Yesterday, spinner Tabrez Shamsi shone like a star as he took four wickets against Ireland and helped South Africa win comfortably by 33 runs in the first game of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series in Dublin on Monday. For South Africa, Aiden Markram was the high scorer with 39 and later David Miller contributed with 28 as South Africa reached 165-7 in their 20 overs. Seven of the top eight batsmen went into double digits after the tourists were asked to bat, though none went on to score big. Ireland slipped to 46-5 in reply, with Harry Tector (36) offering resistance, but wickets fell regularly and the hosts could manage only 132-9.
A top-order bowler in T20 cricket, Shamshi dismissed the Irish team and scored 4-27 runs in his four overs. For the T20 matches, the teams will meet in Belfast on Thursday and again on Saturday. The recent One Day International series between the sides ended 1-1.
South Africa 165-7, 20 overs (A Markram 39, De Miller 28, R van der Dussen 25; M Adair 3-39)
Ireland 132-9, 20 overs (H Tector 36, A Balberny 22; T Shamsi 4-27)