Ireland creates history by beating South Africa for first time in an ODI
It was a big day of history for Irish cricket at the Village in Dublin. They beat South Africa convincingly in the 2nd ODI and thereby winning an ODI for the first time against the Proteas. Skipper Andy Barbirnie scored a great hundred to set up the win. As South Africa batters choked in their chase of a challenging 291 target.
Batting first, it was the Irish captain who led from the front with an excellent 102 striking the ball. Well on both off and onside. He is enjoying his success against South Africa as he scored 65 in the abandoned 1st ODI which was a no result due to weather. He had decent partnerships with Stirling (27) and McBrine (30). After Balbirnie departed, the innings was taken to another level by the belligerent strokeplay of Harry Tector (79 off 68 balls) and Dockrell (45 off 23 balls). Who added 90 runs for the 4th wicket and hit 6 sixes between them.
Dockrell was particularly harsh on the South African fast bowlers who were all very expensive.
The spinners Maharaj and Shamsi bowled better for the visitors controlling the run flow but their fast bowlers leaked runs. Ireland creates history by beating South Africa for first time in an ODI.
Chasing 291, Janneman Malan (84) looked in great touch and was hitting sublime shots but only got support from Van Dussen (49). However, the rest of the South African batting failed to force the pace and wickets fell at regular intervals with the asking rate going upwards. There was a last-ditch effort from Rabada and Maharaj but Rabada’s silly run out off a no ball quashed whatever little hopes South Africa had and they fell short by 43 runs.
The Irish bowling attack was disciplined in the line and lengths and never really allowed the Protea batters to cut loose.
The job is now cut out for South Africa as they have to win the final ODI to avoid the embarrassment of losing to Ireland in an ODI series. With the first match, a no result, Ireland now cannot lose this series .
Ireland won by 43 runs
IRE 290/5 (50 Ovs)
Andy Balbirnie(c) 102(117)
Harry Tector 79(68)
RSA 247/10 (48.3 Ovs)
Janneman Malan 84(96)
van der Dussen 49(70)
Joshua Little 2/45
Andy McBrine 2/34