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.
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.