Half-centuries from Reeza Hendricks and Aiden Markram helped South Africa beat Eire by 21 runs within the first of two Twenty20 internationals on Wednesday. Hendricks, who performed in his nation’s latest collection win over England, hit 74 off 53 balls through the day-night match in Bristol because the Proteas reached 211 for 5.
The opener shared a 3rd wicket partnership of 112 with Markram, who hit 56 off simply 27 deliveries. Spin bowler Gareth Delany claimed the wickets of Hendricks and Markram off consecutive balls within the 16th over.
In Eire’s chase, No.three Lorcan Tucker hit seven fours and 5 sixes in a formidable knock of 78 off 38 deliveries and George Dockrell added 43. The pair fell within the area of three balls, nonetheless, to Tabraiz Shamsi and, respectively, Dwaine Pretorius. .
Eire completed on 190 for 9. The second T20 is on Friday.