IRE vs SA | 3rd T20I: South Africa complete clean sweep win

Somya Kapoor

| Jul 25, 2021 8:00 AM

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South Africa completed a clean sweep win against Ireland in the three-match T20I series after winning the final clash by 49 runs in Belfast. Chasing a stiff total of 190, Ireland were restricted to 140/9 in 20 overs. 

The hosts didn’t have a great start after they lost Kevin O'Brien early in the chase and never looked steady in the chase as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals to get reduced to 102/8. 

Captain Andrew Balbirnie top-scored with 27 off 22. For the Proteas, it was George Linde, Lizaad Williams and Wiaan Mulder who scalped a couple of wickets apiece. 

Earlier, the visitors rode on an emphatic 127-run partnership between Temba Bavuma and Hendricks and then a late surge from David Miller to post 189/2 in 20 overs. 

While Bavuma struck 72 off 51, Hendricks all notched up 69 off 48 and Miller chipped in with an unbeaten 17-ball 36. 

Simi Singh and Barry McCarthy were the only bowlers among the wickets for Ireland. 

Miller, who scored some valuable runs during the course, talked about his knock after the match.  

“It's nice to contribute after the one-dayers. I was struggling a little bit in the West Indies, it was nice to come out and get some runs on the board and hit it sweet again. Series win as well, a little bonus there,” he said. 

Captain Bavuma talked about the side’s preparations for the upcoming World T20 and his captaincy. 

“World Cup is still a couple of months away, we still have time to iron out all the little things, we are looking forward to that event. It's (captaincy) been tough. Personally from my point of view, you always want to lead with the bat as the leader. Being short there makes it tough,” he said. 

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