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Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: Ireland vs South Africa 2021 - 1st T20I

Ireland's Craig Young
Ireland's Craig Young
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The 1st T20I of the three-match series between Ireland and South Africa will be played at The Village, Dublin on July 19th.

Live Scores and Stats - Ireland vs South Africa 2021 - 1st T20I

Ireland might have been beaten convincingly in the ODIs, but South Africa might just prove too powerful for them in the shorter format, especially after their recent triumph in the West Indies.

Aiden Markram is the top run-scorer for South Africa with 292 runs from his last 7 matches at an average of 41 and a strike rate of 158.

Quinton de Kock has also made 255 runs at a strike rate of 141 from his last 5 matches.

Tabraiz Shamsi has been the best bowler for South Africa and has picked up 15 wickets from his last 10 matches while bowling at a strike rate of 15 and an economy rate of 5.54.

George Linde has also picked up 9 wickets from his last 9 matches.

How do you not pick a guy with scores of 84 and 177 not out in his has two international appearances? Janneman Malan has made it almost impossible for South Africa to ignore him any longer, but with several other players vying for the opening slot not least Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma, it will be interesting to see how South Africa fit Malan in.

Andile Phehlukwayo also did alright in the ODI series and given the conditions in Ireland, he might get the nod over George Linde.

Ireland have named an uncapped batsman William McClintock in the T20 squad. McClintock has been in superb form in domestic T20 cricket and has a good chance of getting picked to complement a strong Irish top four of Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector and George Dockrell.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XIs:

South Africa - Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan/Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Andile Phehlukwayo/George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi

Ireland - Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, William McClintock/Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - South Africa

Who will win? – South Africa

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Andrew Balbirnie (Ireland), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Andy McBrine (Ireland), Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa)

Most Sixes – Paul Stirling (Ireland), Quinton de Kock (South Africa)

Player of the Match –  Quinton de Kock

Team Scores Batting first - Ireland 170+, South Africa 190+

Match Handicap South Africa

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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