Amla, Abbott drive South Africa home against Ireland
Riding on the magnificient 159-run knock from Hashim Amla, 109 from Faf du Plessis and a 4-wicket haul from the seamer Kyle Abbott, South Africa thrashed Ireland by 201 runs in the Pool B match at Canberra.
After choosing to bat first, South Africa got off to a bad start as they lost their opener Quinton de Kock cheaply courtesy some good bowling from John Mooney. Amla, who was also adjudged the man of the match and du Plessis then steadied the ship with their 247-run partnership and more or less took the match away from Ireland. Both brought up their hundreds before du Plessis lost his wicket to Kevin O’Brien. Amla and skipper AB de Villiers continued the onslaught before both got out in quick succession. de Villiers played a little cameo of 24 off just 9 balls. David Miller and Rilee Rossouw then put on 110 runs inside 9 overs to propel South Africa’s total of 411. This was their highest total in the World Cup and the second highest overall in World Cup history. Both Rossouw and Miller remained unbeaten on 61 and 43 respectively.
Chasing this huge target, Dale Steyn and Kyle Abbott struck early to leave Ireland reeling at 48/5 in 11 overs. Andy Balbirine and Kevin O’Brien then showed some fight but it was all too late for Ireland to come back into the match. Balbirine scored 58 and Kevin scored 48 before Ireland got out bundled out for 210 in 45 overs.
Brief Scores: South Africa 411/4 (Amla 159, du Plessis 109) defeated Ireland 210 (Balbirine 58, Abbott 4-21) by 201 runs
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