Ireland will take on South Africa in the 1st ODI of South Africa’s tour of Ireland which is scheduled to be played on 11th July at The Village, Dublin.
Ireland goes against South Africa in an ODI series for the first time, with them clearly being the underdogs despite having the benefit of playing at home. Given Ireland’s recent 1-2 ODI series loss to the Netherlands, they will need to considerably develop in this encounter against extremely strong opponents.
Top-order batsman Paul Stirling, as well as all-rounder George Dockrell, will no doubt be vital, while all-rounder Curtis Campher, who previously played for South Africa’s under-19s, will be pitted against his home nation.
South Africa approaches this ODI series on a strong note after winning their five-match T20i series against the West Indies, but the Proteas must avoid hubris against a formidable Ireland side. They are extremely talented with both the bat and the ball in shorter formats with all areas appearing to be covered.
Quinton de Kock is now in the best form of his life with the bat. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje provide heavy firepower, while Tabraiz Shamsi will be aiming to extend his recent T20 success into ODI cricket.
Probable Playing XIs
Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (C), William Porterfield, Graeme McCarter, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little, Barry McCarthy
Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (C), Reeza Hendricks, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Match: Ireland vs South Africa, 1st ODI
Date and Time: 11th July, 3:30 PM IST
Venue: The Village, Dublin
The pitch at the Village offers an equal amount of assistance to both aspects of the game. The pacers might get movement initially but batting becomes easier as the game progresses.
The team winning the toss would most probably opt to field first.
IRE vs SA Dream 11 Fantasy Suggestion
Quinton De Kock, Paul Stirling, Aiden Markram, Andy Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Simi Singh, Curtis Campher, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje
Captain: Quinton De Kock Vice-captain: Andy Balbirnie