Debut for Lizaad Williams as South Africa opt to bat in bid to square series


No changes for Ireland, visitors bring in Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen as well

Toss South Africa won the toss and chose to bat vs Ireland

South Africa elected to bat in the third and final ODI against Ireland on a sunny day in Malahide, where the weather forced Cricket Ireland to caution fans to be “UV aware” and bring plenty of sunscreen.

Having lost two nights ago to fall 1-0 behind after the first game was washed out, South Africa need a win to square the three-match ODI series.
While Ireland remained unchanged from the XI that won the second ODI by 43 runs, South Africa rang in three changes. Quinton de Kock slotted back in at the top of the order, Heinrich Klaasen was brought in to shore up the middle order, and there was an ODI debut for fast bowler Lizaad Williams, who has so far featured in four T20Is.

Aiden Markram, David Miller and Kagiso Rabada were rested.

With three wins in 11 matches, Ireland are currently fifth in the World Cup Super League points table. A win today will help them leapfrog Pakistan. South Africa, meanwhile, are placed 11th with a solitary win in five matches.

South Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock, 2 Janneman Malan, 3 Temba Bavuma (capt), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 Kyle Verreynne (wk), 6 Heinrich Klaasen, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Keshav Maharaj, 9 Anrich Nortje, 10 Lizaad Williams, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Ireland: 1 Paul Stirling, 2 Andy Balbirnie (capt), 3 Andy McBrine, 4 Harry Tector, 5 George Dockrell, 6 Mark Adair, 7 Curtis Campher, 8 Lorcan Tucker (wk), 9 Simi Singh, 10 Josh Little, 11 Craig Young

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo