IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Ireland aim for parity, South Africa eye momentum for T20 World Cup

IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Ireland aim for parity, South Africa eye momentum for T20 World Cup
IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Ireland aim for parity, South Africa eye momentum for T20 World Cup

IRE vs SA 2nd T20: South Africa will hope to seal the series when they take field on Thursday against Ireland in Belfast. The visitors come into the clash on the back of a comfortable win in the first game, and will look to continue their good form with an eye on their preparation for the T20 World Cup. As for Ireland, the hosts will hope to rekindle some of their ODI series magic and level the series.

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IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Preview

South Africa showcased their strenght in the first T20 against Ireland, as they clinched a comfortable 33-run win in Malahide. Aiden Markram held the innings together in the middle while bursts from Quinton de Kock at the top and Kagiso Rabada in the end saw the Protas register 165 on the board. Tabraiz Shamsi then followed it up with a four wicket haul to restrict the hosts to just 132, coming through on his repuation as the World No.1 bowler in ICC T20I rankings. Quinton de Kock will hope that his side can build on their performance and get some much needed momentum as they prepare for the T20 World Cup, having been drawn in a group with Wst Indies, Australia and England.

Ireland meanwhile will be hoping to pull off a performance like they did in the ODIs and level the series on Thursday. The hosts failed to get going and struggled with both bat and ball in the first T20, but will be hoping to bounce back. The performance of Harry Tector and Barry McCarthy will have pleased Ireland, and captain Andrew Balbirnie will hope that he along with senior pros Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien can contribute effectively.

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IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Date, time and venue

The game will be played at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast. The match will begin at 8:30 PM IST on Thursday, July 22.

IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Predicted XIs

Ireland: Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Simi Singh, Lorcan Tucker, Shane Getkate, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little

South Africa: Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lizaad Williams, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi

IRE vs SA 2nd T20 live streaming details

Fans can watch Ireland vs South Africa T20I Series on the FanCode mobile app. FanCode has partnered with Ireland Cricket to exclusively live stream all the cricket matches in India.