Jul 28, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Miller’s muscle and Shamsi’s wizardry help Proteas clinch T20I series

The Proteas beat Ireland by 32 runs in the second T20I to take an unbeateable 2-0 lead in the three match series.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Proteas found themselves in a hole early as both Temba Bavuma and Janneman Malan departed in the first over, before the team even got off the mark.

Proteas efforts with the bat led by Miller

The rest of the top order struggled and when Quinton de Kock fell after the powerplay many Proteas fans would have feared the worst.

However, it was all about the last ten overs and a brutal onslaught from David Miller, who cleared the boundary five times on his way to an unbeaten 75.

Wian Mulder provided Miller with support for much of his innings, sharing a 58 run stand with the veteran and contributing 36 valuable runs himself.

From 58 for 5 after the tenth over, the Proteas reached 159 for 7 by the close of their innings, enough to make them slim favourites.

Ireland falter in response

Asked to open the bowling Bjorn Fortuin struck early for the Proteas after a tight first over, when Kevin O’Brien tamely pushed one back to the left-arm spinner who accepted the caught and bowled chance with glee.

Beuran Hendricks would end Andrew Balbirnie’s stay at the crease not long after to leave Ireland 23 for 2.

Goerge Dockrell and Paul Stirling came together, and for a time it looked as if Ireland might mount a challenge but Shamsi’s entrance into the attack put those notions to bed.

Shamsi (3 for 14) and Fortuin (3 for 16) combined to account for Ireland’s entire middle-order, barring Harry Tector, who fell to the part-time off-spin of Aiden Markram. Shamsi claimed wickets in each of his first three overs.

Shane Getkate’s 24 off 18 balls would rank as Ireland’s top-score in the end and the finish lacked any real tension.

The two left-arm spinners took six wickets at the cost of just 30 runs and coming into the final four overs, Ireland needed 64 runs to win with just two wickets in hand.Hendricks and Ngidi would split the last two wickets as Ireland were bowled out for 117 with three balls to spare.