South Africa have beaten Ireland by a huge margin of 44 runs in the second and final T20I in Bristol, England. With this victory, the Proteas achieved the glory of whitewashing the opponent in the two-match series. Earlier, South Africa won by 21 runs in the first match of the series.
Ireland won the toss and elected to field first on Friday (August 5). South Africa scored 182 runs losing 6 wickets in 20 overs. No batsman could score a half-century for the team. However, with a team effort, David Miller’s team got a big total.
The highest 42 runs came from the bat of in-form Reeza Hendricks, although he had to face 40 balls for it. Besides Heinrich Klaasen played a destructive innings of 39 runs off 16 balls, captain Miller scored an unbeaten 32 off 20 balls and Aiden Markram scored 27 runs off 10 balls. Gareth Delaney took two wickets for the Irish.
Chasing the target, Ireland started shakily. Andy Balbirnie and Lorcan Tucker returned to the dressing room within team’s 2 runs. Harry Tector’s 31-ball 34 and captain Paul Stirling’s 16-ball 28 innings only reduced the margin of defeat. In the end, Barry McCarthy prolonged the Proteas’ victory with a 19-ball 32-run innings.
Finally, Ireland’s innings ended at 138 runs in 18.5 overs. For South Africa, Wayne Parnell registered his career-best bowling figure of 5 wickets. Besides, Dwaine Pretorius took three wickets.