A poor start to the South African innings spawned a furious response from the middle order as they posted a game-winning 182/6 after being sent to bat and Wayne Parnell then had one of his best days beating Ireland by 44 points. in the second T20 on Friday night.
Parnell, getting good full-length swing and bowling variations, took a brilliant and career-best 5/30 to lead an impressive Proteas bowling display that beat Ireland for 138.
On a pitch where bowlers celebrated more attendance than usual in a T20, South Africa struggled to 58/2 after 11 overs. Quinton de Kock (7 from 10 balls) and Rassie van der Dussen (4 from 14) struggled again, but flyhalf Reeza Hendricks continued his hot form with a determined 42 from 40 balls.
Aiden Markram arrived and provided a much-needed boost by slamming 25 points off spinner Andy McBrine in the 12e finished, but he, for 27 out of 10, and Hendricks were sent to the next course, knocked down by leg spinner Gareth Delany (4-0-24-2).
South Africa were 93/4 from 14 overs, but through Heinrich Klaasen (39 from 16) and David Miller (32 from 20) they received a crucial late game boost. Dwaine Pretorius also contributed with 17 balls from seven.
Left-arm pacemaker Josh Little was the best of the Irish bowlers with 1/20 from four overs.
2 in 2 to rock Ireland
South Africa’s left arm Parnell then hit two balls in succession in his opening innings to rock Ireland’s pursuit from the start. Paul Stirling (28) and Harry Tector (34) took Ireland to 40/2 in the sixe finished, but Lungi Ngidi (3-0-14-1) took out Stirling and Parnell came back to knock out Tector.
Pretorius (3.5-0-33-3) then also took two wickets from two runs to almost seal the victory.
Penultimate man Barry McCarthy hit 32 from 19 on the death to bring Ireland over 100 and restore some dignity.