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Ireland vs South Africa, 1st T20I - Cricket Match Prediction, Fantasy XI Tips & Probable XI

Ireland will take on South Africa in the 1st T20I at Bristol. 

By Rishabh Gautam August 02, 2022 • 16:41 PM

Ireland will take on South Africa in the 1st T20I at Bristol. 

IRE vs SA: Match Details


  • Date - Wednesday, August 3, 2022
  • Time - 04:30 PM IST
  • Venue - Country Ground, Bristol

IRE vs SA: Match Preview:

With the series drawn at 1-1, the decider T20I between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh is expected to be a close contest. Captain Andy Balbirnie has been the top scorer for the Irish team in T20I this year, with 328 runs to his name in 13 innings. Explosive batter and Balbinrie's opening partner, Paul Stirling has 288 runs in 13 innings. The Irish batting is further strengthened by Harry Tector & Gareth Delany to present a strong challenge in front of the Proteas. 

Craig Young and Joshua Little have been the top wicket takers for the Ireland team with 21 and 19 wickets in 11 and 12 matches respectively. Along with Mark Adair, the Irish bowling will be faced with a challenge to take on the South African batters. 

South Africa are on the other hand are coming with a 2-1 win against England in the 3-match T20I series. Reeza Hendricks has been the top scorer for the South African team with 207 runs in 5 innings, followed by Heinrich Klaasen with 157 runs in 5 matches. It is further strengthened by Rilee Rossouw, David Miller, Rassie van der Dussen, and young explosive batter Tristan Stubbs. 

Lungi Ngidi has been the top wicket-taker for South Africa with 11 wickets to his name in 5 matches. The bowling department also comprises Tabraiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje and Andile Phehlukwayo, who will present a challenge in front of the Irish batters. 

Match Prediction: Who Will Win The Match? IRE vs SA

South Africa will start as favourites to win the first T20I against the harmless-looking Ireland side. 

IRE vs SA Head-to-Head:

  • Total – 3
  • Ireland – 0
  • South Africa – 3
  • No result – 0

IRE vs SA Team News:

There are no injury updates from either team as of now.

IRE vs SA Probable Playing XI:

  • Ireland - Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little
  • South Africa - Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rilee Rossouw, Aiden Markram, David Miller (c), Tristan Stubbs, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

Also Read: Scorecard

IRE vs SA Fantasy XI:

  • Wicket-keeper – Quinton de Kock, Lorcan Tucker
  • Batters – Harry Tector, Andy Balbirnie, Aiden Markram, Reeze Hendricks
  • All-rounders – Andile Phehlukwayo, Gareth Delany
  • Bowlers – Joshua Little, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi


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