South Africa beats Ireland, ensures 3-0 clean sweep

An all-round performance from South Africa ensured a 49-run win over Ireland in the third T20 International.

Temba Bavuma top scored with 72. - AKHILESH KUMAR (FILE)

South Africa swept the Twenty20 series against Ireland after winning the third match by 49 runs.

The One-Day International honours were shared, but South Africa dominated the shorter format with previous wins by 33 and 42 runs.

Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary

For the finale, South Africa produced its best T20 total of the tour - 189 for 2 - after an opening stand of 127 between captain Temba Bavuma (72) and Reeza Hendricks (69). They played the first 10 overs cautiously then opened up.

Ireland was well short in reply at 140 for 9. George Linde, Lizaad Williams and Wiaan Mulder took two wickets each. Captain Andy Balbirnie top scored with 27.


Bavuma won the toss, batted first, and hit his maiden T20 fifty, 72 from 51 balls, including six boundaries and two sixes.

Hendricks played his first match of the Ireland tour and his 69 came from 48 balls. Seven went for four, plus there was one six over long-on.

David Miller finished off the innings scoring 36 from 17 and was named player of the series.

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