File: Tabraiz Shamsi of South Africa celebrates a wicket. AFP/Randy Brooks
DUBLIN - Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi took four wickets as South Africa comfortably beat Ireland by 33 runs in the first game of a three-match Twenty20 series in Dublin on Monday.
Aiden Markram top-scored for the visitors with 39 and David Miller chipped in with 28 as South Africa reached 165-7 in their 20 overs.
Seven of the top eight batsmen reached double figures after the tourists were asked to bat although nobody went on to make a big score.
Ireland slumped to 46-5 in reply, with Harry Tector (36) offering resistance but wickets tumbled regularly and the hosts could only muster 132-9.
Shamsi, the top-ranked bowler in T20 cricket, ended up with figures of 4-27 off his four overs.
The teams meet in Belfast on Thursday and again on Saturday.
The recent one-day international series between the sides finished 1-1.