This article will talk about the probable XIs for both teams and continue with the Dream11 predictions and the winning fantasy team for the 2nd T20I between Ireland and South Africa that is scheduled to take place on the 24th of July 2021.
The visiting Proteas team led by the under-performing Temba Bavuma will take on Ireland in the 3rd and final T20I match of the tour at Belfast. While the ODIs were close with Ireland giving a fight and manage to draw level, the T20Is were one-way traffic for the South Africans.
However, the Proteas despite having won the series will want their top-order Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, and Malan to fire. They would be happy with lower-order contributions from David Miller and Wiaan Mulder who gave them a match-winning total of 159.
Ireland started their bowling strongly in both the games but the end overs cost them, dear. And the batting has very average for them in this format. The top-order hasn’t given them any sort of starts, unlike the ODIs. In the end, they could manage only 117 losing by 42 runs.
Venue: Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast
Pitch and Weather: Historically the pitches in Belfast have not been high-scoring ones, and the 1st game proved just that. The batsman found it difficult to score runs and it was because of David Miller’s 75*, SA could post 159. Otherwise, the average score has been in the range of 140-150 and most likely will be the case in this game as well.
It should assist both pacers and spinners like in the last game. The weather will be cloudy on match-day but we can expect a complete game of cricket without any rain interruptions. The temperature is expected to set around 22C.
Date and Time: July 24, 2021, 4.00 PM Local, 8.30 PM IST
Probable Playing XIs
Anrich Nortje who is yet to feature in this T20 series may get a game in place of Lungi Ngidi. Also, they might look to give the likes of Kyle Verrynne some game time resting Quinton De Kock.
Ireland will either field the same team or may make a solitary change. They might bring back Barry McCarthy in place of Josh Little.
Ireland: Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(C), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker(WK), Simi Singh, George Dockrell,/Shane Getkate, Barry McCarthy/Josh Little, Craig Young, Mark Adair
South Africa: Temba Bavuma(C), Quinton De Kock/Kyle Verreynne(WK), Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan/Reeza Hendricks, Rassie Van Der Dussen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Kagiso Rabada/Lungi Ngidi/ Anrich Nortje, Beuran Hendricks, Tabraiz Shamsi, Bjorn Fortuin/Gorge Linde
South Africa will odds on favorite to make it 3-0 and whitewash the host. With the form the Irish are in with the bat, they don’t have a chance against this Proteas bowling attack.
Batsman: David Miller is the finisher in the South African ranks and he came back to his best in the last game scoring 75. Rassie Van der Dussen despite having a lean time is SA’s best-ranked T20I batsman. Paul Stirling has not fired with the bat but delivered with the ball in the 2nd game as was Aiden Markram.
Wicket-Keeper: Quinton De Kock will be the best pick from the wicket-keeping section. He is expected to make a big score which he is yet to in this series.
All-rounder: Simi Singh and Mark Adair from Ireland. These 2 can be useful in both departments of the game. So they can be picked along with Wiaan Mulder of South Africa who played a key role with the bat to take SA to a respectable score.
Bowlers: The no.1 ranked T20 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, along with Bjorn Fortuin can be picked from South Africa as genuine wicket-takers. They picked 7 and 3 wickets respectively in this series. From Ireland, Josh Little can be selected.
Fantasy Team: Quinton De Kock(vc), Aiden Markram, Rassie Van Der Dussen, David Miller, Paul Stirling, Simi Singh, Wiaan Mulder, Mark Adair,Bjorn Fortuin, Tabraiz Shamsi(C), Josh Little
Captain– Tabraiz Shamsi
The number 1 ranked T20I bowler can be made the captain of the fantasy side after his exemplary show in the 1st two games. The chinaman bowler has been brilliant in this format throughout the year.
Vice-Captain – Quinton De Kock
The in-form Quinton De Kock can be picked as vice-captain of the side. He was the highest run-scorer for the Proteas in their last T20 series against West Indies.