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Twitter comments: Janneman Malan, Quinton de Kock hit tons while South Africa hammered Ireland in the third ODI

South Africa openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock dominated the proceedings in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series as the visitors crush Ireland in Dublin to register their first win on the tour.

Malan was the most important highlight in the match, when he achieved the fourth highest score in South Africa’s ODI history. The right-handed batsman scored a dazzling 177 that was not out to level his team to the series. He hit as many as 16 fours and 6 sixes during his 169-ball stay.

Malan fell just 11 runs short of Proteas’ highest individual scorer in the 50-over format – Gary Kirsten‘s record innings of unbeaten 188.

Malan was well supported by his crime partner, De Kock, who crushed his 16th ODI century. The duo put together a breathtaking opening of 225 runs. The wicketkeeper-batsman eventually scored 120 of 91 deliveries, as South Africa eventually placed 346/4 on the board in their 50 overs awarded.

Joshua Little was the choice of the bowlers for Ireland. He bowled two wickets for 53 runs in nine overs.

Due to the huge total, the host bundled for 276 in 47.1 overs, losing the match by 70 runs. The Irish team struggled at 92/6 when Simi Singh and Curtis Campher did their best to stabilize the innings and got their team out of trouble. The pair extended an important 104-run partnership around the seventh wicket.

While Campher was removed by Andile Phehlukwayo for a well-made 54 runs, Simi stayed at his end and the scoreboard remained tickling. He did not get enough support from other batsmen as the tour party packed Ireland’s innings for 276. Simi smashed his first century and remained unbeaten on 100 out of 91 deliveries.

Tabraiz Shamsi (3/46) and Phehlukwayo (3/56) grabbed three wickets each for South Africa. Left arm rotator Keshav Maharaj (2/51) also shone with the ball and demanded two scalps.

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