South Africa scored their second straight total of over 400 runs at the 2015 Cricket World Cup to record a dominant victory over Ireland at Manuka Oval in Canberra yesterday.
AB de Villiers was the star for South Africa in their record breaking win over the West Indies in Sydney last Friday, but yesterday it was Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis who lifted South Africa to a score of 411.
Ireland got off to a flying start when Quinton De Kock was dismissed by John Mooney for one, but Amla (159) and du Plessis (109) put on 247 runs for the second wicket before David Miller (46*) and Rilee Roussouw (61*) chipped in with quick fire cameos in the final ten overs.
The Irish made a very poor start to their run chase and looked on track to suffer a record breaking loss when they were restricted to just 5-48 before Andy Balbirnie (58) and Kevin O’Brien (48) steadied the ship somewhat, but they never looked close to chasing down the mammoth total and were bowled out for 210.
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South Africa’s 2015 World Cup campaign hit a roadblock when they suffered a surprise loss to India in their second game of the tournament, but de Villiers believes that the side is now back on track after their big wins over the West Indies and Ireland.
“It was a good game,” De Villiers said.
“We did it our way.
“We follow our game plans and the guys set it up very nicely up top for our middle order.
“We have made a lot of hundreds over the past 12-15 months and we are very proud of that.
“Amla is still the rock and will always be that for us. Hopefully that form can continue for the rest of the tour.”
Irish captain William Porterfield was disappointed with the performance of his side, but he was quick to pay credit to the outstanding performance of the South African batsmen.
Ireland remain a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, but they need to return to winning form when they take on Zimbabwe at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday.
“It was a difficult evening and they played very well,” Porterfield told the media after the game.
“We had one early breakthrough and wanted more but then it was hard for us.
“All credit to our lower order for the way they stuck it out batting at the end and they were up against some pretty aggressive bowling.
“Obviously the match against Zimbabwe is a big one so we will be looking to take the two points.”
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