Captain Andy Balbirnie scored a classy century as Eire recorded their first ever One-Day Worldwide victory over South Africa with a win by 43 runs within the second match of their three-game collection in Malahide.
Balbirnie stroked 102 from 117 balls as the house facet posted 5 for 290 of their 50 overs, earlier than limiting the vacationers to 247 all out of their reply to safe the historic victory and a 1-0 lead within the collection after Sunday’s opener was washed out.
Eire may have the possibility to assert the collection when the third and remaining match is performed on the similar venue on Friday.
“I am extraordinarily proud with the character we confirmed,” Balbirnie mentioned. “We knew it was a fairly robust pitch to take 10 wickets on, however the way in which we caught at within the center and in the direction of the dying was a credit score to them (the bowlers).
“It’s a big day for cricket in Eire. We may have a few beers and luxuriate in this, however on the similar time we’ve got to look to Friday, after we may probably win a collection.”
After being despatched in to bat, opener Balbirnie obtained glorious help from Harry Tector (79 from 68 balls), whereas there was additionally a flourish from George Dockrell (45 from 23) on the finish.
South Africa, who once more rested key batsman Quinton de Kock, battled to maintain up with the run-rate all through and when opener Janneman Malan (84 from 96) and Rassie van der Dussen (49 from 70) fell in fast succession with the rating on 160, their probabilities of victory slipped away.
“Massive as much as Eire, they outplayed us and confirmed up on the day. They actually nailed down their expertise with bat and ball. There’s a lot for us to work on,” South Africa captain Temba Bavuma mentioned.
“We created probabilities with the ball however our fielding allow us to down, we set increased requirements than that. The momentum was at all times on their facet.”