We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Ireland were incredibly disciplined with the ball, cramping the South African batters for room. The pitch, otherwise, looked good for a score over 140 runs.
Probable XI for Ireland Women: Gaby Lewis (c), Leah Paul, Mary Waldron (wk), Shauna Kavanagh, Sophie MacMahon, Arlene Kelly, Rachel Delaney, Georgina Dempsey, Celeste Raack, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray
Probable XI for South Africa Women: Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Trisha Chetty (wk), Shabnim Ismail, Chloe Tryon, Sune Luus (c), Lara Goodall, Anne Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba
Players to watch out for
Lea Paul was the captain of the Ultimate Team on My11Circle in the first game. Opening the batting, she scored 47 off 42 including 6 fours. With the ball, she managed the solitary wicket of Chloe Tyron. This was the first time she opened in the format, and the ploy worked wonders for Ireland.
The Irish bowlers were so effective that a batter of Laura Wolvaardt’s calibre struggled to get going. She scored 20 off 22 which consisted of only two fours. Before this T20I, she had scored three fifties in four matches.
Gaby Lewis continued her good form from the Invitational League to international cricket, scoring her sixth fifty. With Lea, she added 98 runs for the first wicket.
Tumi Sekhukhune had a memorable game. She took three wickets in the death overs and inflicted a run out.
Sune Luus put up an all-round show. She dismissed the on-song Paul with her leg-spin and later scored 23 runs.
Arlene Kelly was the pick of the bowlers for the home team. She took one wicket in the powerplay and one at the death.
In the only over Rachael Delany bowled, she took a wicket off the first ball and finished with a maiden over.
Shabnim Ismail has gone wicketless only once in her last 10 competitive games. It will be her 100th T20I game tonight. She has picked up 111 wickets including two five-wicket hauls.
Although it was South Africa’s only second loss against Ireland in the format, the home team outperformed in all the departments. Their opening batters set up a strong foundation and the bowlers worked well in tandem. If anything, South Africa lacked intent especially with the bat.
Time: June 6, 9 PM IST