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- The first match of the T20 International series between Ireland and South Africa was played in Dublin.
- South African team defeated Ireland by 33 runs in this match
- The victory could have been bigger, but Ireland’s No 10 and 11 batsmen did wonders
The ODI series between South Africa and Ireland was tied at 1-1 and now T20 cricket (IRE vs SA 1st T20I) It’s turn came. The first match of the T20 International series was played between the two cricket teams in Dublin on Monday. South Africa defeated Ireland by 33 runs in this match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The match was won by South Africa but something happened in the final moments of the match which forced the Irish fans to dance.
South African team full of strong bowlers
In this clash, South Africa, batting first, scored 165 runs losing seven wickets in 20 overs. Ireland had a target of 166 runs and this target was not easy for them at all, mainly because of the opposition bowlers. The South African team had strong pacers like Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and George Linde, as well as the world’s No. 1 T20 bowler, left-arm spinner Tabrez Shamsi.
Ireland team lost wickets continuously
When the Ireland team came out to answer, they lost the first wicket on the second ball of their innings. The wicket was taken by George Linde, who dismissed Paul Stirling. At that time the score was only 6 runs. After that, Ireland continued to lose wickets for some time and they had lost 9 wickets for 88 runs, which included No.1 T20 bowler Tabrez Shamsi 4 wickets, Lungi Ngidi and George Linde 2-2 and Kagiso. One wicket from Rabada was involved. Now South Africa needed just one wicket to win.
The struggle of the last two batsmen started
The ninth wicket of the Irish team fell on the fourth ball of the 14th over. They were still 78 runs away from the target and their defeat soon seemed certain. But Ireland’s No. 10 batsman Barry McCarthy and No. 11 batsman Josh Little had different intentions. Both the batsmen batted brilliantly till the last ball and did not allow the legendary South African bowlers to drop their team’s last wicket. On every ball, the spectators were seen encouraging both of them. Barry McCarthy played an unbeaten 30 not out in 25 balls, hitting 4 fours. While Josh Little played an unbeaten 15 runs in 18 balls with the help of 1 six.
made a special record
There was an unbroken partnership of 44 runs for the 10th wicket between the two players, which proved to be the biggest partnership of the entire match. Along with this, both of them also made a record. This is the highest 10th wicket partnership for any team in T20 International cricket for any of the full member ICC teams.
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