IRE vs SA, 3rd ODI: From Andrew Balbirnie, Harry Tector to Janneman Malan, Kagiso Rabada top 4 in-form players to watch out for – Andy Balbirnie led from the front as Ireland scripted history by defeating South Africa in the 2nd ODI at home. After a promising display of batting in the first ODI, the host continued the good run. In the first game, Ireland, batting first, put up 195/4 in the 40.2 overs that they were able to bat. William Porterfield’s 87-ball 63 and Balbirnie’s 65 off 79 balls had laid a strong foundation to make it challenging for South Africa to chase in the windy conditions of Dublin. But the weather had different plans, rain interrupted the play twice before the match was officially called off.
They have now taken a 1-0 lead against Proteas. Mark Adair, Joshua Little, and Andy McBrine took a couple of wickets each as South Africa lost by 43 runs. Except for Janneman Malan (84) and Rassie van der Dussen (49), the entire batting order failed to leave its mark.
As the Ireland team takes on South Africa in the final ODI in search of a series win we at Insidesport will take you through 4 players who could play a vital role in the final ODI.
IRE vs SA, 3rd ODI: Andrew Balbirnie
Captain leading from the front – Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie lead his side from the front by scoring a magnificent century in the second game. He smashed 102 runs in 117 balls with the help of 10 boundaries and two fours. He was striking the ball at 87 against the experienced bowling attack of South Africa. He is also the highest run-scorer for the series with 167 runs under his belt.
IRE vs SA, 3rd ODI: Harry Tector
Ireland number middle-order batsman Harry Tector played a wonderful innings of 79 runs in 68 balls with the help of six boundaries and four maximums. He is the second-highest run-scorer in the series with 104 runs to his name.
IRE vs SA, 3rd ODI: Janneman Malan
Chasing a challenging total of 291, South Africa opener Janneman Malan gave visitors a solid start. He scored 84 runs in 96 balls. His innings consisted of seven fours and four sixes. He will play a vital role in the third ODI against Ireland.
IRE vs SA, 3rd ODI: Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada has not looked at his best in this series so far. He has just picked three wickets in two innings. The right-arm pacer is the leading wicket-taker of the series and if South Africa is to avoid the embarrassing series defeat against Ireland then Rabada needs to shine in the final game