South Africa fast bowler Wayne Parnell claimed career-best figures of 5-30 as they cruised to a 44-run win over Ireland to complete a clean sweep of their two-match Twenty20 international series in Bristol on Friday.
South Africa were sent in to bat before restricting Ireland to 138 all out in 18.5 overs and recovered from a slow start to 182 for six in their innings. Left-handed Parnell put Ireland on the backfoot in the second over of their chase. Ireland’s hopes of victory ended as he took two wickets before returning top-scorer Harry Tector (34 off 31 balls).
South Africa found it difficult to score in the early part of their innings but thrived in building a challenging score. They scored 128 in the final 10 overs as Henrik Klaassen hit 39 off 16 balls and David Miller hit an unbeaten 32 off 20 balls. the balls
These two scores saw innings top-scorer Reeza Hendricks make 42 off 40 balls to be denied a fifth consecutive half-century in 20-over internationals. South Africa have now won 16 of their last 20 matches in the shortest format. – Some good form for the T20 World Cup in Australia starting in October.
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