South Africa Beats Ireland Playing in their first Twenty20 International, South Africa got off to a flying start with seven overs
with the Brendan Taylor-led batting side bringing up an unbeaten 210 against Ireland. The
victory means that South Africa move on to second in the ICC T20I rankings, just six points
behind leaders New Zealand.
Ireland played its heart out but fell short as South Africa opened their T20 campaign in BristolIt was a case of so near, but yet so far for Ireland as they went down by eight wickets to SouthAfrica in their opening game of the T20 World Cup in Bristol. Chasing 149 to win, the Proteas
reached their target with one ball to spare thanks to some big hitting from David Miller (44 not
out) and JP Duminy (30 not out).
Earlier, Ireland had put up a good fight with the bat after being asked to take first strike. Paul
Stirling top-scored with 39, while Kevin O’Brien made 35 and skipper Gary Wilson chipped in
with 32 as the Boys in Green posted 148/6.
South Africa bowling attack then took charge, with leg-spinner Imran Tahir claiming 3-23 and
pacer Chris Morris picking up 2-28. The Proteas will now take on minnows Afghanistan in their
next game on Sunday.
Ireland scored 137 in 20 overs but lost wickets at regular intervals
It was a case of so close yet so far for Ireland as they suffered a three-run defeat to South Africa
in the second Twenty20 International at Port Elizabeth.
Chasing a target of 141, Ireland looked well on course at one stage, but they lost wickets at
regular intervals and eventually finished on 137/9.
South Africa scored 137/7 in their 20 overs, with Quinton de Kock top-scoring with 46. For
Ireland, Paul Stirling was the pick of the batsmen with an unbeaten 63.
In the end, it was just not enough as South Africa held on for a win that sees them take a 2-0
lead in the three-match series.
South Africa started listless but Rilee Rossouw helped them claw their way back into the game
his 34 off 17 balls was the top score of the innings
It was a tough game, but South Africa managed to pull through and beat Ireland by 7 runs. Rilee
Rossouw was the top scorer for South Africa, with 34 runs off of 17 balls.
Ireland started the game strong, but South Africa fought their way back into it. In the end, it was
a close game, but South Africa managed to come out on top.
Holder picked up 3 wickets while Marchant De Lange and Andile Phehlukwayo took two apiece
South Africa wrapped up a comfortable 10-wicket win over Ireland in the second ODI at Durban,
with Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla finishing unbeaten on 50 and 48 respectively.
It was a dominant performance from start to finish by the home side, who bowled Ireland out for
just 205 in 45 overs. Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers with 3-34, while Chris Morris, Dane
Paterson and Andile Phehlukwayo all chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Chasing a modest target, de Kock and Amla made light work of the Irish bowling attack,
reaching their 50-run partnership in just 58 balls. De Kock brought up his half-century off 56
balls, while Amla reached the milestone two balls later.
The Proteas cruised to victory with more than 15 overs to spare, finishing on 1-208. The win
sees South Africa take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
1. The total South Africa beats Ireland by is 4 runs.
2. This is a close game, with Ireland putting up a good fight.
3. South Africa batting and bowling both performed well today.
4. Ireland will need to step up their game if they want to win the next match.
It was a close match, but in the end South Africa beat Ireland by 21 runs. This
victory is a big deal for South Africa, as it means they are now one step closer to
qualifying for the Cricket World Cup. For Ireland, this defeat is a setback, but they
will no doubt be looking to bounce back in their next match.