The World Cup Super League points are at stake with Ireland squaring-off against South Africa in the first of the 3-match ODI series on July 11.
The hosts Ireland are currently in the 10th place on the Super League table. Their talisman Kevin O’Brien recently retired and his absence will leave a gaping hole in the team. His shoes were expected to be filled by William Porterfield. However, he injured his finger on Saturday. But luckily, late into the day, he was deemed fit to play. Jeremy Lawlor, an uncapped player, was added to the squad as back-up. Ireland come into the series on the back of a defeat to the Netherlands. Expect them to go for a nothing-to-lose approach against the favorites.
South Africa on the other hand are at the bottom of the points table. They have several fixtures coming up ahead, with this series setting things in motion. Temba Bavuma will lead the side in what will be his second ODI series as captain. Quinton de Kock comes into this match-up following stellar performances in their 3-2 T20I victory over West Indies. While he looks in imperious touch, rest of the batsmen need to show up. Their over-reliance on Rassie van der Dussen is also an issue. The bowling attack is as strong as ever, with Anrich Nortje expected to set the marker.
Match: Ireland vs South Africa, First ODI
Date and Time: 11th July 2021, 3:15 pm IST (10:45 am local time)
Venue: The Village, Dublin
The track and conditions should offer a lot for the pacemen of both sides. There’s a forecast for showers later on but the teams will hope that won’t affect the game. The strip should be perfect for South Africans considering the amount of bounce it offers. The team winning the toss might be looking to bat first.
Predicted Playing XI
Ireland: Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little, Craig Young
South Africa: Quinton de Kock (wk), Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
Ireland vs South Africa 2021: First ODI – Dream11 Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion 1: Quinton de Kock, William Porterfield, Aiden Markram, Andrew Balbirnie, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Captain: Quinton de Kock | Vice-captain: Andrew Balbirnie
Fantasy Suggestion 2: Quinton de Kock, Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Craig Young, Tabraiz Shamsi
Captain: Rassie van der Dussen | Vice-captain: Tabraiz Shamsi