IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Ireland will hope to restore parity in the series when they host South Africa in the penultimate game of the tour on Thursday. After drawing the ODI series 1-1, the Proteas clinched a 1-0 lead courtesy of Tabraiz Shamsi’s brilliant four-wicket haul. South Africa will look to wrap the series in Belfast, while the hosts will look to bounce back from their Malahide mauling. But when the time comes in the 2nd T20, there are the likes of Quinton de Kock, Kevin O’Brien amongst others who can be game-changer for their teams.
Ahead of the crunch game, here’s a look at five players who could potentially star in the IRE vs SA 2nd T20.
IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi was visually unplayable in the first T20I and the left-arm wrist spinner will look to continue his good performance on Thursday. With an economy of less than 7 in his 38-match career, Shamsi is one of the finest slow bowlers in the shortest format of the game, and will definitely be one to watch out for on Thursday.
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IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Kevin O’Brien
Kevin O’Brien had a day to forget last time out, going out without troubling the scorers as Ireland succumbed to a 33-run defeat. Nonetheless, the veteran will be keen to reverse his fortunes in Belfast and remains one of Ireland’s great assets on the field. O’Brien’s ability to turn up with both bat and ball will be vital should Ireland aim to bounce back and level the series.
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock is South Africa’s best batsman by a mile and the wicket-keeper will have the responsibility of making the first six overs of the game count. He started off well racing to 22 but perished shortly after an initial promise. De Kock will hope to build on the promise and bag a huge score and pull the series in the bag on Thursday.
IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Rassie van der Dussen
Rassie van der Dussen has established himself as a main man in the South African middle order. The 32-year-old scored a well compiled 25 in the first T20I, and his numbers in 20-over cricket suggest that he is definitely one to look out for. Van der Dussen averages 37.50 in T20Is for South Africa and has a strike rate of 137.36 making him one of the most dependable batsmen on Temba Bavuma’s side.
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IRE vs SA 2nd T20: Simi Singh
Simi Singh made history last week when he became the first batsman to score a century coming in to bat at No.8 in ODIs. While he couldn’t repeat his heroics with the bat in the opening T20I, he chipped in effectively with the ball and was Ireland’s best bowler with figures of 2/19 in his four overs. Singh will hope that runs can flow from his bat on Thursday and help his team level the series in Belfast.