The first T20I between Ireland (IRE) and South Africa (SA) will be played at Gloucestershire Cricket Stadium in Bristol on Wednesday, August 3. The match will start at 11:00 PM IST.

IRE vs SA Dream11 prediction

The fact that South Africa are heading into the series on the back of a 2-1 T20I series win over England makes them the outright favourites to beat Ireland on Wednesday. While Ireland have been extremely active on the international circuit recently, their performances haven’t been done justice, having lost nine of their last 10 limited-overs fixtures.

One can expect South Africa to win the first T20I with relative ease.

IRE vs SA Dream11 team tips for 1st T20I

Top tip: Best batter

South Africa’s Reeza Hendricks has enjoyed a great run of form of late. The 32-year-old has scored three half-centuries in his last three T20I matches which makes him our top batting pick for this contest. Opening the batting for his team, Hendricks is expected to cause a lot of damage on Wednesday.

Top tip: Best bowler

Like his teammate Hendricks, South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi is coming into the series on the back of a blistering performance in the shortest format. The 32-year-old has picked an impressive eight wickets in his last two T20Is, hence it comes as no surprise that 79.63 per cent of fantasy users have decided to add him to their teams.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

Between South Africa’s Dwaine Pretorious and Ireland’s Curtis Campher, our recommendation would be the latter as despite his team’s recent struggle, the Irish all-rounder has managed to cause some serious damage while proving to be quite a pick for fantasy managers. At just 8.5 credits, he remains an absolute steal.

For a wicket-keeper, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock remains the outright choice. The opening batter hasn’t been in good touch of late, but his wicket-keeper skills have delivered the most points for the fantasy users as he has recorded eight catches in his last three T20Is.

Ireland vs South Africa full squads

Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wicket-keeper), Craig Young

South Africa: David Miller (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Lizaad Williams, Khaya Zondo, Kyle Verreynne, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj

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