South Africa defeated Ireland by 3 runs in the first match of the three-match T20I series to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Batting first, South Africa scored 165 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Chasing the target, Ireland’s team could only manage 132 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.
Van der Dussen and Aiden Markram took over the innings
Ireland won the toss and elected to bowl and they achieved their first breakthrough in the form of the wicket of Quinton de Kock (20) for 31. At the same time, Janman Malan, who came to bat after Cock, was also dismissed early. He scored 4 runs. Opener Temba Bavuma was also dismissed after scoring 13 runs.
After this, Van der Dussen and Aiden Markram, who came to bat, played some excellent shots and pushed the score forward but Dussen was dismissed for 25 runs off 18 balls. Markram scored 39 runs in 30 balls and David Miller scored 28 runs in 21 balls. At the same time, Kagiso Rabada scored 19 runs in 9 balls to take Africa’s score to 165 runs for 7 wickets. For Ireland, Mark Adair took 3 wickets for 39 runs in 4 overs, Simi Singh took 2 wickets for 19 runs in 3 overs and Joshua Little took 2 wickets for 27 runs.
Ireland also lost wickets early
Chasing the target, Ireland quickly lost the wickets of Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien. Sterling 6 and Brian got out without a run. After him, George Dockrell also went on after scoring 2 runs. Andrew Balbirnie tried to handle the innings, but he too could not last long and was sent to the pavilion by Lungi Ngidi on a personal score of 22 runs. At that time Ireland’s score was 34 runs after the loss of 4 wickets.
Harry Tector, while trying to stay at the crease, scored 36 runs off 34 balls but no batsman from the other end supported him. McCarthy played an unbeaten knock of 30 runs in the end but it was insufficient and the team reached a tight score of 132 for 9.
Tabrez took four wickets
For South Africa, Tabrez Shamsi took 4 wickets for 27 runs in 4 overs. Lungi Ngidi took 2 wickets for 18 runs in 4 overs and George Linde took 2 wickets for 26 runs in 4 overs.