Ireland vs South Africa, 2021 Match Prediction – Who will win today’s 1st T20I match between IRE vs SA?

The two teams are yet to play a T20I against each other.

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Ireland and South Africa are all set to take part in a three-match T20I series. The first game is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 19 at the Village in Dublin.

The three-match ODI series ended in a tie after the Proteas raced to a comprehensive win in the third game at the same venue. The Irish team put forth a spirited show after Simi Singh smashed his maiden ODI century, though it came in a losing cause.

The Proteas would also be high on confidence as they also beat the West Indies 3-2 in the away T20I series. The hosts, meanwhile, will be looking for a win against the odds.

Match Details

Match – Ireland vs South Africa – 1st match

Venue – The Village, Dublin

Time – 08:30 PM IST, 03:00 AM GMT

Where to watch live – Fancode

Pitch Report

The pitch in Dublin during the ODIs was a decent one for batting. The track isn’t expected to change in nature and a high-scoring game seems to be in store. The average score at the venue out of 13 T20Is isn’t on the lower side by any means. Ireland may want to bat first since they did well in both ODIs while doing so.

Avg score: 163 (13 T20Is in Dublin)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 8, Lost – 5, N/R – 0

Playing combination for IRE vs SA


Predicted XI

Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector/Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little, Craig Young

Bench: Graeme McCarter, Curtis Campher/Harry Tector, Shane Getkate, William McClintock, Benjamin White

South Africa

Predicted XI

Quinton De Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Bench: Reeza Hendricks, Janneman Malan, George Linde, Dwaine Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Kyle Verreynne, Bjorn Fortuin, Keshav Maharaj, Beuran Hendricks, Aiden Markram

IRE vs SA Head-to-Head

The two teams are yet to play a T20I against each other.

Probable best batsman of the match

Quinton de Kock– South Africa

Quinton de Kock didn’t play the first two matches of the ODI series, but he showed his class in the final match. Though he didn’t get the Player of the Match award, he turned up with 120 runs off 91 balls with 11 fours and five sixes. The southpaw also played brilliantly in the West Indies T20Is as he was the leading run-scorer with three half-centuries.

Probable best bowler of the match

Tabraiz Shamsi– South Africa

Tabraiz Shamsi is currently in stupendous form in limited-overs cricket. He picked up three wickets in the last ODI. The left-arm wrist-spinner also became the Player of the Series in the West Indies T20Is. He picked up seven wickets and gave over 20 runs in his spell in only one of the matches. Shamsi will again be expected to deliver with the ball in hand.

Today’s match prediction: South Africa to win the match.

Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.