Time: July 22, 8:30 PM IST
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
Of the 16 completed T20Is at Belfast, the chasing team emerged victorious in 12 games. However, the venue isn’t reputed for run fests as there are only two scores in excess of 150 runs.
Probable XI for Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Shane Getkate, Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little
Probable XI for South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Temba Bavuma (c), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Players to watch out for
Tabraiz Shamsi has had a good time in Ireland. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the ODIs and followed it up with a four-wicket haul in the opening T20I. To make things more interesting, he has not gone wicketless in his last 10 international games.
Harry Tector likes to feed on the South Africa bowlers. His scores since the ODI series read 25, 79, 29, and 36. The same has been the case with Andy Balbirnie: he has scores of 65, 102, 7, and 22.
Aiden Markram has scored two fifties in his last 6 T20Is. The other four scores read 11, 23, 20, and 5. Batting in the middle-order has helped him regain his form in the shortest format.
Quinton de Kock was destructive until he lasted. His 20 runs included 3 fours and a six, and this is how he will play: go big or perish. He has been in incredible form since the West Indies tour, having scored as many as 255 runs including 3 half-centuries in 5 T20Is.
In his last 6 competitive games, Janneman Malan has scored 3 fifties and a hundred.
Mark Adair opens the bowling as well as bowls at the death, giving him more chances of bagging wickets. He ended up with a three-wicket haul on Tuesday.
Ireland’s strength is their batting, and given the pitch and its past results, they have more chances of winning if they chase. Batting first against the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi will be an uphill task, especially in these conditions.