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South Africa earn series win over Irish

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South Africa’s Aiden Markram is bowled by a jubilant Mark Adair at Stormont
South Africa 159-7 (20 overs): Miller 75*, Mulder 36: Stirling 2-12
Ireland: 117 (19.3 overs): Getkate 24; Shamsi 3-14, Fortuin 3-16
South Africa won by 42 runs
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South Africa moved 2-0 up in the three-match Twenty20 series against Ireland thanks to a 42-run win at Stormont.

Paul Stirling struck twice in the opening four balls as the tourists struggled to 38-4 before David Miller’s unbeaten 75 stopped the slide.

Miller and Wiann Mulder (35) helped the Proteas to a total of 159-7.

Ireland were 43-2 before slumping to 117 all out with Shane Getkate making 24 while Tabraiz Shamsi and Bjorn Fortuin each took three wickets.

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South Africa won Monday’s opener by 33 runs but they were soon in trouble in the Belfast sunshine after electing to bat first.

Stirling’s spin reduced the Proteas to 2-2 and at 58-5 Ireland were still on top before Miller, who hit five maximums, and Mulder put on 68 runs for the sixth wicket.

South Africa managed a solid total with Stirling (2-12) and Mark Adair (2-33) the best of the Irish attack.

Ireland opener Kevin O’Brien departed with just a single run on the board but it was the dismissal of Stirling, whose 19 took him into the top 10 run-scorers in T20s, that sparked the Irish collapse.

George Dockrell (20) and Getkate provided middle-order runs but the hosts lost seven wickets for 54 runs to leave them 99-9.

Adair (15 no) put up final-wicket resistance but Ireland, as with the first T20, fell well short of the target.

Shamsi followed up his four-wicket haul on Monday with 3-14 while Fortuin claimed 3-16.

The teams will meet for the final game of the series at the same venue on Saturday.

“The bowlers bowled really well and put us in a position that we could have chased,” said Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie.

“It’s just disappointing that we couldn’t put a partnership together – a big partnership that could have gone a long way to chasing the score.”

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