Recent Match Report – Ireland vs South Africa 2nd T20I 2022

Throw Ireland chose to bowl against South Africa

Andy Balbirnie has opted to hunt as Ireland seek to level the series against South Africa. Some may call it a brave move after South Africa scored their highest tally against Ireland at the same venue two days ago, but Ireland fell short by just 21 points and, after narrow defeats against India and New Zealand earlier this summer, will want to prove they can beat a supposedly bigger team. George Dockrell, for his part, would find the victory doubly memorable given that he is playing his 100th T20I.

South Africa, meanwhile, hosted captain David Miller, who missed the series opener due to lower back spasms. Miller replaced Tristan Stubbs, whose big move landed him a penny contract and who apparently showed selectors enough ahead of the T20 World Cup.

With this game taking place on the same ground, South Africa made no further changes to their winning combination on Wednesday. Wayne Parnell and Dwaine Pretorius both retained their place ahead of Andile Phehlukwayo. Marco Jansen and Anrich Nortje also remain on the sidelines. Keshav Maharaj, who led the opener, and Tabraiz Shamsi make up the specialist rotation component with Aiden Markram’s offbreaks a sixth bowling option. There was no room for Marco Jansen or Anrich Nortje. Ireland are unchanged from the XI they lost to South Africa on Wednesday.

This is South Africa’s last T20I before they have to finalize their World Cup squad, who travel to India for a three-match series in September. Ireland host Afghanistan for a five-match series later this month which will help them refine their combinations.

Ireland: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (captain), 3 Lorcan Tucker, (captain) 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell, 6 Curtis Campher, 7 Gareth Delany, 8 Andrew McBrine, 9 Mark Adair, 10 Barry McCarthy, 11 Josh Little

South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Rassie van der Dussen 4 Aiden Markram 5 Heinrich Klaasen, 6 David Miller (capt), 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Dwaine Pretorius, 9 Keshav Maharaj, 10 Lungi Ngidi, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

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