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World Cup 2011 – South Africa vs Ireland: South Africa Thump Ireland By 131 Runs

By on March 15, 2011

South Africa 272 for 7 (Duminy 99, Ingram 46, van Wyk 42) beat Ireland 141 (Peterson 3-32, Morkel 3-33) by 131 runs…

South Africa produced a dominant bowling performance to beat the Irish by 131 runs in their World Cup Group B clash at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday.

Ireland were expected to put up a fight against the Proteas and they did meet the expectations for some time with the ball.

Duminy came in and arrested the slide and took South Africa to safety. Ireland never really recovered after the early strikes by Morne Morkel.

To their credit the South Africans never gave them any breathing space and kept it very tight throughout with their bowling as the minnows were all out for only 141 in 33.2 overs.

Ireland will be pleased with their bowling effort though there still seems to be slight concerns over the performance of the top order. Ireland seem to have run out of steam and will do well to win the game against Netherlands.

South Africa are through to the quarters and seem to be peaking at the right time.

Ireland sunk into real trouble as Robin Peterson struck twice in his fifth over to remove Gary Wilson and big-hitting Kevin O’Brien.

There was no magic from Kevin O’Brien this time as he went for a big shot of a Robin Peterson ball and ended up lofting it straight to long off where Amla took a dolly.

Kallis claimed Niall O’Brien after Morne Morkel struck in his consecutive overs to dismiss Ireland openers.

Paul Stirling gave a thick edge to a short pitched ball of Morkel and Kallis took a simple catch in the slip.

Earlier, JP Duminy missed out on a century but rescued a shaky South Africa batting effort to drag the Proteas to 272-7 against the minnows.

Duminy topscored with 99 from 103 balls, sharing an 87-run stand with World Cup rookie Colin Ingram (46) and a half-century partnership with Johan Botha after a fighting Irish performance in the field had South Africa struggling at 117-5.

George Dockrell took a fine diving catch on the boundary to dismiss opener Hashim Amla for 18 and Graeme Smith (7) and Jacques Kallis (19) were both run out.

Morne van Wyk hit a quickfire 42, but also fell early in South Africa’s carefree start, before the composed Duminy dragged the Proteas to a respectable total.

Duminy hit six fours and a six, but played a measured knock initially after South Africa’s top order had tried to be too attacking against the Irish and paid for it.

Needing to win its remaining Group B games against the South Africans and Netherlands to keep alive hopes of a place in the quarterfinals, Ireland had recovered from two missed catches and had South Africa’s top order reeling.

But Duminy delivered a 13th career ODI half-century and eventually fell one short of a maiden World Cup century when he skied a shot off John Mooney (1-36) and was caught three balls from the end.

Ingram supported him at better than a-run-a-ball after being called into the team in place of injured batsman AB de Villiers.

Botha finished 21 not out, while leftarm spinner Dockrell ended with 1-37 off 10 overs and was one of five Irish bowlers to take a wicket.

Amla and Van Wyk were both out to loose shots and Smith and Kallis fell to slick work from Ireland’s fielders. When Faf du Plessis (11) edged to Trent Johnston at slip off spinner Paul Stirling in the 27th over, South Africa had lost five wickets and was facing a major shock.

Duminy came to the rescue, hitting just two fours for a carefully constructed half-century, before accelerating to lead South Africa to a defendable total on a green-tinged pitch which will likely suit the South Africans’ pace bowling attack.

Amla had unleashed a cover drive for four and then a pull shot for six off Boyd Rankin in the fifth over as the Proteas targeted an attacking start at Eden Gardens after being put in to bat.

But he didn’t see out the over, sending a top edge flying down to third man where Dockrell clung on to a diving catch.

Van Wyk’s incident-filled innings included the two dropped catches, a flurry of boundaries and the run out of Smith.

Van Wyk was put down on 4 and 23, but he also carved out seven boundaries and a six.

He was missed first by Kevin O’Brien at short cover _ with O’Brien unable to hang on to a blistering drive.

Despite the warning, the wicketkeeper batsman continued to go for his shots, lofting fours over mid-on and mid-off in the eighth and hitting successive boundaries off Rankin in the ninth.

He was dropped by Stirling off a straightforward chance at slip and was also to blame for Smith’s run out, suggesting a single before sending the skipper back to the non-striker’s end where he was beaten by Mooney’s superb direct hit.

Dockrell ended Van Wyk’s stay with a delivery that beat an attempted cut shot and rattled the stumps to reduce South Africa to 84-3.

Ireland’s fightback in the field continued when Kallis was surprised by captain William Porterfield’s throw from short midwicket and wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien whipped off the bails.

Kallis had struck three early boundaries for his 19 from 31 balls but the TV umpire judged him just short of his crease to put South Africa in real trouble.

Du Plessis departed as the wickets continued to tumble, before Duminy, Ingram and then Botha saved South Africa from embarrassment.

Source: Times of India

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