Date: July 16, 2021
Time: 3:15 PM IST
Venue: The Village, Dublin
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With the first match ending without any result and Ireland winning the second ODI of the three-match ODI series by 43 runs, the Irish side cannot lose the series now. However, that can allow them the license to play a fearless brand of cricket and go for a series win on Friday. Moreover, this is the ODI Super League and every win will count towards the World Cup qualification which will be further motivation for Ireland to repeat their performance of the second ODI in the final match. Meanwhile, South Africa would not want to lose a series to a side which had never defeated them in their history prior to the second ODI. Although it's kind of a rebuilding phase for the Proteas, they have experienced players who will be rearing to make a mark in the final match.
This could be a huge game for Ireland Cricket's history and thus the pressure will be on them. However, make no mistake, this is by no means is an easy game for South Africa and thus they are expected to bring back Quinton de Kock for this final ODI fixture with their backs to the wall. Andrew Balbirnie is likely to be the key for Ireland yet again while eyes will also be on Janneman Malan as far as the Proteas are concerned.
Senior cricketers like Aiden Markram, Paul Stirling, skipper Temba Bavuma would also look to make a mark on this game but even bowlers like Kagiso Rabada and Andy McBrine could prove to be good options for captain/vice-captain in the Fantasy side.
The pro tip is to fill the side with all-rounders who can make an impact on the match with more than one skill and even have a couple of wicketkeepers who can fetch points throughout the innings. Thus the likes of George Dockrell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Simi Singh, Mark Adair among the all-rounders and Lorcan Tucker apart from De Kock could also be considered for a place in the side.
Probable Playing XI
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Andy McBrine, Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Curtis Campher, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little
South Africa: Aiden Markram, Janneman Malan, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, Quinton de Kock (wk), David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi
Wicketkeepers: Quinton de Kock, Lorcan Tucker
Batsmen: Andrew Balbirnie, Rassie van der Dussen, Andy McBrine, Aiden Markram
All-rounders: George Dockrell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Simi Singh, Mark Adair
Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Andy McBrine, Anrich Nortje, Joshua Little
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