Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 9 Runs | IRE: 132/9 (34 runs required, RR: 6.60)

  • Josh Little15 (18b)
  • Barry McCarthy30 (25b)
  • Lungi Ngidi4-0-18-2
  • Kagiso Rabada4-0-28-1

That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. Hope you enjoyed this coverage. The second T20I is on July 22, we'll see you then. On behalf of Himanshu and Ranjith, this is Sreshth saying goodbye.

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Temba Bavuma says they wanted a few more runs in the first innings, but were hampered by the early powerplay wickets. But he said he was sure their bowling was their strength, and is "super happy" with that aspect of their game. "It helps" a lot when the mystery spinner is doing well. Some words of encouragement for Rabada, Ngidi, Lizaad and Linde too.

Andy Balbirnie says they would've taken 165 at the half way stage.

Tabraiz Shamsi is the Player of the Match He says he's happy with his bowling. Tried to assess the pitch. In Ireland, he expected to have a "holding role" but was happy coming into the game as a dominant force in this match. He still has some variations up his sleeve.

7.20pm A comprehensive win for South Africa, done thanks to their bowlers. Ngidi and the pacers at the top, and then Shami's four-for through the middle overs. They lead the three-match series 1-0, but will be wary of how they batted in this match.

Remember, they had lost three powerplay wickets, and their batting was sluggish for the most part on a small ground. Ireland had a few things to be pleased about, their new-ball bowling and the control Adair and Singh showed with the ball. However, they will want more from their batters ahead of match number two in a couple day's time.

Niroop: "We should stop treating Ireland as associates and stop giving them moral victories in an otherwise one sided innings. That's a disrespect to the progress they are making and improvement they should get in future"

Ngidi to Little, no run, back of a length, the short ball following the batter. Ducks, looks at the square-leg umpire, who says its a legal ball, and that's that! South Africa win by 33 runs

Moral victory for Ireland's 10th-wicket partnership if they can survive this ball

Ngidi to McCarthy, 1 run, good length, on middle and leg. Clubbed to deep backward square leg

Anshit: "This is now the highest 10th wicket partnership in T20I among test playing nations. PS: T20I records have too many associate nations."

Ireland 2nd innings Partnerships

1st6KJ O'BrienPR Stirling
2nd1KJ O'BrienA Balbirnie
3rd16A BalbirnieGH Dockrell
4th11A BalbirnieHT Tector
5th12HT TectorSimi Singh
6th17LJ TuckerHT Tector
7th7SC GetkateHT Tector
8th0MR AdairHT Tector
9th18BJ McCarthyHT Tector
10th44BJ McCarthyJB Little