South Africa have won all of their four T20I matches against Ireland.
IRE vs SA Team Preview:
Ireland (IRE) will be facing South Africa (SA) in the 2nd T20I match at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday. Ireland lost the opening fixture by 21 runs but put above-expected performance against South Africa. South Africa put 211 runs while batting first after brilliant fifties from Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram. For Ireland, Gareth Delany took two wickets and Andy McBrine and Josh Little contributed with one wicket each. In response, Ireland scored 190 runs with wicketkeeper batter Lorcan Tucker scoring 78 runs off just 38 balls and George Dockrell with 43 runs off 28 balls. Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj, and Tabraiz Shamsi took two wickets each to guide South Africa to a 21-run win.
IRE vs SA Match Details:
Ireland vs South Africa, 2nd T20I
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Date & Time: 5th August at 11:00 PM IST and 06:30 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: FanCode
IRE vs SA, 2nd T20I, Pitch Report:
The pitch is expected to provide a lot of support to the batters and pacers might have an edge during the initial few overs. The average first innings score in the last 5 T20I matches here is 178 runs.
South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has suffered an ankle injury.
IRE vs SA, 2nd T20I Probable Playing XIs:
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Gareth Delany, Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, Tristan Stubbs, Dwaine Pretorious, Wayne Parnell, Keshav Maharaj (c), Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi.
Top Picks for IRE vs SA Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
The star opening batter is in form of his life lately with his fourth consecutive fifty in the last match. He scored three 50-plus scores against England and smashed 74 runs off just 53 balls in the first match against Ireland.
The middle-order batter is the highest ranked South African batter in the ICC T20I batters chart. He scored 56 runs off just 27 balls in the first match, after hitting another fifty in the last match against England. He has now scored three fifties in his last five matches and will be a great choice to captain your fantasy team on Friday.
Top Picks – All-Rounder
The in-from all-rounder put an impactful display with both bat and ball in the first match. He scored unbeaten 21 runs off just 7 balls and then went on to take one wicket.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Shamsi ranks 2nd in ICC T20I rankings and put a very good spell in the first match. He took a big wicket of Lorcan Tucker in the first fixture, which proved a turning point of the match.
South African skipper was the best bowler in the first match while defending a big target. He took two wickets while conceding just 29 runs and has taken five wickets in his last three matches overall.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
The Irish keeper smashed 78 runs off just 38 balls and almost guided his team to a historic win over South Africa in the first match. This was his 2nd 70-plus knock in T20 cricket in the last three games as well.
IRE vs SA Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for IRE vs SA Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Team:
Quinton de Kock, Lorcan Tucker, Paul Stirling (vc), Reeza Hendricks, Aiden Markram (c), George Dockrell, Dwaine Pretorius, Gareth Delany, Tabraiz Shamsi, Joshua Little, Keshav Maharaj.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for IRE vs SA Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Team:
Quinton de Kock, Lorcan Tucker, Paul Stirling, Reeza Hendricks (c), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius (vc), Andy McBrine, Tabraiz Shamsi, Joshua Little, Mark Adair.
IRE vs SA Risky Captaincy Choices:
Quinton de Kock:
The star wicketkeeper batter is struggling for consistency in T20I cricket with just 24 runs in his last four matches. But he possesses the tremendous quality to turn a game around at any time, but still, he will be a risky captaincy choice against Ireland.
The South African youngster is enjoying a good start to his T20I career with 119 runs in just four innings at an average of 39.66 and a strike rate of 216.36. He smashed 24 runs off just 11 balls in the opening match but playing in lower order makes him a risky captaincy choice on Friday.
Player you should avoid:
The South African wicketkeeper batter didn’t get a chance to bat in the first match but he took two wickets while conceding 36 runs. He has scored 23 runs and has taken five wickets in his last five matches.
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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.