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Ireland Out To Build on Batting Promise

South Africa may have returned to Ireland after nearly 14 years, but on the day of their first ODI, they spent more time waiting for the rain to stop at the Village venue in Dublin than actually participating in the match on the field.

Andrew Balbirnie and William Porterfield

Andrew Balbirnie and William Porterfield each struck fiftys in between rain interruptions to help the hosts reach 195 for 4 in 40.2 overs. Even Harry Tector and Mark Adair contributed usefully, setting the tone for the rest of the series. South Africa is seeking to capitalize on their success in limited-overs cricket after returning from the West Indies with a T20I series victory. The visitors’ batting, which had been scrutinized throughout the series, was put to the test in the first one-dayer and will continue to be scrutinized.

What to anticipate:

Cloudy and windy conditions are forecast, with the prospect of rain not being ruled out. It’s predicted to be comparable to the conditions for the first one-dayer, but perhaps there will be more opportunities to play.

When: July 13, 2021, 11:00 AM local time (3:30 PM IST)

Where: Ireland vs South Africa, The Village ground, Dublin

Team News:

Ireland :

The hosts are unlikely to make any changes to their starting lineup after a solid showing in a rain-affected match.

Likely XI: William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Mark Adair

South Africa :

There’s little incentive for South Africa to make changes now that their batting hasn’t been put to the test and their bowlers haven’t had enough chances to shine.

Likely XI: Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne (wk), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lungi Ngidi

What they had to say:

We’re lucky in that the majority of our players can play both 50-over and T20 cricket. As a result, when discussing culture, it becomes easier to let it flow. It enables us to use the same sort of language in all of our forms. We know there’s a process we’d like to master in pursuing results, and that’s where our main concentration is.” South African captain Temba Bavuma says,

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