Wayne Parnell: After Ireland had South Africa at 85 for 4 at one point, Heinrich Klaasen and David Miller helped South Africa score 89 off the final six overs.
After sweeping Ireland 2-0, South Africa completed the white-ball portion of their tour of the UK with a second T20I series victory. They have had the best possible preparation for the World Cup thanks to their 44-run victory in Bristol, which was their fourth victory in five T20Is in ten days.
Ireland, on the other hand, suffered their third series defeat of the summer and their eighth straight T20I loss. They have failed to win a T20 international match since qualifying for the T20 World Cup in February. Later this month, they will host Afghanistan for five games in an effort to fine-tune their lineups before the major competition.
Ireland’s attack needs to be more disciplined, as evidenced by the fact that they bowled eight wides and a no-ball in game two and 13 wides in game one. Meanwhile, their batting order is in desperate need of Paul Stirling’s return to form and the contributions of at least one other player in the top six.
After fighting valiantly in the first game, they came up short in the second against a South African onslaught that was adept at adapting to the circumstances. Dwaine Pretorius contributed with 3 for 33, and Wayne Parnell had a career-high 5 for 30 using the short ball.
Ireland would ultimately be irritated by the large number of runs they gave up quickly after keeping South Africa quiet at the start and finish of their innings. After 14 overs, South Africa were 93 for 4, but 71 runs were shared by David Miller and Heinrich Klaasen for the fifth wicket, pushing them over 180.
Because of this, South Africa has won 18 of their last 26 Twenty20 international games since June of last year, including four series wins and a tie.
a powerful play with lots of opportunities
With the new ball, Ireland had many chances to score, but they had to wait until Quinton de Kock made a terrible shot for one of them to matter. When they took away the slip and de Kock stole the last ball off Andy McBrine’s opening over, they should have dismissed him for 1, but no one was there to grab the catch.
When Mark Adair teased the outside edge with a ball that tilted away but was too good for de Kock to hit, they could have also removed him in the following over. In his subsequent over, Adair defeated de Kock once more before facing him head-on. Additionally, when de Kock smacked a short-of-a-length ball over mid-on out of desperation in Josh Little’s first over, they also had the opportunity to get rid of him.
When he attempted to pull Barry McCarthy, they finally managed to catch him and discovered Curtis Campher at deep square leg. De Kock’s most recent fifty was in September 2021, and he has now gone 11 T20I innings without one.
Reeza Hendricks, at the other end, too encountered difficulty, flashed a few times, and was frequently defeated, but he also produced some magnificent strokes. He was on 32 off 22 balls when de Kock was dismissed.
Digging a hole for South Africa is Delany.
After 11 overs, South Africa had dragged themselves to 58 for 2, when Aiden Markram decided to take charge and get things going. Hendricks got a single and there was a wide, so Gareth Delany could have been a bit anxious about bowling his third. He scored 24 of the 26 runs taken off McBrine’s final over.
However, the legspinner struck quickly and had Markam pushing a short ball straight to deep midwicket after getting past Hendricks’ defence to prevent him from being the only batter to hit five consecutive T20I fifties. 150 seemed a long way off when South Africa was 85 for 4 in the 13th over and 93 for 4 after 14 overs.
Miller and Klaasen helped remove them.
However, South Africa did reach 150 in the space of the following 18 balls; in fact, they were now in a position to go for 180 or more. Miller and Klaasen scored 71 runs together, including 63 runs in only three overs, to completely destroy Ireland’s methodical efforts.
Before Miller drove Delany over long-off, Klaasen had already swept Delany twice. Miller then hit Adair for back-to-back sixes and a four through the covers, and the two batters combined to score 28 runs off McCarthy’s third over. McCarthy maintained his yorker length, but two others that turned out to be full tosses were hit for six, while one that was too wide went through point for four.
After 17 overs, South Africa had a score of 156 for 4, and may have even had 200 in sight, when Little had Klaasen caught at short third. South Africa could only score 181 runs because Ireland let them score 25 runs in the last three overs.
After Andile Phehlukwayo and Pretorius, Parnell is likely third in line for all-rounders, but his ball-handling skills during this series have served as an important reminder of what he is capable of. He was used at the first substitution on Wednesday, but he started bowling in this match and offered swing.
However, Andy Balbirnie was defeated by the extra bounce that Parnell received up front. Balbirnie attempted to bunt a back-of-a-length ball through the covers but instead received a leading edge from Keshav Maharaj, leaving him out for an eight-ball duck. As Lorcan Tucker moved down the track to try to hit Parnell’s next ball over the top, Tucker fired a hesitant stroke to Pretorius at mid-on, giving Parnell a hat-trick.
The hat-trick ball was dodged by Harry Tector, but Ireland was already in trouble at 3 for 2. When Parnell returned in the 13th over, he used the short ball to take two more wickets. De Kock then made a diving catch to get rid of Andy McBrine, giving Parnell a total of five wickets. Parnell now has 50 wickets in T20Is, marking his first five-for total.
First down, then out.
With strong strokes on the leg side off Parnell’s second over and a huge pull off Pretorius, Stirling appeared to be on the verge of breaking his streak of 14 innings without a T20I half-century and a 51 against Oman last December. When Lungi Ngidi came on to replace Parnell, he caught Stirling off guard with a long ball when he was expecting a shorter one.
Stirling pulled too soon and bottom-edged onto his box, which caused him to fall to the ground in a heap of anguish. After a few minutes, he regained his calm, but Ngidi had read him and had sent a full, slower ball that Stirling swiped at. The leading edge moved into the short third, where Markram collected it while sprinting from the point.
Ireland’s powerplay finished with a score of 40 for 3, leaving little hope for them to challenge South Africa. They were bowled out in the 19th over despite managing two partnerships in the 40s.