Canberra, Australia hosted the POOL B match between South Africa & Ireland. South Africa was for sure favourites for this match, but no one can take Ireland lightly who won both of their matches in this world cup. South Africa won the toss & decided to bat first. They had a shaky start when they lost Quinton de Kock in 3rd over. Hashim Amla was joined by Faf du Plessis at the middle, on the team score of 12/1. They both crushed the bowling line up of Ireland. They struck Ireland bowlers all over the park and reached their hundreds. They added 247 runs for 2nd wicket before Faf du Plessis was bowled out by Kevin on 109 (109).
Everyone was expecting another ABD special as the stage was all set for him. After adding 40 runs with De Villiers, Amla was caught out on his ODI high score, 159 (128). South Africa reached 300 in 42nd over, 8 overs left & ABD on crease is modern day worst nightmare for bowlers, but Irish bowlers felt relieved when they got ABD’s wicket who played a small yet quick knock of 24 off 9 balls. Ireland thought that now they can restrict Proteas under 400 but then Rossouw came to the party and scored quick 61* off 30 balls well supported by Miller’s 23 balls 46. South Africa finished their innings at the mammoth total of 411/4.
Ireland is a good chasing side as they chased 3 out off 6 300+ targets in world cups but chasing 400+ in ODIs is still something near to impossible. Ireland were never in the game as they lost 5 wickets off 48 runs in 11 overs.
Kevin O’Brien & Andrew Balbirnie added 81 runs for 6th wicket and helped Ireland to avoid a humiliating loss. Balbirine scored a fifty & Kevin made 48 which helped Ireland to reach 210 before they got all out in 45 overs. Kyle Abbott achieved his career best with 4/21 and helped his team in winning the match by a huge margin of 201 runs.
Man of the Match – Hashim Amla
Stats of this match –
- South Africa & Ireland battled 3rd time in World Cup & South Africa won all the matches.
- Hashim Amla scored his 20th ODI ton & reached 5000 ODI runs. Fastest to do so in only 108 innings.
- Faf du Plessis scored his 4th ODI ton.
- 247 – Runs added by Amla & Rossouw. In last one & a half month, Amla is involved in 3 240+ runs stands.
- 411/4 – Second highest score in World Cup history. Record – India – 413 vs Bermuda (2007).
- South Africa became the first team to score 400+ in consecutive matches & also the first to score 2 400+ in world cups.
- Dale Steyn became the 20th player to play his 100th ODI in world cup.
- AB de Villiers is now involved in 4 400+ ODI scores, equalled the record with Raina, Kohli & Sehwag.
- 966 – Runs scored by De Villiers in World Cups in 19 innings. He missed the fastest 1000 runs in World Cups by just 4 runs. Record – Sachin, 20 innings. He can still level it.
- It was 16th 300+ score in this world cup edition. Record in a single edition – 18 in 2011.