David Miller’s sensational batting performance jelly South Africa to a comprehensive victory Ireland Thursday in the second T20I at the Public Service Cricket Club in Belfast. With the victory, the Proteas took an unbeaten 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The visitors chose to bat first as they lost five wickets for just 58 runs within the first ten overs. However, Miller came to the rescue and played an incredible beat to get South Africa out of the hot water.
The left-handed team formed a much-needed 58-run partnership with each other Wiaan Mulder for the sixth wicket. While Mulder was sent back by Craig Young for a well-made 36, Miller remained alive at his end and continued to hit his boundaries.
The 32-year-old man displayed his vintage avatar and took Irish bowlers to the cleaners. He scored unbeaten 75 runs from 44 deliveries using 4 four and five humble sixes to help his team place a competitive total.
In response, the host tied for just 117 runs and lost the match by 42 runs. Bjorn Fortune and Tabraiz Shamsi ran through Ireland’s batting unit and never allowed them to settle. While Shamsi took three wickets for 17 runs in his 4-over quota, Fortuin also took a three-wicket haul for 16 runs from 4 overs.
Shane Getkate and George Dockrell were the only batsmen to cross the 20-point mark. While Getkate made 24 of 18 balls, Dockrell scored 20 from as many deliveries.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
⛔️ RESULT | #PROTEAS WIN BY 42 RUNS
In Spin twins Tabraiz Shamsi (3/14) and Bjorn Fortuin (3/16) the @cricketireland batsmen as the #Proteas claims that the second T20I gained an undisputed 2-0 lead in the three-match series#IREvSA #ThatsOurGame pic.twitter.com/BdFJltjUVz
– Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 22 July 2021
South Africa wins by 42 runs and takes an undisputed 2-0 lead in the #DafaNuus T20 series.
Congratulations to them.
– Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) 22 July 2021
South Africa wins the 2nd T20I and takes an undeniable lead of 2-0 🎉
– ICC (@ICC) 22 July 2021
David Miller scored only 24+ runs in a T20I innings final: –
vs BAN at Potchefstroom, 2017
vs PAK in Johannesburg, 2019
vs IRE in Belfast, today#IREvSA
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 22 July 2021
David Miller in the 20th inning in T20Is this year:
Miller passed 15 sixes in the 20th innings in all T20Is, the most by any player. #IREvSA
– Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) 22 July 2021
– Dipen Sharma (@ dipensharma1105) 22 July 2021
Fifty for David Miller! from 37 balls !! Wonderful turn under pressure !! #IREvSA
– ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) 22 July 2021
What a beat from David Miller, South Africa, was 58 for 5 out of 10 overs, then he hit 75 * from just 44 balls, including 4 fours and 5 sixes, South Africa helped 159 for 7 out of 20 overs to place. The Miller is back. #IREvSA
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 22 July 2021
David Miller, the day you neglect him completely, he will rise from the ashes 🔥🔥 #IREvSA
– Shubh Aggarwal (shubh_chintak) 22 July 2021
David Miller must show up today and carry the turn on his shoulders #IREvSA
– Kgalabi JK Phale (@JKPhale) 22 July 2021
Improving Tabraiz Shamsi as a white ball bowler thought. He has established himself as one of the best in the world! @ shamsi90
– Madhurima (@ Hobart104off143) 22 July 2021