Recently, Ireland lost the three-match ODI series to the Netherlands played in June. In the CWC however, they lost seven out of the nine games that they have played.
In the batting department, the side would be relying heavily on the experienced duo of Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie to produce big scores in this fixture.
Besides Stirling and Balbirnie, the all-rounder duo of Curtis Campher, Simi Singh, and Harry Tector will need to produce crucial scores for the side to post modest scores on the board.
In the bowling department, the likes of Joshua Little, Craig Young, and George Dockrell will need to pick up wickets in this fixture.
Earlier this year, South Africa lost the three-match ODI series to Pakistan. The visitors will be looking to collect maximum points from this series to climb the ladder in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
On the other hand, South Africa have some exciting young prospect in the team such as Lizaad Williams, Bjorn Fortuin, Kyle Verreynne, George Linde and Janneman Malan.
Captain Temba Bavuma, wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock, the middle-order trio of Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller will have the responsibility to deliver notable scores for the side for this contest.
In the bowling department, Anrich Nortje suffered an injury during the last T20I game against West Indies. The pacer might not be risked for this series opener so Lizaad Williams might make his ODI debut for South Africa. It will be interesting to see whether South Africa fields two spinners for this game as the conditions will not offer that much help for the slower bowlers.