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Ireland vs South Africa 3rd ODI Predictions & Tips - Balbirnie can put Protea bowlers to the sword

  • Ireland vs South Africa predictions for Friday’s 3rd ODI cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Dublin at 10:45 BST
  • Andy Balbirnie scored 102 runs in his last ODI
  • I am backing Andy Balbirnie to score big in Dublin
  • Tips, stats, team news & preview
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Andy Balbirnie has scored 60 and 102 runs in his last two ODIs (Getty images)
Ralph Staniforth 15 Jul 2021
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Ireland vs South Africa Predictions


Ireland were magnificent in the 2nd ODI after Andy Balbirnie set the pace with bat in hand. With scores of 60 and 102 in his last two ODI innings, we are backing him to score over 25.5 runs as our best bet.

  • Ireland’s Andy Balbirnie has scored 65 & 102 runs in his last 2 ODI matches. 
  • Ireland won the last ODI match against South Africa.
  • South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen has scored 123, 60 & 49 runs in his last 3 ODI matches.
  • South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen has an average of over 80 in ODI cricket.

Head to Head


South Africa lead Ireland 4-1 in their five previous ODI encounters. In the 2nd ODI of the current series Ireland won by 43 runs to record their first ever victory over South Africa.

Ireland Form


Ireland turned around their poor ODI form with a brilliant victory over South Africa in the 2nd ODI in Dublin. They lead the series 1-0 after the 1st ODI was rained out.

In the 2nd ODI, Ireland batted first and amassed a total of 290 runs. Andy Balbirnie continued his fine form by scoring 102 runs. He was well supported by Harry Tector who hit 79 and George Dockrell who smashed 45 off 23 balls.

The bowling effort by Ireland was as impressive. Mark Adair, Andy McBrine and Josh Little took two wickets apiece. Ireland bowled South Africa out for 247 to win by 43 runs.

Ireland Injuries & Team News


After a superb performance Ireland are likely to stick with the same side that won the 2nd ODI.

South Africa Form


South Africa suffered an embarrassing defeat in the 2nd ODI to Ireland in Dublin. After electing to bowl first, the Protea bowlers did not back the decision up.

Andile Phehlukwayo went at over seven runs to the over despite taking two wickets. Ireland scored 290 runs in their 50 overs leaving the visitors a stiff target to chase.

Janneman Malan scored 84 runs while Rassie van der Dussen added 49. Unfortunately no one else managed to get going as South Africa were bowled out for 247 runs.

South Africa Injuries & Team News


South Africa are expected to rest a few players with the T20I series taking priority. George Linda and Lizaad Williams are possible starters with Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi getting a rest.

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Verdict

Andy Balbirnie is backed to continue his incredible form by scoring more than 25.5 runs, being Ireland's top scorer and winning the man of the match award.

For South Africa, Rassie van der Dussen is the most consistent. He can be tipped to be the visitors top scorer.

Best Bet: Balbirnie Over 25.5 Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Ireland Batsman Tip: Andy Balbirnie Best Ireland Batsman @275.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best South Africa Batsman Tip: Rassie van der Dussen Best South Africa Batsman @450.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Andy Balbirnie Man of the Match @1200.0 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit

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