IRE vs SA Dream11 Prediction | 1st T20I | Match Preview

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IRE vs SA Dream11 Prediction, Probable Playing XI, and Fantasy Cricket Tips for 1st T20I Match, South Africa tour of Ireland, 2021.

Ireland will take on South Africa in the 1st T20I at The Village, Dublin.

IRE vs SA 1st T20I Match Preview


Ireland would be happy with how they performed in the ODI series as they managed to tie 1-1 against a stronger team like South Africa. Both the batting and bowling units performed equally, and the Ireland cricket team has a promising future. Two experienced players, Stirling and Kevin O’ Brien, will be opening for the team in T20Is.

Skipper Balbirnie is in great form as he scored a hundred in the ODIs. The middle and lower-middle order looks strong with players like Harry Tector, Dockrell, Curtis Campher, and Simi Singh, who scored a hundred in the last ODI. The bowlers have not been up to the mark but have shown promise that they can win the matches for the team.

Joshua Little and Craig Young are the crucial wicket-takers of the team. Simi Singh and Andy McBrine can also trouble the batsmen and slower the scoring rate. By looking at the way Ireland performed in the ODI series, it would not be too much to say that they have a chance of winning the T20I series.

South Africa:

South Africa was expected to win the ODI series, but they managed to draw, and they would be careful about not repeating the same mistake in the T20Is. Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan are brilliant as they scored centuries in the last ODI. At No.3, skipper Bavuma has appeared to be struggling a bit. 

The middle-order is very strong with players like Rassie van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo. All these players can accelerate the scoring rate in the middle and death overs. They might play all three fast bowlers, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and Lungi Ngidi, and go with only one spinner, Maharaj or Shamsi.

South Africa can win this series, but it won’t be easy for them as Ireland is giving a good fight.

IRE vs SA Match Details

Ireland vs South Africa, 1st T20I, Ireland tour of South Africa 2021.

Venue: The Village, Dublin.

Date: 19th July 2021

Time: 08:30 PM IST

Live Score

IRE vs SA Pitch Condition

Average 1st innings score: 159

Average 2nd innings score: 140

(The average score is based on 14 matches played at this venue)

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They are playing at the same venue as the ODIs. So we can expect a high-scoring thriller as the pitch won’t change much in 40 overs. Chasing teams had more success here in the T20Is.

(The team chasing has won nine out of the 14 matches played at this venue.)

IRE vs SA Weather Report

The weather will be sunny, and there is no chance of rain at any point in the match.

Ireland vs South Africa Head-to-Head Records

Match Played: 0

IRE Won: 0

SA Won: 0

Tied: 0

No Results: 0

IRE vs SA Dream11 Team News


  • The experienced Kevin O’Brien, who has retired from ODI’s, will be back to play the T20I.
  • Barry McCarthy might get a chance in the playing XI.

South Africa:

  • Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi might play together in the 1st T20I.
  • There is also a chance that Wiaan Mulder and George Linde would play in place of David Miller and Andile Phehlukwayo.
  • Bjorn Fortuin can also be tried in the place of Anrich Nortje.

Probable Playing XI


Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (C), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker, Simi Singh, Shane Getkate, Barry McCarthy, Josh Little, Craig Young.

South Africa:

Quinton De Kock (WK), Temba Bavuma (C), Aiden Markaram, Rassie Van der Dussen, Heinrich Klaasen/David Miller, Dwaine Pretorius, George Linde, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lung Ngidi.

Top Picks for IRE vs SA Dream11 Prediction

Ireland top picks for Dream11:

Paul Stirling:

(78 M, 2124 R, 29.91 A + 81 O, 17 W)

Stirling is also an experienced player and opens the innings for the team. He has scored 18 fifties so far in the T20I format and can also bowl a few overs of spin.

Andy Balbirnie:

(42 M, 945 R, 25.54 A)

He is the captain of the team and is in brilliant form in the recent matches. Balbirnie has four fifties to his name in the T20I format.

Kevin O’Brien:

(96 M, 1672 R, 21.16 A + 150.3 O, 58 W)

Kevin is the most experienced player on the team and is an all-rounder. He is most likely to open the innings in the T20Is.

George Dockrell:

(77 M, 268 R, 13.40 A + 228.2 O, 76 W)

He bowls left-arm orthodox and can also bat brilliantly. Dockrell performed well in the recent ODI series.

Joshua Little:

(17 M, 56.4 O, 11 W)

Joshua is a left-arm fast bowler and has a good record in the ODIs. He is yet to prove himself in the T20Is.

Craig Young:

(32 M, 92 O, 27 W)

He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and bowls at a decent pace. Craig has the best figure of 13/4 in the T20Is.

Simi Singh:

(24 M, 207 R, 10.89 A + 60.2 O, 21 W)

Simi is a batting allrounder and scored a hundred in the last ODI. But he has had more success with the ball than with the bat.

Andy McBrine:

(19 M, 73 R, 12.16 A + 29 O, 13 W)

He bowls right-arm off-break and sometimes bats up the order. Andy can be a good pick if he bats early in the innings.

Mark Adair:

(18 M, 64.5 O, 27 W)

Adair is a right-arm fast bowler and bowled well in the ODI series. He maintains an economy of less than seven and picks up wickets consistently.

Barry McCarthy:

(10 M, 34.1 O, 11 W)

He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler but is quite expensive in the T20I format.

Harry Tector:

(20 M, 364 R, 26 A)

Tector is a young right-handed batsman and scored runs well in the ODI series. He has a strike rate of over 130 in T20Is.

South Africa top picks for Dream11:

Quinton de Kock:

(52 M, 1558 R, 33.15 A)

He opens the innings for the team and is in brilliant form this year. De Kock has nine fifties in the T20I format.

Janneman Malan:

(9 M, 237 R, 26.33 A)

Malan is a right-handed batsman and has been in exceptional form in the ODIs, but he is yet to prove himself in the T20Is.

Rassie van der Dussen:

(25 M, 725 R, 38.16 A)

Rassie is scoring runs consistently in every format. He has five fifties in this format.

Aiden Markram:

(9 M, 310 R, 34.44 A)

He generally opens the innings but had a tough time in the ODI series, but he has been in exceptional form in T20Is.

Kagiso Rabada:

(31 M, 114.1 O, 38 W)

Rabada is the most consistent wicket-taker on the team. He doesn’t have an excellent record in the T20I format, which he can change in this series.

Lungi Ngidi:

(21 M, 71.2 O, 33 W)

He is a tall right-arm fast bowler, picks up wickets regularly, and goes for many runs.

Temba Bavuma:

(13 M, 325 R, 27.08 A)

Skipper Bavuma is a decent striker of the ball and has appeared to be out of the form in the recent matches.

Anrich Nortje:

(9 M, 33 O, 7 W)

Nortje bowls at a good pace and troubles the batsmen but has conceded many runs in the recent matches.

Andile Phehlukwayo:

(34 M, 127 R, 9.07 A + 98.4 O, 39 W)

He is a bowling all-rounder but is equally good with the bat. Phelukwayo’s record in T20Is has not been that great.

Tabraiz Shamsi:

(37 M, 138 O, 38 W)

Shamsi is a left-arm chinaman bowler and picks up wickets by maintaining a reasonable economy rate.

Heinrich Klaasen:

(22 M, 427 R, 23.72 W)

He bats in the middle-order and can hit big sixes, but he has not been in his best form recently.

George Linde:

(12 M, 101 R, 11.22 A + 40 O, 11 W)

Linde is a left-arm orthodox bowler and can also bat down the order. 

IRE vs SA Dream11 Prediction

Final Team:

Q de Kock (C)

A Markram, J Malan, P Stirling, A Balbirnie

G Dockrell, Mark Adair

K Rabada (Vc), L Ngidi, T Shamsi, B McCarthy

Captain and Vice-captain choices

  • Quinton de Kock
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Anrich Nortje
  • Aiden Markram
  • Paul Stirling

We will update the final Fantasy Team on Telegram Channel.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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