1st T20I, Dublin (Malahide), Jul 19 2021, South Africa tour of Ireland
(20 ov, target 166)132/9
South Africa won by 33 runs
Player Of The Match
end of over 209 runs
IRE: 132/9CRR: 6.60 
Josh Little15 (18)
Barry McCarthy30 (25)
Lungi Ngidi 4-0-18-2
Kagiso Rabada 4-0-28-1

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."

Ngidi to Little, 1 run

good length, on off, and angling into him. Tries to clobber a shot to the square leg boundary, but it hits the bat and rolls away to cover instead

How important was that Rabada batting cameo in the first innings?

Ngidi to Little, SIX runs

slower ball, on off. Down on one knee and slogged over midwicket for six! The crowd shall get full entertainment from the home side even if the result is not as desired

Ngidi to Little, no run

good length, searing pace. Looks to cut, but too close to his body. Through to the keeper

Krishna: "McCarthy has doubled his T20 career runs in one innings!!!!! I think big teams should not take it easy playing against Ireland."

Ngidi to McCarthy, 1 leg bye

good length, on off and he swings across the line. Hits the pad in front of leg, and then goes past the keeper's right to third man

end of over 197 runs
IRE: 123/9CRR: 6.47 RRR: 43.00 • Need 43 runs from 6b
Josh Little8 (14)
Barry McCarthy29 (23)
Kagiso Rabada 4-0-28-1
Lizaad Williams 4-0-31-0
Rabada to Little, no run

back of a length on middle, and he backs away and then looks to guide a cute shot to third man. No connection, through to the keeper

As a 'mini game', South Africa would be disappointed that this last wicket stand is still on

Rabada to McCarthy, 1 run

very full on middle. Toe-ends a shot square, and they're off for another one

Rabada to Little, 1 run

attempts the yorker, nearly successful. Digs it out towards cover successfully

Rabada to McCarthy, 1 run

back of a length, slower ball, pulled to the gap at deep square leg

Rabada to McCarthy, FOUR runs

full on middle, and thumped back past Rabada. Who can't stop it with his right arm. And neither can Shamsi, who runs across from long on and puts in the dive

Rabada to McCarthy, no run

full on middle and leg. Backs away, but toe-ends a drive to the off side