result
2nd T20I, Belfast, Jul 22 2021, South Africa tour of Ireland
(19.3/20 ov, target 160)117
South Africa won by 42 runs
player of the match
David Miller
South Africa

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Temba Bavuma: "Looking at the way we started, lot of people would've written us off. But fighting effort from the rest of the batters. Miller, of course, but we knew if our bowlers hit their straps we could defend any total. Miller has been short of runs, he will admit it, but we always knew something like this was around the corner. The replacements have been chomping for an opportunity. Beuran has been with us on a few tours. Good to see Bjorn show what he can do with the ball and Wiaan is a young guy with massive potential that we wish he can fulfil."

David Miller, the player of the match: "Nice to contribute, very chuffed. Wickets lost up fronts never help. Wiaan batted beautifully, showed what he's learnt over the couple of years. Good rebuild, and then explosion at the end. Spinners have been phenomenal. Blessed with Shamsi, Bjorn and George. It's a good problem to have since you can't necessarily play all of them. T20 World Cup is obviously the goal and we are building nicely but we are going game by game."

Andy Balbirnie: "Disappointed with the bat again. We didn't apply ourselves. Bowlers did well. Spinners bowled well, really good operators. Stirlo's two wickets were a bonus. But it was just a batting thing, we want to bounce back. Gives us an opportunity to play against a really good team. We are building towards the T20 World Cup, of course, but want to play good too."

Another batting collapse from Ireland in their chase, and that means the third game in this series is a dead rubber. Both sides were at less than 60 for 5 in their first ten overs, but Miller's 44-ball 75 and Mulder's 26-ball 36 took SA to a total that was eventually defended comfortably. Ireland will be disappointed that they let South Africa crawl back into the contest after the visitors lost four of their top five for single-digit scores. A solid day for Shamsi and Fortuin - the two spinners - as well, each taking three wickets. Ireland wll also be disappointed with Kevin O'Brien's form - who now has three consecutive ducks in internationals.

19.3
W
Ngidi to Little, OUT

slower ball yorker, on leg. Tries to swipe it leg side, but misses, and off stump has been dismantled! South Africa win by 42 runs and they are now 2-0 up in the series

Josh Little b Ngidi 9 (14m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81
19.2
1
Ngidi to Adair, 1 run

good length, outside off. Cuts in front of square to deep extra cover

Like the Rabada batting cameo in the first T20I, how important was that 24-run over that Miller hit in this game? Of course his whole innings was brilliant, but those 24 runs made this target just that much more tough

19.1
1
Ngidi to Little, 1 run

good length, outside off. Mistimes a smacked shot to long on for one

end of over 197 runs
IRE: 115/9CRR: 6.05 RRR: 45.00 • Need 45 runs from 6b
Josh Little8 (9)
Mark Adair14 (15)
Beuran Hendricks 4-0-28-2
Lungi Ngidi 3-0-12-0
18.6
1
Hendricks to Little, 1 run

back of a length on middle and leg. Flat-batted towards the leg side. In the air but falls just short of the fielder at long on

18.5
Hendricks to Little, no run

good length on leg. Backs away and tries to cut it past backward point, but misses the connection

18.4
1
Hendricks to Adair, 1 run

back of a length on middle, and flat-batted over the bowler's head to long on

18.3
1
Hendricks to Little, 1 run

fullish, on middle. Attempts to slog it leg side, and mistimed to long on

18.2
4
Hendricks to Little, FOUR runs

good length, on middle and off. Backs away and ramps it over the vacant slip cordon!

18.1
Hendricks to Little, no run

good length, outside leg stump. Looks to hammer it over the leg side, but the ball goes under the bat to the keeper

end of over 182 runs
IRE: 108/9CRR: 6.00 RRR: 26.00 • Need 52 runs from 12b
Mark Adair13 (14)
Josh Little2 (4)
Lungi Ngidi 3-0-12-0
Beuran Hendricks 3-0-21-2
17.6
Ngidi to Adair, no run

good length, outside off stump. Tries to cut and misses once again

17.5
Ngidi to Adair, no run

good length, outside off. Tries to pull, and it goes past the bat to the keeper

17.4
1
Ngidi to Little, 1 run

full outside off, and swipes a shot to long on for one

17.3
Ngidi to Little, no run

good length, outside off stump. Tries to slap it over point but misses

17.2
Ngidi to Little, no run

fullish, on middle and leg. Flick attempted, but hits his pad

17.1
1
Ngidi to Adair, 1 run

good length, outside off, and cut to deep point

Ireland need 54 off 18.

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
IRE: 106/9CRR: 6.23 RRR: 18.00 • Need 54 runs from 18b
Mark Adair12 (11)
Josh Little1 (1)
Beuran Hendricks 3-0-21-2
Tabraiz Shamsi 4-0-14-3
16.6
1
Hendricks to Adair, 1 run

good length, on off. Checks a pull to deep midwicket for a single

16.5
4
Hendricks to Adair, FOUR runs

yorker length, but wider outside off. Adair brings the bat down, opens the face of the bat to squeeze it out to deep point for four

16.4
1
Hendricks to Little, 1 run

full on middle, and leg. Driven to deep midwicket

16.3
1
Hendricks to Adair, 1 run

good length, on middle, and pulled along the ground to deep midwicket

16.2
W
Hendricks to Young, OUT

smart catch! Back of a length on off, and tries to pull it over square leg. But it's in the air instead, and Mulder has to keep his eye on the ball in the deep, watching out for the late swerve as the ball comes down, but holds on to it in the end

Craig Young c Mulder b Hendricks 0 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
16.1
3
Hendricks to Adair, 3 runs

full outside off. Clears the front leg and hits it over the bowler. Doesn't get 100% timing, and long on runs to his left and cuts it off. Flat throw, bowler tries to execute a run out as they try to complete the second, but he misses the stumps, and the overthrow run allows them to take three