Ireland vs South Africa 2nd T20I, Belfast, Jul 22 2021
South Africa 159/7
South Africa won by 42 runs
South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first. De Kock scored 27 runs of 20 balls but the rest of the top around failed to amass anything worth mentioning. David Miller finally scored the type of innings that has been lacking in recent times. He scored 75 runs off 44 balls which included 4 sixes in the last over. Wiaan Mulder provided good support with 36 runs off 26 balls.
Even with a few new faces on this tour the Protea bowlers were devastating. The Spinners dominated with Bjorn Fortuin and Tabraiz Shamsi taking three wickets each. Beuren Hendricks also chipped in with two wicket. Inconsistency in the batting department is still a major concern for the Proteas even though it was a comfortable victory in the end.
Ireland vs South Africa 1st T20I
Ireland vs South Africa 1st T20I, Dublin (Malahide), Jul 19 2021
South Africa 165/7
South Africa won by 33 runs
Most of the Protea batsmen managed to get a start on a slow pitch that made scoring difficult. The par score at the Malahide ground in T20 internationals is 162, so 165 seemed to be just enough to compete. At least one of the South African batsmen needed to cumulate a score of more then 50 to post a good total.
The South African bowlers struck early and wickets kept falling. The world number one T20 bowler, Tabraiz Shamsi, was excellent again. He took 4 wickets for 27 runs in 4 overs. The matches move to Belfast for the next two matches. I hope the conditions a are more favourable for attractive cricket.
Ireland vs South Africa 3rd ODI
Ireland vs South Africa 3rd ODI, Dublin (Malahide), Jul 16 2021
South Africa 346/4
South Africa won by 70 runs
Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock couldn't have started the South African innings any better after a disappointing defeat three days ago. De Kock scored 120 runs off 91 balls and Malan ended his innings on 177 not out off 169 balls. Rassie van der Dussen made 30 runs to support Malan. Janneman has the talent and the temperament to play for the Proteas in all three formats of the game.
I was impressed by the way Ireland played the match, even though it was a heavy defeat. They look like a well balanced, confident team. They work hard to bring young talent into the starting eleven and I hope that we will see them compete at a higher level in the future. Even though early wickets fell, we saw an impressive batting display by the South African born Curtis Campher and Simi Singh. The latter scored 100 off 91 balls. Despite a valiant effort, they ended well short of the total.
Ireland vs South Africa 2nd ODI
Ireland vs South Africa 2nd ODI, Dublin (Malahide), Jul 13 2021
South Africa 247/10
Ireland won by 43 runs
The Irish batsmen looked comfortable from the start of the innings while the Protea bowlers struggled to find their lines. Rabada managed to beat the bat a few times but good deliveries were often followed by bad balls and this released the pressure. It was a bad day in the field for the Proteas as well. The fielding resembled a friendly match between friends after a few beers. Balbirnie top scored with a splendid 102 off 117 balls.
Janneman Malan started well and justified his inclusion. He was supported well by van der Dussen after Markram and Bavuma failed with the bat. The normal batting collapse, that we are unfortunately getting used to, meant that the Proteas were always behind the asking rate. Ireland thoroughly deserved the win and the Proteas have a lot of work to do before Friday.
West Indies vs South Africa 5th T20I
West Indies vs South Africa RESULT, 5th T20I, St George's, Jul 3 2021
West Indies 143/9
South Africa 168/4
South Africa won by won by 25 runs
Aiden Markram top scored with 70 runs off 48 balls and he was supported by de Kock who scored 60 runs off 42 balls. It looked as if the Proteas were heading towards a big score, but another batting collapse was brought about by the slower balls from he West indian bowlers.
Evin Lewis brought the fight to the South African bowlers, but there was little to speak about after that. Shamsi was brilliant again with figures of 11/1 in his four overs. The pressure mounted on the West Indies batsmen to increase the run rate, but wickets kept falling and they ended up well short. South Africa ticked a few boxes in the series, but there is a lot of work to be done. South Africa won the series 3-2.
West Indies vs South Africa 4th T20I
West Indies vs South Africa RESULT, 4th T20I, St George's, Jul 1 2021
West Indies 166/7
South Africa 146/9
West Indies won by won by 21 runs
South Africa won the toss and chose to field. Lendl Simmons started well with the bat, but he was trapped lbw by George Linde for 47. The two Protea spinners' bowling is a huge plus going into the T20 World Cup. They took two wickets each and it looked as if the West Indies were going to score a very small total. Ngidi and Rabada however went for a lot of runs as Pollard took on the two quicks. Pollard scored 51 off only 25 balls to help the West Indies post a respectable score.
The South African innings never really got going despite the best efforts of Quinton de Kock who top scored again with 60 runs. He was the only Protea batsman to post a score worth mentioning. The rest of the top and middle order collapsed again. Mark Boucher will have to make a few tough decision with players like Janneman Malan and Andile Phehlukwayo waiting for their chance to prove what they can do.
West Indies vs South Africa 3rd T20I
West Indies vs South Africa RESULT, 3rd T20I, St George's, Jun 29 2021 West Indies 166/7 South Africa 167/8
South Africa won by 1 runs
Quinton de Kock must feel as if he is fighting a bit of a lone battle in Grenada. He top scored with 72 runs. The same problems persists as the rest of the batsmen struggle to build an innings.
I am not sure if we can always depend on the bowlers to save the day. Tight bowling lines and good variety was the key to victory. South Africa always produces quality bowlers, but if they want to win major tournaments, they will need to be more consistent with the bat.
West Indies vs South Africa 2nd T20I
West Indies vs South Africa RESULT, 2nd T20I, St George's, Jun 27 2021 West Indies 150/9 South Africa 166/7
South Africa won by 16 runs
The Proteas got off to a good start again but could not put together a big partnership to score a total of over 200 runs. Hendricks made 42, de Kock 26 and Bavuma 46 runs. After these three batsmen were back in the stands, there was not much to speak about. The Protea top and middle order batsmen will have to start batting through the innings to build bigger totals.
The Protea bowlers kept taking regular wickets which meant that the West Indies were always chasing the game. A late 34 off 12 balls by the impressive Fabian Allen nearly turned the game, but it was an easy victory for the most part.
West Indies vs South Africa 1st T20I
West Indies vs South Africa RESULT, 1st T20I, St George's, Jun 26 2021 West Indies 161/2 South Africa 160/6
West Indies won by 8 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)
De Kock and Hendricks had a decent start, but it seemed as if the Proteas just could not put enough big overs together. Rassie van der Dussen top scored with 56 not out but he did not get much help from the other senior players. 160 was never going to be a competitive score.
The West Indies only lost two wickets as Evin Lewis lead an aggressive charge towards a massive victory with 5 overs to spare. Hopefully we will se a closer match today.
West Indies vs South Africa 2nd test, Day 4
West Indies vs South Africa
RESULT, 2nd Test, Gros Islet, Jun 18 - 22 2021, West Indies 149 & 165 South Africa 298 & 174
South Africa won by 158 runs
Rabada and Maharaj were the chief destroyers on day four. Keshav Maharaj picked up five wickets including a magical moment when he managed to bag a hat trick. This was only the second hat trick for South Africa. The previous one was by Geoff Griffin in 1960. It was wonderful to see Maharaj's spontaneous celebration.
The Proteas clinched the test series 2-0. This will create a positive vibe in the dressing room and give the team some confidence that they desperately crave.