South Africa thrash Ireland by 201 runs
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 cricket World Cup, here today.
Amla’s attacking 128-ball 159 and du Plessis’ 109 off as many balls powered 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 remains 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 fecthed 110 runs.
During their belligerent 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.
Hyle 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.
South Africa: 411/4 in 50 overs (Hashim Amla 159, Faf du Plessis 109, David Miller 46 not out, Rilee Rossouw 61 not out; Andy McBrine 2-63)
Ireland: 210 all out in 45 overs (Andy Balbirnie 58, Kevin O’ Brien 48; Kyle Abbott 4-21, Morne Morkel 3-34).