Proteas Paste Ireland

South Africa has thrashed Ireland by 201 runs in Canberra at the ICC Cricket World Cup on Tuesday.  AB De Villiers won the toss and elected to bat first at the Manuka Oval.  The Irish had an immediate impact as John Mooney removed Quinton De Kock for 1 after they opted to review a not out as the decision.  Hashim Amla was joined by Faf du Plessis and they were building a solid partnership as both reached half centuries.

After 30 overs, the South Africans were 181/1 looking for a 300+ score although there was more in store.  Amla brought up his 20th One Day International century after 32.2 overs and became the quickest player to reach that milestone in the history of the game.  Du Plessis also brought up his ton; the fourth of his career as the partnership passed the 200-mark.

Kevin O’Brien cleaned bowled Du Plessis for 109 with South Africa 259/2 after 38.4 overs, ending the 247-run stand.  It was 301/4 when De Villiers lost his wicket for 24 from only 9 balls, but Rilee Rossouw and David Miller took charge and powered the Proteas to 411/4.  Rossouw was unbeaten on 69 not out and Miller unbeaten on 48.

Ireland started badly in their run chase as they lost four wickets in the space of 5 overs as they were reduced to 48/5.  Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O’Brien saved face for the Emerald Island building an 81-run partnership.  Balbirnie departed for a well played 58 as the Irish made their way to 129/6 after 25.5 overs.

Mooney didn’t last long as he was bowled by De Villiers for 8 before Morne Morkel finished off as he ran through the tail.  Ireland was bowled out for 210 with 5 overs to spare.  Kyle Abbott picked up career-best figures of 4/21 while Steyn picked up two wickets in his 100th ODI and Morkel claimed 3/34.