Ireland written history when they came face to face South Africa in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series on Tuesday at The Village Ground in Dublin. The The Irish team defeats the Proteas for the very first time in their ODI history.
As the first batsman, the home team put 290/5 on the scoreboard in their 50 overs awarded, thanks to the incredible beat the captain played. Andrew Balbirnie. The right-handed batsman led from the front and crushed his seventh century of his ODI career to take his team to a competitive total.
Balbirnie scored 102 of 117 deliveries, including 10 fours and a few sixes in front of South Africa’s mainstay in bowling. Kagiso Rabada dismiss him.
Apart from the Irish leader, Harry Tector and George Dockrell also made valuable contributions. While Tector smashed 79 off 68 balls using ten boundaries, including 4 sixes, Dockrell made 45 out of 23 deliveries, consisting of 5 fours and 2 maximums.
For the tour party, spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the cheapest bowler. He conceded only 42 runs in his quota of 10 overs and picked up the valued scalp from Andy McBrine.
In response, the Temba Bavuma-led side bundled for 247 in 48.3 overs and lost the match by 43 runs. Opener Janneman Malan a middle order batsman Rassie van der Dussen was the only important contributor in South Africa’s turn.
While Malan scored a remarkable 84 off 96 balls with the help of 7 fours and 4 sixes, Van der Dussen missed his half-century by one run. For the hosts, McBrine (2/34), Joshua Little (2/45), and Mark Adair (2/43) was the choice of the bowlers when the trio took two wickets per pack.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
– Russel Arnold (@ RusselArnold69) 14 July 2021
– Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) 13 July 2021
– Chandresh Narayanan (@ chand2579) 13 July 2021
Ireland wins 2nd ODI in Malahide 👏
Andy Balbirnie deserves the award of the match after his seventh ODI century, and presented the victory over the South African host for the first time.
– ICC (@ICC) 13 July 2021
⛔️ RESULT | IRELAND WINS 43 runs
– Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 13 July 2021
Historic victory for Ireland – their first ever ever against South Africa in one-dayers.
SA has already lost 15 Super League points in this series which could eventually prove huge. They are scheduled to play England at home and tour India, Australia and Sri Lanka. Difficult times ahead.#IREvSA
– Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) 13 July 2021
Big win for Ireland. Only top quality cricket.
– Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) 13 July 2021
What a fantastic victory @cricketireland – meaningful batting, excellent fielding and good use of his attack by Andrew Balbirnie; I wonder if there was some complacency in the SAF camp. If so, there will be no match three … #IREvSA
– Brian Murgatroyd (@murgersb) 13 July 2021
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 13 July 2021
Ireland is a good team. They recently defeated top-class teams such as South Africa and England. The big 4 – Eng, Aus, NZ & Ind must play with these countries to improve cricket more! These teams have the potential to beat a good team on their day. #IREvSA #SAvsIre
– imneev16 (@ imneev16) 14 July 2021
– Malik AWAIS (@ Captain66Awais) 14 July 2021
Ireland 🇮🇪 beat South Africa 🇿🇦 for the first time in one-day matches … Captain’s knockdown of Balbirnie seals the match for Ireland..Last year Balbirnie scored a century against England and they won and this time Balbirnie also won scored a century and Ireland won .. Captain leading from the front #IREvSA
– Bad Karma (@ Mrigank96046592) 14 July 2021