211/5 (20)
190/9 (20)
SA won by 21 runs.
Player of the match: Reeza Hendricks
That brings us to the end of our cricket coverage for the day. Join us tomorrow for plenty more; four ECS matches to come starting from 12 noon, and later in the evening, the Netherlands take on New Zealand in the first of two T20Is at the Hague. This is I, Rajarshi, signing off on behalf of myself and my friend and co-commentator for the match, Pradeep. Good night!
Keshav Maharaj, South Africa captain: (On David Miller's injury) Woke up with a niggle this morning, fingers crossed he'll be ready for the next game. The boys did really well today. The guys got their opportunities and did really well, there's a healthy competition for the spots in the team, which makes the coach's life tougher, but it's a good headache to have! Tucker and Dockrell batted really well, but our bowlers stuck to the plans. Day of rest tomorrow (laughs).
Andrew Balbirnie, Ireland captain: The pitch was good, we were in the game for a lot of it, but the 2 wickets in 2 balls made the difference. The ground here is smaller than a lot of the other grounds, but you've got to deal with all of these in international cricket. We have been playing good cricket, it shows in our performance, but we've got to produce results. (On whether Ireland can level the series on Friday) Yeah, think so, we played good cricket and we can get close.
Reeza Hendricks has been adjudged the Player of the match for his blistering innings that set up the game for South Africa!

Reeza Hendricks:
That's a tricky question, I've been working really hard, past couple of weeks, months and so forth. As cricket goes, bit of momentum with me and hoping to ride the way as much as possible. Unfortunately, we lost wickets early, needed the partnership at that time, Markram played a fantastic innings and get us into good position. There's a lot of depth in the squad, guys obviously looking to go out there to put in good performances, there's also quality in the side.
Match summary:
South Africa won the toss and opted to bat

South Africa 1st innings 211/5 (20 Overs)
Reeza Hendricks 74(53), Gareth Delany 2/31 (3 overs)

Ireland 2nd innings 190/9 (20 Overs)
Lorcan Tucker 78(38), Keshav Maharaj 2/29 (4 overs)

South Africa win by 21 runs.

The start to the run-chase was good for Ireland, with Andrew Balbirnie getting off to a decent start. Paul Stirling got in on the action as well soon, with a flat six off Ngidi followed up by a boundary, but not before losing his skipper, who had to depart in the previous over, playing one shot too many. Stirling was just beginning to warm up to the chase when he was trapped in front by an in-ducker from Parnell over the wicket and had to depart as well.

A counter-attack of absolute blitzkrieg nature followed from Lorcan Tucker, who came up the order at 3. He took on the two quick bowlers on either side of the end of the powerplay, and was looking in ominous form. Unfortunately for him, unlike what Hendricks received in the first innings, he wasn't getting enough support from the other end as wickets kept tumbling, and the South African spinners were starting to take the game away as Tucker kept fighting what was starting to turn out to be a lone battle.

That was until the arrival of George Dockrell, who absolutely ripped into Shamsi in the 11th over, taking 15 off it and giving Ireland some much-needed momentum. Maharaj delivered a miserly following over before pace was re-introduced, and the Irish duo of Tucker and Dockrell made merry until the 15th over!

Pretorius then hit the wide yorker area on most of the 16th over and sucked some of the momenta out. Tucker smashed 10 off two Shamsi deliveries, bringing the equation down to 42 off 19 before perishing trying to go for the extravagant sweep. Dockrell followed next ball itself, and there wasn't much left in the game after that. Adair and McBrine tried to slog Ireland closer, but they were never going to be able to do so against the much-seasoned South African bowlers. South Africa take the first T20I by 21 runs, both teams meet each other again on Friday!
Ireland fight and fight against all odds, but they fall short yet again. They have to convert one of these good games into a win soon. South Africa take the first of the two T20Is by 21 runs!
190 /9 score
cricket bat icon Barry McCarthy *
8 (8)
cricket ball icon Wayne Parnell
2 /36
19.6 Wayne Parnell to Barry McCarthy, SIX! South Africa win by a good margin in the end. McCarthy finally makes one connection with the bat as he SMOKES the length delivery, straight down the ground for a maximum.
19.5 Wayne Parnell to Barry McCarthy, yorker length again on the seventh stump line, McCarthy skips down the track to hoick and misses again.
19.4 Wayne Parnell to Barry McCarthy, yorker again on the sixth stump line, McCarthy on the backfoot throws kitchen sink again and misses again.
19.3 Wayne Parnell to Barry McCarthy, this is just brilliant from Parnell, yorker on the seventh stump line, McCarthy is not able to do anything about it, misses again.
19.2 Wayne Parnell to Barry McCarthy, another yorker on the fifth stump line, McCarthy was late once again to bring his bat down and misses.
19.1 Wayne Parnell to Barry McCarthy, yorker length on the outside off, McCarthy throws his bat and misses.
Joshua Little, right-handed bat, comes to the crease
28 needed off the final over, then. Ireland's final pair are there in the middle now.
184 /8 score
cricket bat icon Andy McBrine
11 (5)
cricket bat icon Barry McCarthy *
2 (2)
cricket ball icon Lungi Ngidi
1 /39
18.6 Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, RUN-OUT! Short on the outside off, McCarthy on the backfoot pulls that one away, bounces well in front of the fielder and there's a big mix-up, McBrine wanted the second as he comes half-way down the track, throw comes into QDK who does the rest and McBrine has to go!

Andy McBrine run out (Heinrich Klaasen/Quinton de Kock) 10 (4b 1x6)
18.5 Lungi Ngidi to Andy McBrine, back of a length on the outside off, McBrine on the backfoot absolutely hammers it to deep mid-wicket fielder for only a single.
18.4 Lungi Ngidi to Andy McBrine, SIX! BAM! Picks the slower one to perfection, comes around the wicket, angles the length delivery into McBrine as he swings across the line and POWERS it over deep square-leg fence for a maximum.
18.3 Lungi Ngidi to Barry McCarthy, another slower one, McCarthy too early into the shot but ends up going through with it, pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.