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.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
⛔️ RESULT | #PROTEAS WIN BY 70 RUNS
Tabraiz Shamsi and Andile Phehlukwayo each grabbed three wickets as the bowlers won an excellent batting sheet to #Proteas victory achieved in the 3rd ODI against @cricketireland to share the series 1-1#IREvSA #ThatsOurGame pic.twitter.com/YT3fpM2ag8
– Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 16 July 2021
The total runs (297) by the South Africans (Janneman Malan 177 * + Quinton de Kock 120) are today the 7th highest by a starting pair in one-day matches.
The highest agg is the 349 by West Indians (John Campbell 179 + Shai Hope 170) also against Ireland in Dublin on 5 May 2019.#IREvSA
– Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 16 July 2021
Most innings a player takes to score a 150+ score in ODI career: –
5 – John Cambpell
6 – Janneman Malan
Both recorded the top-2 highest scores against Ireland men during their innings.#IREvSA
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 16 July 2021
South Africa with Quinton de Kock is a very different side. #IREvSA
– S. Sudarshanan (@ Sudarshanan7) 16 July 2021
👀: 120 (91)
– Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 16 July 2021
– Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) 16 July 2021
SA wins the final ODI by 70 runs and draws the series 1-1
Stellar knock by Simi Singh to finish at 100 *
Excellent series, Ireland really gave SA a challenge#IREvSA
– ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) 16 July 2021
– Sanu Tripathi (@ sanutripathi771) 16 July 2021
Wonderful beat by Janneman Malan, 177 unbeaten in 169 balls with 16 fours and 6 sixes. He accelerated well towards the end of the sluggish century, a turn to remember for him. What a start he made with his ODI career, averaging more than a hundred in his career. pic.twitter.com/QHOcxHPm7L
– Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) 16 July 2021
– Vincent Barnes (@ VincentBarnes60) 16 July 2021
Janneman Malan finishes on a beautiful 177 that is not 169 balls, South Africa’s fourth highest ODI score ever.
Put the Proteas in charge and this young man is clearly someone who can give them back for the future.
– Ken Borland (@KenBorland) 16 July 2021
#IREvSA Janneman Malan could not have made a bigger statement. Well-played young man, 177 (169).
– Carl Lewis (@Carl_LewisZA) 16 July 2021
100 at number eight by Simi Singh for Ireland .. but South Africa won comfortably .. big daddy hundred by Janneman Malan and 120 by De Kock … #SAWIRE
– Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) 16 July 2021
Bavuma’s response sums it up. Ireland did well to lose by 70 runs after being 90 by 6 points. Simi Singh with an incredible knockdown. Malan and De Kock also with their centuries 🇿🇦. Series tied 1-1. #IREvSA
– EEMS (aNaeemahBenjamin) 16 July 2021