Ireland vs South Africa: Winnable factors for third T20I
Sportsbet.io discusses the key factors that will decide who seals a win in the third T20I between Ireland and South Africa.
Bat first or second
Bowlers had a major say in the second T20I in Belfast, and the odds are in favour of the toss-winning captain opting to bowl first upon winning the coin toss. With the series in their favour at present, South Africa are well-placed to win the toss.
Head to head record
South Africa is in line to register a 3-0 sweep against Ireland, and complete a 100 per cent record in their maiden T20I assignment against the hosts.
David Miller leads the run-scoring charts for South Africa in the ongoing T20I series, with 103 runs to his name. An experienced campaigner, Miller is well-placed to shine with the bat and lead the Proteas to a white-wash result.
Ireland need their warhorse Paul Stirling to go all guns blazing against South Africa in the dead rubber on Saturday. The seasoned all-rounder has registered 2149 runs in the T20I format so far and will look to consolidate his tally in the third T20I.
Tabraiz Shamsi is currently the leading wicket-taker of the series with seven wickets from two games at an average of 5.85. The left-arm wrist-spinner's economy rate of 5.12 means he can keep the Ireland batters in check, and is poised to cap off the T20I series with a match-winning spell.
Words: William Paul