South Africa’s David Miller struck an unbeaten 75 to help the tourist out of early trouble before limiting his spinners to a 42-run victory in the second Twenty20 international at Belfast on Thursday.
Miller was in a fighting form and scored 44 balls to lift South Africa to 159 for 7 after winning the toss and choosing to bat. Ireland were bowled out for 117 when spinners Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin took three wickets each.
South Africa lost two wickets in the first four balls of the innings and were in trouble at 58 for 5, but Miller led a fightback and took advantage of being dropped on 19 runs to make it a to see respected score. He hit four sixes in the last over.
Ireland failed to pull in the answer and were strangled by the spinners with Shamsi emphasizing his position as the best T20 international bowler with 3 for 14 from four overs.
Fortune took 3 for 16 while Shane Getkate scored the Irish with 24 top before being left with three balls.
South Africa won the first T20 international in Dublin on Monday with 33 runs. The final game of the series is also Saturday in Belfast.