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Ireland vs South Africa: Winnable factors for third T20I
Jul 23, 2021, 9:00:00 AM

Ireland vs South Africa: Winnable factors for third T20I 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.

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Top Batsmen

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.

Top Bowler

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.

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Words: William Paul

Images: PA