South Africa in Ireland, 3 T20I Series, 2021

Ireland vs South Africa - 1st T20I

Venue: The Village, Malahide, Dublin

Date & Time: 19 July 2021

Ireland 132/9

RR: 6.6 | South Africa beat Ireland by 33 runs

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Right then! That is all we have from this game. The series now moves to Belfast for the second T20I, which will be played on 22nd July at 1600 Local (1500 GMT). So do join us for that. Till then, take care and goodbye! 

Temba Bavuma, the South Africa skipper, says that he feels that 180 was a par score and that they were a few runs short after the first innings. Adds that bowling is their strength and he is super happy with the way they bowled. Credits every bowler for the way they bowled and defended the score.

Tabraiz Shamsi is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH, says that he just tries to execute the plans and do what the captain asks him to. Adds that he has a few more variations up his sleeve and the pitch made his job easier as he only had to bowl in the right areas.

Andy Balbirnie, the Ireland skipper, says that they did not bat very well in the Powerplay. Says that the target wasn't the big one but their batting was not up to the mark. Finishes by saying that they need to execute their plans better.

South Africa were brilliant with the ball. George Linde and Kagiso Rabada took one wicket each in the Powerplay while Lungi Ngidi took two to rock the Irish top order. After that, in the middle overs, it was their spin duo that ruled the game. Linde returned to take one more wicket and Tabraiz Shamsi spun a web around the batters with his 4 wickets in the middle overs. It was a team performance by them and they should be mighty pleased.

Paul Stirling hit a six on the first ball and that was the only thing that went Ireland's way. He fell on the very next ball and they lost Kevin O'Brien and George Dockrell soon after. Andy Balbirnie tried to replicate his form from the ODI series but fell in the last over of the Powerplay and they were way behind the curve. Harry Tector fought a lone battle in the middle overs but lacked support from the other batters. After he fell, the writing was clear on the wall and they fell short by 33 runs.

A wonderful bowling performance by South Africa to defend this score. This wasn't the biggest of the targets but their bowling never let the Irish get in front of the rate. So, South Africa win the first-ever T20I that they play against Ireland!

19.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Josh Little, There it is! Shorter ball, around leg. Little leaves it. South Africa win by 33 runs!
19.5
1
Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, Barry McCarthy comes down the track and pulls it to deep square leg for one.
19.4
1
Lungi Ngidi to Josh Little, Back of a length, on off. Cut away to mid off for one.
19.3
6
Lungi Ngidi to Josh Little, SIX! All the way! Slower length ball, on off. Josh Little picks it early and sends it sailing over the long on fence. Tell you what, that is the second innings of the Irish innings, the first one came off the very first ball of the innings.
19.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Josh Little, Short of a length, outside off. Little misses his cut.
19.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, Length ball, on the pads. Barry McCarthy gets hit on the pads and the ball goes towards third man for a leg bye.
18.6
0
Kagiso Rabada to Josh Little, Back of a length, on off. Little thinks of cutting it but leaves it alone.
18.5
1
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, Yorker, on middle. Barry McCarthy digs it to the leg side for one.
18.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Josh Little, Yorker, on off. Drilled to cover for one.
18.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, Shorter ball, on off. Pulled towards deep mid-wicket for one.
18.2
4
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, FOUR! Low full toss, on off. Barry McCarthy hits it straight down the ground for a boundary.
18.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed to mid off.
17.6
2
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, Shorter ball, on off. Pulled to deep mid-wicket. They sprint back for the second.
17.5
1
Lizaad Williams to Barry McCarthy, Full ball, on off. Heaved to deep mid-wicket for one.
17.4
4
Lizaad Williams to Barry McCarthy, FOUR! Slower short ball, outside off. Barry McCarthy pulls it to the square leg fence.
17.3
1
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, Short ball, on off. Little pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
17.2
0
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, Little moves across to the off side to paddle it but gets no bat on it.
17.1
1
Lizaad Williams to Barry McCarthy, Full ball, on off. Drilled to long on for one.
16.6
0
Kagiso Rabada to Josh Little, Yorker, on off. Blocked out.
16.5
0
Kagiso Rabada to Josh Little, Short ball, on off. Little ducks under it.
16.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, Full ball, on off. Barry McCarthy hits the ball on the stumps at the other end. They take the single as it is deflected.
16.3
0
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, Fuller ball, on off. Barry McCarthy hammers it back to the bowler. Rabada drops a tough catch.
16.2
4
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, FOUR! Full ball, outside off. Barry McCarthy heaves it but gets the outside edge to the third man fence.
16.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Barry McCarthy, Yorker, on off. Blocked out.
15.6
1
Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, Short of a good length ball on leg stump. Barry McCarthy hoicks it towards sqaure leg for one.
15.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, Slower ball and Barry McCarthy again misses the shot towards the on side. Gets hit on thigh pad. Deceived him completely did Lungi Ngidi .
15.4
0
Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, Another slower one from Lungi Ngidi . Barry McCarthy misses the heave over the on side.
15.3
1
Lungi Ngidi to Josh Little, Short ball shoulder high. Josh Little mistimes the pull and the ball lands towards mid on.
15.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Josh Little, Slower ball outside off. Josh Little misses the slog.
15.1
1
Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, Short and wide outside off. Barry McCarthy smashes it to deep cover and Lizaad Williams has saved a certain boundary by diving to his right.

Lungi Ngidi is back on.

15.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side. Barry McCarthy misses the whip.
14.6
1
Lizaad Williams to Barry McCarthy, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed down to long on for one.
14.5
1
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, Slower bouncer and Josh Little gets hit high on the hand as he tries to pull it to the leg side. They take a single. There is a collision between Willams and McCarthy during the run and Williams runs to collect the ball.
14.4
0
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, Good length ball outside off. Josh Little misses the heave on the on side.
14.3
1
Lizaad Williams to Barry McCarthy, Shorter ball, on the pads. Pulled to deep square leg for one.
14.2
1
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, Full ball on stumps. Josh Little hits it straight back at the bowler. The ball hits Lizaad Williams on the leg and goes to the mid off fielder, and he misfields it. But they stay with the single.
14.2
0
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, WIDE! Short ball over head high. Josh Little leaves it.
14.1
0
Lizaad Williams to Josh Little, Good length ball on middle. Defended towards mid-wicket.

Lizaad Williams comes back on. 2-0-17-0 so far.

13.6
4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Barry McCarthy, FOUR! Tossed up, outside off. Barry McCarthy carves it over cover for a boundary.
13.5
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Josh Little, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed to long on for one.

Josh Little is the last batter. A slip and a leg slip in place.

13.4
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, OUT! STUMPED! GOOGLY from Shamsi. Saw Harry Tector advancing down the track. He dragged the length back and Harry Tector misses the flick towards the on side. He is way down the pitch. Quinton de Kock whips off the bails and Tabraiz Shamsi is over the moon.
13.3
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Tossed up ball on the stumps. Harry Tector drives it towards covers.
13.2
4
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, FOUR! Powerful! Tossed up ball on off. Harry Tector sweeps it to deep square leg for a boundary.
13.2
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, WIDE! Down the leg side yet again.
13.1
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Barry McCarthy, Tossed up on off. Barry McCarthy looks to drive it gets an inside edge and the ball rolls onto the off side. A single is taken.
13.1
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Barry McCarthy, WIDE! Sprayed down the leg side.
12.6
1
George Linde to Barry McCarthy, Tossed up on the stumps. Barry McCarthy blocks it to the off side and they steal a quick single.
12.5
0
George Linde to Barry McCarthy, Tossed up on off. Defended towards covers.
12.4
0
George Linde to Harry Tector, LEG BYE! Tector looks to sweep this tossed up ball, on the pads. It hits his pads and the ball rolls towards short fine leg.
12.3
1
George Linde to Barry McCarthy, Flatter on off. Pushed towards covers for a single.
12.3
0
George Linde to Harry Tector, TWO WIDES! Sprayed down the leg side. Tector and the keeper miss it.
12.2
1
George Linde to Barry McCarthy, Tossed up on middle. Turned towards the on side for a single by Barry McCarthy.
12.1
1
George Linde to Harry Tector, Flatter ball on the pads. Flicked to square leg for one.
11.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed past cover for one.
11.5
2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Fuller ball, on off. Tector reverse scoops it towards third man. The fielder chases it and dives to save a couple of runs.
11.5
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Down the leg side. Wide called.
11.4
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Flatter ball, on off. Harry Tector gets hit on the pads as he looks to drive.

Barry McCarthy walks out to bat now.

11.3
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mark Adair, OUT! OUT! CAUGHT! Tossed up outside off. Mark Adair looks to hit this over long off. Fails to middle the ball and the ball goes up in the air. George Linde takes a good running catch to his right.
11.2
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Mark Adair, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.

Mark Adair is the new batter.

11.1
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Shane Getkate, OUT! BOWLED! Castled him! Tossed up on middle. Googly from Shamsi this time. Shane Getkate looks to whip it to the on side but misses. The ball crashes onto the stumps. And Tabraiz Shamsi is on fire!
10.6
1
George Linde to Shane Getkate, Flatter ball on pads. Shane Getkate works this one towards deep mid-wicket for one.
10.5
1
George Linde to Harry Tector, Flatter ball on stumps. Punched off the back foot for one towards point.
10.4
4
George Linde to Harry Tector, FOUR! Brave shot! Tossed up ball on leg stump. Harry Tector reverse sweeps it towards third man for a boundary.
10.3
1
George Linde to Shane Getkate, Tossed up on leg stump. Turned towards long on for one.

Shane Getkate is the new man in.

10.2
0
George Linde to Lorcan Tucker, OUT! BOWLED! Cleaned him up! Lorcan Tucker gives himself too much room this time and fails to get a bat on it. The ball crashes onto the stumps. It was a flatter delivery pitched on the middle stump and stayed a touch low. And Ireland are now 6 down and staring down the barrel.
10.1
1
George Linde to Harry Tector, Tossed up on the pads. Flicked to short fine leg for one.

George Linde is back on. 2-0-12-1 so far.

9.6
2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Lorcan Tucker, Tossed up, on off. Tucker sweeps it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
9.5
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Fuller ball, on middle. Tector drills it to long on for one.
9.4
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Fuller ball, on off. Tector goes for the reverse sweep but gets hit on the hands.
9.3
2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Tector comes down the track and chips it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
9.2
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Flatter ball, on middle. Tector gets hit on the pads as he looks to flick.
9.1
2
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Full ball, on the pads. Clipped to deep square leg for one.
8.6
1
Lizaad Williams to Harry Tector, Short of a length, outside off. Tector cuts it well and a slight fumble at point allows the single. 111 needed in the last 11 overs.
8.5
1
Lizaad Williams to Lorcan Tucker, Length ball, on the pads. Tucker clips it to deep square leg for one. South Africa won't mind these singles one bit.
8.4
1
Lizaad Williams to Harry Tector, Slower full toss, on the pads. Tucked to deep mid-wicket for one.
8.3
0
Lizaad Williams to Harry Tector, Length ball, on off. Pushed back to the bowler.
8.2
4
Lizaad Williams to Harry Tector, FOUR! Top shot! Back of a length ball, outside off Tector guides it past point for a boundary.
8.1
1
Lizaad Williams to Lorcan Tucker, Fuller ball, on off. Tucker gets the inside edge past the stumps for one.

Lizaad Williams is back on after getting for 9 in his first over.

7.6
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Lorcan Tucker, Fuller ball, on off. Pushed to long on to get off the mark.

Lorcan Tucker walks out to bat.

7.5
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Simi Singh, OUT! Cleaned him up! And Tabraiz Shamsi gets the wicket of Simi Singh. Simi Singh tries to sweep the overpitched ball and almost yorks himself in the process. The ball crashes onto the stumps. Tabraiz Shamsi is delighted to see the back of Simi Singh
7.4
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Short ball on off. Harry Tector punches it to long off for one.
7.3
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Simi Singh, Flighted ball on leg. Simi Singh sweeps it to short fine leg for a single.
7.2
1
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Full ball, on off. Harry Tector reverse sweeps this to short third man for one.
7.1
0
Tabraiz Shamsi to Harry Tector, Tossed up on middle. Harry Tector looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. There is an appeal but the ball was clearly going down the leg side.

Tabraiz Shamsi comes in the attack. 

6.6
0
Kagiso Rabada to Simi Singh, Length ball on middle stump. Simi Singh defends it back at the bowler.
6.5
1
Kagiso Rabada to Harry Tector, Full ball on off. Driven towards long off for one.
6.4
1
Kagiso Rabada to Simi Singh, Bouncer from Rabada. Simi Singh looks to pull it but gets high on the handle and the ball rolls towards the right of the keeper. They sneak in a single.
6.3
1
Kagiso Rabada to Harry Tector, Good length ball on off, punched towards covers for one.
6.2
1
Kagiso Rabada to Simi Singh, Good length ball on middle. Simi Singh gets a leading edge while playing the flick but the ball lands safely before the mid off fielder.
6.1
1
Kagiso Rabada to Harry Tector, Good length ball, on the stumps. Harry Tector tucks it to mid on for a single.

Kagiso Rabada (1-0-11-1) comes back on.

5.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Simi Singh, Singh comes down the track looking to cut it away but gets no bat on it. The Powerplay is done and Ireland are 38 for 4!
5.5
0
Lungi Ngidi to Simi Singh, Back of a length, on off. Blocked out.
5.4
1
Lungi Ngidi to Harry Tector, Tector comes down the track and taps it to covers for one.
5.3
2
Lungi Ngidi to Harry Tector, Length ball, on off. Tector works it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
5.2
1
Lungi Ngidi to Simi Singh, Off the mark. Length ball, outside off. Pushed to third man for one.

Simi Singh is the new man in.

5.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to Andy Balbirnie, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Quinton de Kock makes amends and sends back the Irish skipper! Slower length ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie looks to carve it over the off side but gets the outside edge. Quinton de Kock leaps to his right and does the rest. Ireland are in big trouble now and they still need 132 runs in 89 balls.
4.6
1
Lizaad Williams to Andy Balbirnie, Fuller ball, outside off. Drilled to point for one.
4.5
1
Lizaad Williams to Harry Tector, DROPPED! Lizaad Williams was up in celebration! Full ball, outside off. Harry Tector shuffles across and scoops it straight towards square leg. Quinton de Kock runs across, he dives and takes it but his elbow hits the ground and the ball pops out. A single is taken.
4.4
1
Lizaad Williams to Andy Balbirnie, Back of a length, outside off. Chopped to covers for one.
4.3
4
Lizaad Williams to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR! Andy Balbirnie looks in great touch! Full and wide now. Andy Balbirnie clears his front leg and carves it to the point fence. The ball bounces a few inches inside the rope before going over.
4.2
1
Lizaad Williams to Harry Tector, Back of a length, outside off. Punched past point for one.
4.1
1
Lizaad Williams to Andy Balbirnie, Full ball, on off. Andy Balbirnie drives it well but the man at cover dives and stops three runs for his team. Janneman Malan was the fielder.

Lizaad Williams is on now.

3.6
0
Lungi Ngidi to Harry Tector, Good length ball on off. Harry Tector defends it back at the bowler.
3.5
1
Lungi Ngidi to Andy Balbirnie, Good length ball on off. Turned towards mid on for one by Andy Balbirnie .
3.4
1
Lungi Ngidi to Harry Tector, Short of a good length ball outside off. Punched towards point for a single by Tector.
3.3
0
Lungi Ngidi to Harry Tector, Good length ball, around off. Defended towards the on side.
3.2
0
Lungi Ngidi to Harry Tector, Good length ball, on off. Harry Tector pokes at it and edges to wide second slip on the bounce though.

Harry Tector walks out to bat. A slip is in place for him.

3.1
0
Lungi Ngidi to George Dockrell, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! George Dockrell looks to make some room on the leg side. Pokes at a ball pitched on a good length, around the off stump. Quinton de Kock takes it with ease and Lungi Ngidi gets a wicket on the first ball. What a start this is for him!

Lungi Ngidi comes in the attack.

2.6
1
George Linde to George Dockrell, Tossed up on leg. George Dockrell gets inside the line and drives it to long off for a run.
2.5
0
George Linde to George Dockrell, Flatter again, around off. George Dockrell punches it to covers again.
2.4
0
George Linde to George Dockrell, Flatter on stumps. Pushed to covers yet again.
2.3
0
George Linde to George Dockrell, Flatter on off. Pushed to covers.
2.2
1
George Linde to Andy Balbirnie, Strayed on the pads. Andy Balbirnie flicks it to mid-wicket for a quick single.
2.1
4
George Linde to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR! Great shot! Tossed up on off. Gives himself some room and hits it over covers for a boundary does Andy Balbirnie.
1.6
1
Kagiso Rabada to Andy Balbirnie, Yorker, on the pads. Clipped to the leg side for one.
1.5
0
Kagiso Rabada to Andy Balbirnie, Full toss, on the body. Pushed back to the bowler.
1.4
4
Kagiso Rabada to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR! One bounce four! Shorter ball, on off. Andy Balbirnie pulls it to the square leg fence.
1.3
4
Kagiso Rabada to Andy Balbirnie, FOUR! Misfield! Fuller ball, on off. Andy Balbirnie drives it to the left of mid off. Temba Bavuma gets across but misfields and the ball runs to the fence.
1.2
1
Kagiso Rabada to George Dockrell, Just a single as this is eased down to long on.
1.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Kevin O'Brien, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! A golden duck for Kevin O'Brien and what a start this is for South Africa! Fuller ball, on off. The ball just holds in the pitch for a second so Kevin O'Brien ends up chipping it back to the bowler. Kagiso Rabada accepts the gift and sends back Ireland's other opener.

Who will come out next? George Dockrell is the new man in.

1.1
0
Kagiso Rabada to Kevin O'Brien, Sprays one down the leg side. Wide called.

Kagiso Rabada to start from the other end.

0.6
0
George Linde to Andy Balbirnie, Loopy ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie goes for the drive but gets the outside edge towards short third man.
0.5
0
George Linde to Andy Balbirnie, Loopy ball on off. Pushed to covers now.
0.4
0
George Linde to Andy Balbirnie, Shorter ball, outside off. Andy Balbirnie misses his cut.
0.3
0
George Linde to Andy Balbirnie, Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.

The skipper, Andy Balbirnie, walks out to bat.

0.2
0
George Linde to Paul Stirling, OUT! BOWLED! And gone! Linde gets his man now! Fuller ball, on leg. Paul Stirling moves across the line to sweep it but misses. The ball goes on to hit the leg pole and he is gone!
0.1
6
George Linde to Paul Stirling, SIX! All the way! What a way to start the chase! Loopy ball, on off. Paul Stirling sweeps it all the way over the mid-wicket fence.