South Africa smash Ireland in World Cup

Hashim Amla of South Africa

South Africa thrashed Ireland by 201 runs in their World Cup Pool B match at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on Tuesday.

The Proteas piled up 411 for four, the second-highest total in the tournament’s history, on the back of hundreds by Hashim Amla (159) and Faf du Plessis (109) with the pair putting on 247 for the second wicket.

South Africa’s fast bowlers reduced Ireland to 48 for five, with Kyle Abbott finishing with figures of four for 21.

But Ireland resistance led by Andrew Balbirnie’s 58 spared the non-Test side a heavier defeat before they were dismissed for 210 as they suffered their first loss in three matches at the 2015 tournament.

Victory gave South Africa their third win in four pool matches, their only defeat so far coming against defending champions India.

South Africa

Hashim Amla c Joyce b McBrine 159

Q. de Kock c Wilson b Mooney 1

F. du Plessis b K. O’Brien 109

AB de Villiers c N. O’Brien b McBrine 24

D. Miller not out 46

R. Rossouw not out 61

Extras: (b1, w7, nb3) 11

Total (4 wkts, 50 overs) 411

Did not bat: Farhaan Behardien, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (de Kock), 2-259 (du Plessis), 3-299 (Amla), 4-301 (de Villiers).

Bowling: Mooney 7-2-52-1 (2nb, 1w); Sorensen 6-0-76-0 (1nb, 6w); K. O’Brien 7-0-95-1; Dockrell 10-0-56-0; Stirling 10-0-68-0; McBrine 10-0-63-2;


W. Porterfield c du Plessis b Abbott 12

P. Stirling c de Kock b Steyn 9

E. Joyce c Amla b Steyn 0

N. O’Brien c Amla b Abbott 14

A. Balbirnie c Rossouw b Morkel 58

G. Wilson lbw b Abbott 0

K. O’Brien c Rossouw b Abbott 48

J. Mooney b de Villiers 8

G. Dockrell b Morkel 25

M. Sorensen c De Kock b Morkel 22

A. McBrine not out 2

Extras: (lb3, w9) 12

Total (all out, 45 overs) 210

Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Stirling), 2-21 (Porterfield), 3-21 (Joyce), 4-42 (N. O’Brien), 5-48 (Wilson), 6-129 (Balbirnie), 7-150 (Mooney), 8-167 (K. O’Brien), 9-200 (Sorensen), 10-210 (Dockrell)

Bowling: Steyn 8-0-39-2; Abbott 8-0-21-4 (1w); Morkel 9-0-34-3 (3w); Tahir 10-1-50-0; Behardien 2-0-13-0; Rossouw 2-0-13-0; Du Plessis 4-0-30-0 (5w); De Villiers 2-0-7-1;

Result: South Africa won by 201 runs

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