Skipper Andy Balbirnie’s 102 helps Ireland register historic first ODI win over South Africa


Andy Balbirnie-led Ireland stun South Africa to register their historic first ODI win in opposition to them. In the second ODI of the three-ODI sequence, Ireland beat the Proteas by 43 runs at The Village, Dublin to make historical past.(*102*)

The guests did not chase down the goal of 291 and received bundled out for 247 within the forty ninth over. Opener Janneman Malan top-scored for the Proteas with a 96-ball 84. Rassie van der Dussen additionally scored 49 stitching a third-wicket partnership of 108 runs. The wickets of each set batsmen in a span of seven deliveries derailed South Africa’s run chase. It all went downhill for Temba Bavuma’s males as they did not sustain with the required run price and stored shedding wickets.(*102*)

Earlier Balbirine scored his sixth ODI century adopted by 79-run knock of Harry Tector and a quickfire 45 from George Dockrell to assist Ireland put up a preventing complete. Balbirine was named man of the match for his 102-run knock from 117 deliveries. The opener’s match-winning knock was studded with 10 fours and two sixes.(*102*)

“We were put in on a greenish wicket, and they had good bowlers. The way our guys bowled at the death and the middle was amazing. It was a win that we really needed. I thought we outfielded them today, which made the difference. Tector’s freedom while batting was a match-winning,” Balbirine stated within the post-match presentation.(*102*)

“We’ll enjoy this – it’s the first time we have beaten them and it’s a huge day for Ireland. We will have a few beers, it’s not every day that you beat a team of this stature but we have another target in mind, that is to win the series on Friday. I didn’t want to disturb the middle order that much, and McBrine’s 30 and his bowling was exceptional today, and I just couldn’t be prouder of this group. Facing players of the caliber of Rabada and co. and coming out with a decent score, that’s why you play international cricket. We’re pushing hard to get maximum League points this series,” he added.(*102*)

Ireland lead the ODI sequence by 1-0. The first ODI’s second innings was washed out attributable to rain. The shedding captain, Bavuma admitted that the hosts outplayed them in all departments of the sport.(*102*)

“We didn’t take it lightly, but they outplayed us in all facets. Their fielding was impressive. They nailed their batting and bowling skills too, and we need to do a lot of work. The plan for us in the first PP was taking wickets and we couldn’t do so. We created chances but our fielding let us down. We pride ourselves on our fielding. Momentum was on their side and we couldn’t get any on our side. No partnerships for us either, other than Rassie and Malan, and a lot of conversations need to happen and need to translate to execution on the field,” Bavuma stated.(*102*)


South Africa have an opportunity to stage the sequence on July 16. It will likely be adopted by a three-match T20I sequence beginning July 20.(*102*)


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