SA vs Ire: South Africa beat Ireland by 131 runs

first_imgJean-Paul Duminy missed his century by a single run as South Africa beat Ireland by a massive 131-run margin in their World Cup Group B match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday. ScoreChasing 273, Ireland were bundled out for 141 in 33.2 overs.Like South Africa, Ireland too saw their opener William Porterfield walk back early. A good length ball from round the wicket that was pitched on the off by Morne Morkel, saw the left-hander nick the ball to Graeme Smith in the slips when the score was 8/1 off the last ball of the second over.South Africa could have got another one early had Morkel no dropped Paul Stirling in the third over. But, the joy was short-lived for the Irish team as in the very next over Morkel made amends and got the better of Stirling with Jacques Kallis performing the final rites. Stirling fell for 10 and South Africa lost their second wicket on 19/2. Then came a lull as far as South Africa bowlers were concerend as both Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien were trying hard to build the innings. But, the storm wasn’t far away and it took the shape of Jacques Kallis. Kallis struck on the fifth ball of his first over to despatch Niall on 10 and Ireland lost their third wicket on 35.The spinners too got going with offie Johan Botha claiming Ed Joyce on 51/4.Finally, Kevin O’Brien and Gary Wilson got on with a partnership. The duo had put 41 runs on board for the fifth wicket when another spinner.advertisementThis time a left-arm spinner Robin Peterson got rid of ‘giant killer’ Kevin on 19 to reduced Ireland to 92/5 in 22 overs. But his over was far from over and on the fifth ball of the same over he got the other man who had got the partnership going. Wilson fell on 31 off a LBW decision that even saw the Irish team waste their review. Ireland were now 95/6.A few minutes later Peterson got rid of Alex Cusack to increase his victims tally to three and reduce Ireland on 107/7. From here on things just fell apart for the Ireland team as the last three wickets fell in the space of 34 runs.Morkel and Peterson finished with three wickets a piece.South Africa inningsEarlier, J.P. Duminy scored a fine 99 as South Africa put 272/7 on board after being put to bat.It turned out to be a rather poor start for the South Africans as they lost their opener Hashim Amla early. Amla fell trying to play an upper cut off Boyd Rankin. The ball took a thickish edge of his bat and George Dockrell took a fine catch in the deep. He scored 18 of 17 balls. South Africa lost their first wicket on 18/1 in the 5th over.The slide started with that wicket as soon South Africa were reduced to 117/5 with their in-form batsmen back in the pavillion.Skipper Graeme Smith, who has been out of form since long, was the second wicket of the day out on a run out. South Africa lost him on 52/2 in the 10th over. Smith managed to score just seven runs.But, there was more to come as Dockrell clean bowled Morne van Wyk and Jacques Kallis got run out and South Africa were reduced to 95/4 in the 21st over.The Proteas plight was far from over. Soon Faf du Plessis too walked back when the score was a partly 117/5. Paul Stirling flighted the ball outside the off-stump, Plessis was lured into playing a shot and an edge off his bat was easily taken by Trent Johnston in the slips cordon. South Africa fell to 117/5 in the 27th over. Finally, J.P. Duminy and Colin Ingram provided some stablity to the South Africa innings. However, just when things were looking up for South Africa, Johnston struck again to send Ingram back. A slower ball from him deceived the batsman, who went for a sweep but the ball kept low and struck his stumps to reduce South Africa to 204/6 in the 40th over. Ingram put 87 runs for the sixth wicket with Duminy before getting out on 46.Towards the end Duminy and Johan Botha helped South Africa reach a decent total at the Eden Gardens. The duo put on 65 runs for the seventh wicket before Duminy fell on 99 while attempting a big hit in the last over off John Mooney. He didn’t quite time the ball and ended up giving a catch to Johnston in the deep. He fell when the South Africa score was 269.advertisementBotha and Robin Petersen remained unbeaten to help South Africa post 272/7 in 50 overs.last_img

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