Ireland vs South Africa – 1st T20I Betting Tips

Host Ireland and South Africa will lock horns in the opening game of the T20I series at The Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin on Monday.

Uncapped opener William McClintok, wicket-keeper Stephen Doheny, and leg-spinner Benjamin White have been named in Ireland’s T20I squad for South Africa series. Captain Andrew Balbirnie will be hoping that the side can put on a strong show in this series opener.

On the other hand, South Africa managed to stage a strong comeback to level the three-match ODI series. The visitors might test their bench strength for their three-match T20I series against Ireland. Captain Temba Bavuma will be hoping that the side can put in a disciplined performance with bat and ball.

Ireland Form and Team News

The return of all-rounder Kevin O’Brien will bolster the batting resources for Ireland for this T20I series. 

The big positive for Ireland was splendid performances delivered by Harry Tector, Simi Singh, and Joshua Little in the recently concluded T20I series.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of opener Paul Stirling, captain Andrew Balbirnie, the middle-order trio of Simi Singh, Kevin O’Brien, and Harry Tector to deliver the bulk of the runs.

After having a quite one-day series with the bat, the team management will be hoping that Paul Stirling can break this lean run in this series opener.

Captain Andrew Balbirnie showed excellent form for the side in the recently concluded one-day series against South Africa.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Mark Adair, Craig Young, and Joshua Little to provide crucial breakthroughs. Simi Singh and George Dockrell will be given the task of drying up the runs in the middle-overs of the innings.

South Africa Form and Team News

The visitors will be keen to continue their winning momentum in this three-match T20I series. The team management might bring in Lungi Ngidi in place of Anrich Nortje for this series opener.

In the batting department, the onus will be on the opening pair of Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock to get the side off to a flying start.

Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, David Miller and Rassie van der Dussen will make up the middle-order for South Africa.

In the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams, and Lungi Ngidi to deliver crucial breakthroughs.

Odds by Casumo

According to the Casumo sportsbook, South Africa will be favorites to win the opening game of the T20I series to be played at The Village in Dublin. For the first T20I, South Africa are placed at 1.13 odds, while Ireland placed at 4.50 odds.

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Our Tipster’s Angle

South Africa’s tour of Ireland moves on to the T20s now after the visitors managed to draw the three-match ODI series.

To prepare well for the upcoming T20 World Cup, South Africa will be keen to deliver their best cricket in this series opener. With the likes of Keshav Maharaj and Tabraiz Shamsi doing well in the limited-overs series, the expectations will be on the spinners to dismantle Ireland’s batting lineup.

Therefore, the prediction is for South Africa to beat Ireland by a comfortable margin in the first T20I game at the Village.

Tip 1: Janneman Malan to continue his good form at the top

After producing career-best performances of 177 runs in the series finale, Janneman Malan will be keen to cement his place in the T20I side. He has played nine T20Is for South Africa in which he has scored 237 runs at an average of 26.33 with one half-century to his name.

Given his excellent innings in the limited-overs series, we expect Janneman Malan to score 25 runs or more in this T20I series [email protected].

Tip 2: Tabraiz Shamsi has been the premier bowler for South Africa in T20Is

Left-arm Chinaman has been the match-winner for South Africa in the shortest format of the game. Since November, wrist spinner has topped the bowling charts for South Africa and claimed 21 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 16.90.

Given his immaculate performances for Proteas in the 20-over format, we expect spinner Tabraiz Shamsi to pick one wicket or more in this [email protected].


Expect South Africa to beat Ireland in the opening fixture and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series.

  1. Janneman Malan to score 25 runs or more- South Africa @3.00
  2. Tabraiz Shamsi to take one wicket or more-South [email protected]


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