South Africa won over Ireland in the first T20I match.
The top scorer Aiden Markram scored 39 in the match with two partnerships of the 30s. However, later on, they were drop out to 115 for five at one stage. And seem to be in danger of missing out on a score of 160.
To keep South Africa relatively quiet, offspinner Simi Singh and left-armed Josh Little played a prominent and successful role. And the strong finish is given by South Africa’s lower order flown them away to a competitive total.
Openers out? No problem, we have some more.
After facing nine balls, Ireland had a breath of relief when Quinton de Kock took their back.
He did good damage when he hit Barry McCarthy over long-on during the first six of the South African innings. And Mark Adair for continuous boundaries before mistiming a drive to mid-off to depart in the third over.
But South Africa was casing another opener in reserve with themselves. The No.3 position was covered by the partner of de Kock’s, Janneman Malan. And once he arrived on the field, he was not going before hitting Adair to Singh mid-on.
No score for O’Brien
Following up no score against the Netherlands previously and just duck today, Kevin O’Brien was not ruling the game. He has played six international matches this year and has managed just 27 runs in total.
For just a simple catch, he faced back to the Rabada.
Drop, drop, catch
But despite the batting performance, if we look at South Africa’s fielding, it was not top-notch. They dropped our catches in the second ODI to lose to Ireland for the first time and two again today in the powerplay.
When the Irish captain smacked the ball to Malan backward, Williams had a clear chance to dismiss Andy Balbirnie with his next ball.
And thus, William was the only one to go wicketless.