Ireland vs South Africa 1st T20I| IRE vs SA 1st T20I Tabraiz Shamsi shines as South Africa beat Ireland by 33 runs in T20I series opener at Dublin| Ireland vs South Africa first T20 match report and scorecard
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- Ireland tour of South Africa 2021 – T20 International cricket series
- South Africa defeated the host Ireland cricket team in the first T20 match, Tabrez Shamsi shines
- The visiting team has taken a 1-0 lead in the T20I series against Ireland.
The T20 International series (IRE vs SA 1st T20I) between South Africa and Ireland started on Monday. The first T20 match was played between the two teams in Dublin. Of course, the South African team was seen faltering on many occasions in the ODI series, but South Africa has rocked as soon as the format changed. South Africa beat Ireland by 33 runs in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the series. In the first T20 match, South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi became the hero.
In this T20 match, hosts Ireland won the toss and decided to bowl first. South African team came out to bat first but within 37 runs they lost both their star batsmen who wreaked havoc with their bat in the last match of the ODI series. Quinton de Kock was dismissed for 20 runs and Jaanman Malan scored 4 runs. Both these players were dismissed by Mark Eder.
middle order batsmen
After this, the team’s captain and opener Temba Bavuma became a victim of Simi Singh’s ball after scoring 13 runs on a total score of 44 runs. However, in the middle order, Aiden Markram scored 39 runs in 30 balls, Rassie van der Dussen 25 runs and David Miller handled his team’s innings by playing 28 runs in 21 balls. In the end, Kagiso Rabada scored an unbeaten 19 off 9 balls and George Linde scored 10 runs to take the South African team to 165 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. For Ireland, Mark Eder took 3 wickets, while Simi Singh and Josh Little took 2 wickets each.
Poor start for Ireland
The target of 166 runs was in front of the Ireland team, but George Linde bowled the experienced batsman Paul Stirling (6) on the second ball of the innings. While on the total score of 7 runs, Kagiso Rabada showed the way to the pavilion by catching another experienced opener Kevin O’Brien (0) on his own ball. In the fourth over, Lungi Ngidi got George Dockrell (2) caught by wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock.
Tabrez Shamsi wreaks havoc
Ireland’s team had lost 4 wickets within 34 runs. But the fall of wickets did not stop there. After this the havoc of spinner Tabrez Shamsi started. Ngidi ended the trying innings of team captain Andy Balbirnie (22), while Shamsi removed Harry Tector (36), last ODI centuries Simi Singh (4), Shane Getkate (2) and Mark Eder (0) of the pavilion. Showing the way dealt a blow to Ireland’s hopes.
McCarthy-Little partnership extended the wait in the last over
Ireland had lost their 9 wickets in 88 runs in 13.4 overs, but in the final overs, the last pair of Barry McCarthy and Josh Little kept the peg for a long time. Together they put an unbroken partnership of 44 runs for the 10th wicket. Barry McCarthy scored 30 not out off 25 balls. While Josh Little scored an unbeaten 15 off 18 balls. However, both of them did not succeed in avoiding Ireland’s defeat. Ireland did not lose the last wicket but they could only manage 132 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. With this, South Africa won the match by 33 runs and took an early lead in the series. The second match of the three-match T20 series will be played in Belfast on 22 July.
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