Tabraiz Shamsi (Getty Images)
Disciplined bowling display in which Tabraiz Shamsi the star set the win for 33 runs Proteus the end Ireland at the first international T20 in Dublin on Monday.
Ireland won and asked South Africa to play in the shortest cricket format in the first match between the two countries.
Despite a quick start by Quinton de Kock and captain Temba Bavuma, South Africa soon found themselves in trouble at 44-3 after falling through a cluster of gates during a powerplay.
The visitors finally posted 165/7 after their 20 overs with top scorer Aiden Markram (39).
He was supported by Rassie van der Dussen (25) and David Miller (28), but it was Kagiso Rabada’s flashing blade (19 * with 9 balls) that added some prestige to the South African results.
Ireland have been struggling since the start of the substitution, regularly losing the gate as they fought 34-4 after five passes.
The introduction of Shamsi made their task even more difficult and the T20 bowler, who placed first, spun his magic and took 4/27 in his four hours.
While the Proteas cruised for the win, he was backed by Lungi Ngidi and George Linde, despite an annoying recent partnership between Barry McCarthy (30 *) and Josh Little (15 *).
The teams meet again in the second match in a series of three matches on July 22nd.
South Africa: 165/7
Markram 39, Miller 28, Van Der Dussen 25
Adair 3/29, Singh 2/19
Tector 36, McCarthy 30 * Balbirnie 22
Shamsi 4/27, 2/26, Linde, Nigidium 2/18