IRE Playing 11: Ireland will be hosting South Africa in the first ODI of the series here at Dublin. The series is an important one for Ireland as they get to play some matches against a top ranked international side. They last played an ODI series against Netherlands in which they suffered a shocking defeat to the hosts. On their day, the Irish can spring a surprise on any side in the world. Both teams have played 5 ODIs before in which SA leads 5-0. With World Cup Super League points up for grabs, these will be Ireland’s first such fixtures on home soil.
Andrew Balbirnie (C)
Lorcan Tucker (wk)
Ireland have an experienced top 3 and they will rely upon them to get most of the runs. Stirling has been in good form recently and he will be a crucial player at the top. Dockrell’s improved batting has given the batting order solidity and options. In seamer-friendly conditions, much will depend upon how McCarthy and Young start with the new ball. The focus will also be on left-armer Josh Little who bowled with good pace and picked up crucial wickets against Netherlands.
Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Craig Young.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the Ireland vs South Africa 1st ODI match on Fancode. The match will be played on 11 July and will start at 3:15 PM (IST).