Reeza Hendricks leads SA to victory over IRE in first T20I

Reeza Hendrick's half-century helps South Africa beat Ireland by 21 runs in Wednesday's opener of the two-game series in Bristol

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Hasi Kamanger

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Africa opener Reeza Hendricks scored for the fourth consecutive Twenty20 International half century on Wednesday, helping his side to a 21-runs win over Ireland.

Reeza Hendricks hit his fourth straight Twenty 20 fifty as South Africa beat Ireland by 21 runs in the series opener in Bristol on Wednesday.
Hendricks, who struck three and a half centuries in the Proteas' recent 2-1 win over England, had the highest score with 74 from 211-5 overall and shared a third-wicket partnership of 112 with Aiden Markram (56).
"I think I've worked really hard," said Hendricks, now one of only five batsmen to have scored four consecutive half centuries at this level, during the awards ceremony. “Momentum is important. I enjoy the English conditions ."
Ireland were chasing an excellent 78 from 38 through the 17th over of their innings from Lorcan Tucker, who laid down 86 for the sixth wicket with George Dockrell (43 from 28).
But as those two fell in back-to-back deliveries, their efforts fizzled as they finished with 190 for nine, with spinners Keshav Maharaj (2-29) and Tabraiz Shamsi (2-37) the South African bowlers' choice.
Death bowling specialist Wayne Parnell proved his worth for everything he scored on the last ball before tail ender Barry McCarthy's innings for six as Ireland went 190-9.
Left arm paceman Parnell scored figures of 2-36, reserve Proteas captain Keshav Maharaj clinched 2-29 with his left arm spin and leg spinner Tabraiz Shamsi 2-37.
It was another case of close but not close enough for Ireland as they suffered their seventh consecutive T20 defeat after being competitive against India, New Zealand and now South Africa this season.