Fifties from Reeza Hendrix and Aiden Markram took South Africa to 211-5 in their 20 overs. In pursuit of a massive chase, Ireland slipped to 84–5 before Tucker and George Dockrell (43 from 28 balls) lost 190 in their 20 overs until wickets fell at the end of the chase. ended at -0.
South Africa won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 23 runs in the first three overs before being dismissed for seven by Quinton de Kock in the first ball of the fourth over. Attempting a quick single, the left-hander was caught short after Harry Tector went to mid-off and hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end.
Rassie van der Dussen went for ten overs after a few overs, his flick effort resulted in a third man catch off Andrew McBrine. From there, Hendricks and Markram shared a 112-run partnership for the third wicket. Hendrix continued to dominate the early stages of the partnership, continuing his stellar recent form to reach his fourth consecutive T20I fifty in just 32 balls.
While Markram was patient in the beginning – he scored 11 runs in his first 13 balls – the boundaries soon began to flow. His half-century was achieved off just 25 balls, with the right-handed batsman scoring 20 runs off four consecutive Josh Little deliveries in one leg.
Hendrix and Markram’s partnership eventually came to an end in the 16th over when the latter dismissed Gareth Delany at deep midwicket. After Markram was dismissed for 56 off 27 balls, with two fours and five sixes, Hendrix fell on the very next ball, to dismiss Paul Stirling for 74, his 53-ball knock with ten fours and a six. Hit six.
South Africa, with Tristan Stubbs (24 off 11) and Dwayne Pretorius (21 not out off seven balls), made a swift comeback from those two blows, taking the Proteas to 211. In reply, left-arm pacer Wayne Parnell dismissed the Irish opening pair. Stirling (18) and Andrew Balbirnie (14).
Tucker to truly ignite the innings as he scored 24 runs off just eight balls, effectively using his feet to come down the pitch and strike Parnell in the air. Tector, Delaney and Curtis Camper all went cheap but Tucker kept motoring, and found the right partner in Dockrell to revive Ireland’s innings.
The pair hit a half-century in just 25 balls, and when Tucker hit a six and then a four off Shamsi in the 17th over, Ireland were truly in the game. But Tucker failed to connect properly with his shot against the wrist-spinner, handing an easy catch to de Kock behind the stumps, and Dockrell didn’t last long on Pretorius’ delivery.
From there South Africa took full control, with Mark Adair and McBrine departing before securing the victory, leaving Ireland 21 runs short, in yet another case.
Brief scores: South Africa 211-5 in 20 overs (Reeza Hendrix 74, Aiden Markram 56; Gareth Delany 2-31) beat Ireland 190-9 in 20 overs (Lorcan Tucker 78, George Dockrell 43; Keshav Maharaj 2- 29, Wayne Parnell 2-36) by 21 runs
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