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Ireland vs South Africa 3rd T20I Betting Tips 24/07/2021

Teams Status

South Africa

After an early upset in the tour, South Africa have managed to avoid any surprises, first leveling up the ODI series before winning two straight T20Is to seal the series a match in advance.

It gives them the choice to either continue with the winning combination and secure a whitewash or experiment and find options for future.

The impressive part of their victory in 2nd T20I was that it came despite the Proteas being down 58-5 at the halfway mark. An incredible and unbeaten 75-run knock off just 44 balls by David Miller was what made it possible. He was well-supported by Wian Mulder, who contributed 36 to help their side to 159-7.

The positive takes attention away from the negative, which was that the African top-order collapsed completely. Of the first five batters, only Quinton de Kock (27) managed to get into double figures, which shows that their batting unit still has consistency issues.

Ireland

On the flip side, it must have been hard for the Irish to see them concede 159 after having South Africa reeling at the 10-over mark. But then when it’s Miller Time, there is little you can do.

What should concern the European side more is that their batters haven’t shown up in the T20I series. In fact, they suffered a top-order meltdown not quite different to South Africa’s, with the only difference being that the hosts did not recover, eventually folding at a mere 117.

The biggest disappointment so far in the series has been the no-show of their captain Andy Balbirnie, who was brilliant in the ODIs but has vanished in the 20-over format.

What do the Sportsbook Say

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South Africa are massive favourites for this game. 22Bet and Bet365 both have South Africa priced at 1.2 and Ireland at 4.5. MelBet has South Africa available for 1.205 and Ireland at 4.52.


Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Top batsman South Africa – Quinton de Kock @ 2.75

Stylish opener Quinton de Kock had starts in both the matches of the series so far but failed to go beyond the 20s. Granted that he is not the most accomplished of T20I batsmen but he is due a sizable innings. With the pressure off and the series already in the bag, it could be the perfect moment for De Kock to do something of note. This bet can be found on 22Bet.

Tip: Andy Balbirnie total runs over 21.5 @ 1.832

As mentioned above, the Irish captain has not had the smoothest of transitions from 50 overs to 20. That said, he is a much better batsman than this as evident by his outstanding run scoring in the ODIs. This is a gut feel play. We think that Balbirnie will take responsibility in the final match of the tour and score a decent amount, if not go berserk. The play can be found on MelBet.

Conclusion

Despite this Ireland being a decent side from their standards, and this South Africa being a weaker side than their standards, the disparity in talent remains. South Africa should win – unless of course, an upset takes place.

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