South Africa gets ready for an ODI series with Ireland. Both the teams have come up with some changes in their line-ups as William Porterfield returns in the playing eleven, whereas Quinton de Kock is at rest for the series. Anrich Nortje also couldn’t play as he is out of the squad due to an injury.
The match was scheduled for today, and the conditions were good, but suddenly clouds enveloped the stadium making everything gloomy. People were waiting to see action from both sides, but thanks to the rain, it got delayed. After 45 min of wait, the match began; South Africa chose to bowl against Ireland. Dealing with a good form, South African bowlers seemed confident in their length and line-up.
The star bowlers of Africa, namely, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi in spin, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, and an all-rounder, Andile Phehlukwayo, will try their level best in the ODI series with Ireland to put a full stop in the Irish innings soon. In the absence of Quinton de Kock, Kyle Verreynne will be playing the role of wicketkeeper, and Janneman Malan will be the opener for the team.
Ireland has also brought some changes in their line-up, like recreating the opening duo of Paul Stirling and former Irish captain, William Porterfield. They hope their bowlers could also perform a better job in defending the total from South Africa. The squad has left armor Josh Little, Mark Adair, and Craig Young in quick attack spinners.
Stats claim the winning probability is favorable for South Africans, with 81 percent. Though performing better in bowling could increase the win percentage, they must also dominate the batting to ensure the win. The team has just played a thrilling long series with West Indies. Thus the fatigue could be a factor that might affect their performance. Indeed the coach has made changes accordingly to ensure proper rest to its players.
The clouds are still intervening in the stadium of Dublin with wet weather all day. Hence we might see multiple stoppages in between the action.