duffy

Head to head record

Ireland and South Africa have met each other in three T20I matches of which Ireland have won none.

Total games – 3

South Africa – 3

Ireland – 0

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for IRE vs SA, 1st T20I

Curtis Campher – all-rounder, Ireland

Curtis Campher has put up some impressive performances in his recent outings. Most recently at the Cricket Ireland Inter Provincial Trophy, Campher picked up five wickets in three games and also contributed with the bat. Earlier in the series against New Zealand too he made a few valuable contributions with the bat. In all, the all-rounder has played 15 T20 internationals for Ireland, from which he has a batting average of 21.00 along with 16 wickets.

Harry Tector– batter, Ireland

Harry Tector was among the top performers at the Cricket Ireland Inter Provincial Trophy. He scored an unbeaten 58 in the second game and an unbeaten 28 in the third game. Earlier in the ODIs against New Zealand, Tector smashed two centuries in three games. Tector has played 37 T20Is since making his debut in 2019, and has scored 673 runs at an average and strike rate of 24.92 and 131.18.

Reeza Hendricks – batter, South Africa

Reeza Hendricks was South Africa’s best performer in the series against England. The right-hander finished with scores of 57, 53 and 70 in the three innings he played and was subsequently also named the Player of the Series. Another good series for Hendricks, and he could find himself in South Africa’s squad for the T20 World Cup.

Quinton de Kock – wicketkeeper batter, South Africa

Despite underperforming in the recent past, de Kock is a must-have in your fantasy team. He will be looking to get runs against a low ranked Irish team and get back to form.

Tabraiz Shamsi – bowler, South Africa

Tabraiz Shamsi picked up a five-wicket haul in the final T20I against England and will be looking to replicate that against South Africa. The Chinaman bowler is one of the best bowlers in the game’s shortest format.

MPL fantasy XI – IRE vs SA, 1st T20I

IRE vs SA – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Ireland vs South Africa series will not be televised live in in India. But you can watch the game on the Fancode app. The match will begin at 10.30 PM IST on August 3.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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