Top order batsmen Hashim Amla (159) and Faf du Plessis (109) cracked centuries to help South Africa post 411 for 4, the highest total of the current World Cup, in 50 overs against Ireland in a Pool B game at the Manuka Oval in the ICC World Cup 2015. After skipper AB de Villiers elected to bat, South Africa lost left-handed opener Quinton de Kock (1) early with the scoreborad reading 12 for 1 in 2.3 overs. However, du Plessis joined in-form and right-handed opener Amla in the middle and the duo put up a 247-run partnership, their highest in World Cups for the second wicket. Ireland meanwhile were on course to bundled out for a cheap score before Kevin’ O Brien made a spirited comeback. Catch the cricket highlights of Ireland and South Africa here
The Proteas smashed the hapless Irish bowlers all around the park and scored at a very good pace. They upped the ante even more after scoring half-centuries and continued to dominate. The 31-year-old Amla scored a run-a-ball century and also became the fastest batsman to register 20 One-Day International (ODI) hundreds in just 107 innings. On the other hand, 30-year-old du Plessis notched up his fourth ODI century. He faced 109 balls and scored 10 fours and a six. He was bowled off a Kevin O’Brien yorker but not before putting his team in command at 259 for 2 in the 39th over. Catch the 5 Highlights of the match here
Ireland tried to make a match out of it but were hard done by with the insurmountable total and the ruthless South African bowling machine, who picked up quick wickets early on to put an end to the contest. Ireland soldiered on though, despite being being five down for 48, through Andy Balbirnie Kevin O’Brien, who recently broke the record for the most number of appearances for his country. With South Africa operating with spinners and part-timers in the middle overs, Ireland restored parity and scored runs freely and ensured that they reached a respectable score before being bundled out. The Irish continue to impress but the South Africans are gathering momentum after a rusty start in the tournament. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Complete Fixtures & Time Table of all Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches.
(With Inputs from IANS)