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Over 33 || Score 202/1
Opener Amla took a single towards long off in the 33rd over to complete his 20th ODI ton. Superb knock by the the right-hander. You can’t ask for anything better than this. Meanwhile, SF have crossed the 200-run mark as well.
Amla has reached the nervous 90s. He would love to go past the three figure mark as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, Paul Stirling has been brought back into the attack. Skipper Porterfield is juggling his bowlers well but nothing has worked for him thus far. Amla is mere five runs shy of his hundred.
Over 28 || Score 172/1
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Dockrell and McBrine are bowling at the moment for Ireland. In the 25th over, Amla and du Plessis have crossed the 150-run partnership. SF are heading towards a massive score. Same bowling attack which performed impressivly against erratic West Indies and new comers Afghanistan, is looked ordinary against the robust SF batting line up.
Over 25 || Score 160/1
Amla is dealing in sixes now. In the 24th over by Sorensen, the elegant opener broke the shackles and launched the bowled for consecutive sixes — one over cow corner and the next towards extra covers. He then collected a boundary off the next before du Plessis smacked the bowler for another maximum off the fifth ball. Big Big over for SF as 24 runs came off it. 36 runs came in the last three.
Over 22 || Score 124/1
Amla is now looking to accelerate the run-rate a bit as he is trying to add runs quickly. In the 22nd over by Sorensen he played a slightly risky shot down the ground to collect his 8th boundary. Ireland are looking clueless at the moment. Is it time for Irish skipper to call back strike bowler Mooney to bowl an over or two? Nine runs off the last two overs.
Over 20 || Score 115/1
100-run partnership off 105 balls between Amla and du Plessis for the 2nd wicket. In the 20th over, du Plessis also completed his half-century. They are milking the Irish bowlers at the moment.
Over 18 || Score 102/1
Another bowling change! Spinner Andy McBrine has been given the ball for the first time in the innings. Meanwhile, Amla completed his fifty by placing the ball towards cover to run three. Boundaries are coming at regular intervals for South Africa. Sensible batting by the two senior members of the team. Ireland conceded 15 runs off the last two overs. And SF have also crossed the 100-run mark.
Over 16 || Score 87/1
It’s high time Ireland should break this dangerous looking partnership. They have already added 75 runs for the second wicket. Amla is mere two runs shy of his fifty. What a form he has been in. Dockrell and Stirling are bowling in tandem for Ireland.
Over 15 || Score 80/1
Dockrell is flighting the ball, which is a good thing to do and it also shows the confidence of the bowler. But thus far the fielding of Ireland has been pathetic. They have dropped a couple of catches.
Over 12 || Score 66/1
Ohh that’s quite a move. Spin from both the ends as Paul Stirling has also been introduced. And the news is that both the bowlers are troubling the batsmen. So a smart move by the Irish skipper. Nine runs came in the last two overs.
Over 10 || Score 57/1
Spin for the first time as George Dockrell has been introduced into the attack. But Amla and du Plessis both are good players of spin as they use their feet against them quite effectively. Meanwhile, SF have crossed the 50-run mark. So after losing their first wicket early on, SF have recovered well.
Over 8 || Score 48/1
After playing a classy straight drive in the first ball, Amla played an expensive cover drive off the fifth. And both the shots crossed the boundary line with an ease as ten runs came from the over. Amla is in sublime form and it’s imperious for Ireland to get him out early.
Over 7 || Score 38/1
Mooney is not offering much of a room to the batsmen to free their arms. Two runs from the over. Even Amla and du Plessis are not ready to take any chances against the bowler.
Over 6 || Score 36/1
First bowling change! Kevin O’Brien replaced Sorensen. OOH Amla Dropped! First ball, full-length, pitching in the middle and leg, Amla flicked the ball in the air, found a fielder in Ed Joice at shot mid-wicket but he fumbled it down. And then Amla smashed the bowler for consecutive boundaries to collect 11 from it.
Over 5 || Score 25/1
Mooney beating the batsmen at regular intervals. Mind it! he is not an express bowler, but batsmen struggle against him because of his disciplined bowling. Another good over for Ireland as he conceded mere four runs.
Over 4 || Score 21/1
Sorensen has to control his line. He is into his second over and has already bowled six wides. Off the third legitimate delivery of the over, Du Plessis played a super cover drive to hit his first boundary of the match. Another expensive over by the bowler as he leaked nine off it.
Over 3 || Score 12/1
Mooney strikes, De Kock Out! First breakthrough for Ireland. What a delivery. It pitched at a good length, angling away from the left-hander and got the thin edge of his bat as wicketkeeper took a simple catch. Excellent start by Mooney. This time it’s a wicket maiden by the seamer. Faf du Plessis is the new man in.
Q de Kock c Wilson b Mooney 1 (4b)
Over 2 || Score 12/0
South Africa opened their account with the help of an extra as the first ball was a wide by Soresen. Amla then collected two boundaries in the over as 12 runs came off it.
Max Sorensen has the other new ball in hand.
Over 1 || Score 0/0
Mooney is right on the money. He has this quality of picking up the line and length straight up. Maiden over first up by the seamer.
In-form Hashim Amla and De Kock are at the centre to open the batting for South Africa, whereas, specialist Irish seamer John Mooney has the brand new ball to challenge the openers first up.
This is going to be a cracker of a match. Ireland have won their first two matches against West Indies and Afghanistan and their players must be in high spirits. On the other end, South Africa are the title contenders with too many match-winners in the side. Certainly, Proteas are the favourites going into the match but don’t underestimate Ireland.
Toss: South Africa have won the toss and elected to bat first.
William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, Gary Wilson, Kevin O’Brien, John Mooney, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Max Sorensen, Andy McBrine, Peter Chase, Stuart Thompson, Craig Young
South Africa Squad
Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, David Miller, Farhaan Behardien, Dale Steyn, Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir, Jean-Paul Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Vernon Philander
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Ireland go into Tuesday`s World Cup clash against South Africa in Canberra faced with a question that even fanciful Test nations have struggled to find an answer for.
How does one tame the rampaging AB de Villiers before he destroys the rivals` bowling attack, dents their morale and leaves them dumbstruck by what just hit them?
The West Indies once more suffered at the hands of the South African captain who, despite a stomach illness, smashed an audacious 162 off 66 balls with 17 boundaries and eight sixes in Sydney on Friday to fashion a 257-run win.
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It was against the same team that de Villers smashed the fastest one-day century off 31 balls at home in January, prompting former Australian dasher Adam Gilchrist to call him the “most valuable cricketer on the planet.”
The Proteas, one of the pre-tournament favourites, needed the brutal attack by their 31-year-old captain to steady the ship after they were stunned by India by 130 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground a week ago.
De Villiers was run out for 30 in that match by a brilliant throw from the deep by Mohit Sharma, which must make Ireland wonder if that is the only way to see the back of him.
But the proud Irish, whose cricket has developed rapidly under their West Indies coach Phil Simmons, will look to run the mighty Proteas closely after winning their first two games in the tournament.
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Ireland chased down a challenging West Indies total of 304-7 at Nelson with four wickets and 25 balls to spare on the back of half-centuries from Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O`Brien (79 not out).
Simmons, the former West Indies opening batsman, insisted the result was not an upset because his team was now capable of matching skills with the more established teams.
“It excited me the way we played against the West Indies,” said Simmons. “They played four fast bowlers, thinking we would not be able to cope with the speed. It`s the best I`ve seen the team play and it augurs well for the future.”
Ireland overcame wayward bowling in their next game in Brisbane to allow the United Arab Emirates to pile up 278-9, but the batsman kept their nerve to win in the final over with the ninth-wicket pair at the crease.
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If other results go their way, even one win from their four remaining games against South Africa, India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe could see Ireland qualify for the quarter-finals.
However, past records favour South Africa against the Irish, who progressed from the first round in their inaugural appearance at the World Cup in 2007 but were knocked out in the group stages four years later.
Ireland have lost all three one-day internationals against South Africa so far. In their last meeting at the 2011 World Cup at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the Proteas thumped them by 131 runs.
Still, the Irish can be expected to blast away at the batting friendly Manuka Oval wicket where West Indies opener Chris Gayle hammered a World Cup record score of 215 against Zimbabwe last week.
South Africa`s only worry will be the underwhelming form of pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who has claimed just three wickets in the first three games at a high average of 47.66.
With de Villiers` team almost certain to qualify for the knock-out rounds, Steyn will be needed to be at his best if South Africa are to have a shot at their maiden World Cup title.
An unlikely bowling hero for the Proteas is leg-spinner Imran Tahir, whose nine wickets so far is only behind the New Zealand seam duo of Tim Southee (13) and Trent Boult (10) in the leading bowlers` list.