Ireland buried under heap of runs

Du Plessis, Amla hit tons in Proteas run feast

Canberra : South Africa buried a hapless Ireland under a mountain of runs as Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis smashed centuries in Proteas’ comprehensive 201 run win in a Pool B match of the World Cup on Tuesday.

Amla scored a attacking 128-ball 159 and du Plessis’ knocked 109 off as many balls to power South Africa to a mammoth 411 for four, the second highest score in the World Cup history. India’s 413 for five against Bermuda in the 2007 edition remain the highest score.

The two batsmen put up an impressive 247-run partnership for the second wicket as Amla hit 16 fours and four sixes, while du Plessis struck 10 boundaries and a six. Later David Miller and Rilee Rossouw went hammer and tongs as South Africa scored 230 in the last 20 overs, leaving the Irish bowlers bruised and battered. The last 8.3 overs fetched 110 runs.

During their unbroken partnership, Rossouw found the fence six times and cleared it thrice in his 30-ball 61, while Miller hit four boundaries and two sixes in his 23-ball 46.

Andy Balbirnie (58) and Kevin O Brien (48) were the only Ireland batsmen who resisted the fierce Proteas pace attack with their fighting knocks while others crumbled as the team was bowled out for 210. Kyle Abbott gave away only 21 runs in his eight overs and took four wickets while Dale Steyn (2/39) dismissed two batsmen as Ireland were shot out in 45 overs.

In South Africa’s innings, skipper A B de Villiers, who had smashed the world record for the fastest 150 in their previous game against the West Indies, missed out but still made 24 off just nine balls with two sixes and a four. Against the Caribbeans last week,

South Africa had amassed 408 for five. Spinner Andy McBrine, who was called for this match, was the most successful bowler for Ireland, returning with figures of two for 63.

The Irish paid the price for dropping both Amla and du Plessis earlier in the innings, allowing the batsmen to set themselves up for a severe punishment. The Proteas not only found the fence with consummate ease but also ran the singles and twos regularly, adding to Ireland’s misery.

South Africa have won all three of the previous ODIs against Ireland. —PTI

South Africa
H Amla c Joyce b McBrine………..159
Q de Kock c Wilson b Mooney……….1
F du Plessis b K O’Brien……………109
De Villiers c N O’Brien b McBrine…24
D Miller not out………………………..46
R Rossouw not out……………………61
Extras: b1, w7, nb3…………………11
Total: For 4 wkts in 50 ovrs……..411
FoW: 1-12, 2-259, 3-299, 4-301
Bowling: Mooney 7-2-52-1, Sorensen 6-0-76-0, K O’Brien 7-0-95-1, Dockrell 10-0-56-0, Stirling 10-0-68-0, McBrine 10-0-63-2.

Ireland
Porterfield c du Plessis b Abbott…12
P Stirling c de Kock b Steyn………….9
Ed Joyce c Amla b Steyn………………0
N O’Brien c Amla b Abbott…………14
A Balbirnie c Rossouw b Morkel….58
G Wilson lbw b Abbott………………..0
K O’Brien c Rossouw b Abbott…….48
J Mooney b de Villiers…………………8
G Dockrell b Morkel…………………..25
M Sorensen c de Kock b Morkel…..22
A McBrine not out………………………2
Extras: lb3, w9……………………….12
Total: All-out in 45 ovrs………….210
FoW: 1-17, 2-21,3-21, 4-42, 5-48, 6-129, 7-150, 8-167, 9-200
Bowling: Steyn 8-0-39-2, Abbott 8-0-21-4, Morkel 9-0-34-3, Tahir 10-1-50-0, Behardien 2-0-13-0, Rossouw 2-0-13-0, Du Plessis 4-0-30-0, De Villiers 2-0-7-1.

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